Mott Community College sophomore John Taylor is now a member of an elite class of Bears honored with the title of All-American. Taylor joins several of Schmidt’s champions of the past, including Kevin Tiggs and Jeremie Simmons, on the NJCAA’s first team.
Taylor, a 6-1 guard from the west side of Chicago, came to Mott with the promise that the right program could make the most of his immense talent.
“John and I put together a plan when he signed with us, an ambitious plan,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “I told him that he could be one of the best players in the country. He has the talent and Mott has the program and coaches to make it happen.”
At the beginning of the season, Taylor told his new coach that he was “back.” The program had lit a fire under Taylor and he was poised to make a run at a national championship.
Taylor set the JUCO world on fire this season with three 40+ point performances en route to a 25 points per game average. His stunning display of scoring prompted one opposing coach to call him the best junior college player he’d ever seen.
Taylor led Mott to its fourth national championship and for his hard work he was named national tournament MVP. He will also be among the finalists for the National Player of the Year award. If Taylor wins it, he will become the fourth player during Schmidt’s tenure to receive the award.
Taylor is probably the most electrifying scoring guard at Mott since Rashi Johnson. He has the ball on a string and attacks the basket with reckless abandon. As stars go, Taylor was a coach’s dream.
“I’ve loved coaching John and he can be sure that I’ll always be there for him,” Schmidt said.