Steve Schmidt signs final piece to most talented recruiting class in school history

Posted: August 14, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott

Malik Albert, Detroit King (DPS photo)

Backing up a fourth national championship and a school record 35-1 record  just got a little easier for Steve Schmidt. The hall of fame coach at Mott Community College in Flint just reeled in the final player in what, at least on paper, is the most talented recruiting class in the storied program’s history.

The Basketball City welcomes Detroit King’s Malik Albert, arguably the Motor City’s top senior guard. The 6-3 combo guard led King to the PSL championship this past season, lighting up Detroit Pershing to the tune of 30 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in the clincher. Albert is athletic, versatile and a big-game performer. As a senior, he averaged 22 points per game with five rebounds and two assists.

The last recruiting class that was at this level (2005) included several players from Detroit.. Historically, Mott has been a tremendous jumping off point for Detroit-area prospects  — Jerel Allen, Jesse Bunkley, Thomas Kennedy, Terrence Watson, DeAndre Nealy, Jay Youngblood, Carlos English, Rob Giles, Demarcus Ishmael and more.

The final recruiting haul

Size? Check. Quickness? Check. Championship pedigree? Check. Homegrown talent? Check. And at Mott, one doesn’t have to ask about athleticism. That’s basically a prerequisite in this program.

The names: Malik Albert (Detroit King), Devin Foster (Chicago Curie), Coreante DeBerry (Holland, Michigan), William Abbott (Detroit King), Trevon Banks (Detroit Cass Tech), Chester McFadden (Springfield, Ohio), Sy McDonald (Flint Northwestern, Summit Christian), Antuan Burks (Flint Beecher) and Myles Busby (Niles, Michigan).

With little doubt, I think this class is the best in Schmidt’s tenure. It was close even without Albert, just based on the size variable. Schmidt’s teams rarely have good size (he loves guards), but all that changes this season with DeBerry checking in at 6-9 and Abbott at 6-6. He has seven more players at 6-3 or taller as well (Kortez Ross, Chavis Mattison, Kory Billups, McFadden, Foster, Banks, Busby).

Schmidt needed a big class this season to offset the loss of sophomores John Taylor, Darryl “Boo” Marshall and Walter Davis. Also, freshman guard and second-leading scorer Ralph Eason will not be back with the team this season.

Is this roster better than last year’s national championship team? On paper, it is. We’ll see how they look on the floor in November.

  1. […] as Sussman suggests. There is a certain four-time national champion JUCO coach about an hour away who just hauled in another in a long line of impressive recruiting classes who has been dying for a Division I coaching opportunity. Time to make the right call, EMU. […]

  2. Chris Matheson says:

    Is Freddie always this negative???

  3. Freddie McCoy says:

    lol, too much talent, somebody on that team is going be crying for more playing time down the line.

  4. S.Colin says:

    Mark my words….

    Malik Albert will be Schmdit’s next All-American, Jeremie Simmons #2

    No, they don’t play the same at all, but he will have the same type of impact, he will lead the team in scoring both years and Ralph Eason was good, but Malik is better RIGHT NOW.

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