This afternoon I got my first look at the 2012 recruiting class at Mott and I wasn’t disappointed. Chicago freshman Devin Foster is everything people say he is: quick, crafty with the ball and an exceptional passer. The 6-3 combo guard is probably the most highly-regarded of Mott’s 2012 class, and for good reason.
Detroit freshman Malik Albert was not at today’s open gym, but very clearly he will have his hands full competing for his spot in the backcourt with Foster and former Flint Northwestern point guard Sy McDonald. The 5-11 McDonald is built like a running back, but is light on his feet and has lockdown potential defensively. He had the play of the day early on, when he shed his man on a one-on-one fast break with a spin move into a two-handed slam. As good as he is, I’d consider starting three guards — McDonald, Albert and Foster.
That trio would start alongside the biggest and most impressive frontline I’ve ever seen in the MCCAA — Coreante DeBerry (6-9) and September surprise Fred Mattison (6-7). DeBerry is a known quantity in Michigan, having played high school ball and AAU on the state’s west side. Mattison, on the other hand, is from South Carolina and came to Mott after one season with Kilgore College in Texas. His cousin, Chavis Mattison, is a sophomore at Mott. DeBerry has monster potential with his size and mobility. He’s a pure five man, a rarity at the JUCO level. Fred Mattison is a prototype SF/PF at this level and I expect him to be a double-double guy.
Another forward with starter potential is 6-4 transfer Chester McFadden. Unfortunately, McFadden was moving in today and only played in the last game or two. He certainly looks the part, though.
One final player who caught my eye is 6-5 forward Travon Banks (Detroit Cass Tech). I think he could help fill the void left by the transfer of 6-2 forward Ralph Eason. Banks is all over the floor, very active on the glass and a quick-jumping shot blocker. His offensive game is actually better than I expected.
I enjoy speculating about starters, but ultimately it doesn’t matter that much. Head Coach Steve Schmidt will got at least 10 deep into this roster.
This is the biggest, most athletically gifted team I’ve seen at Mott. Coach Schmidt went 35-1 and won the national title last year with half as much talent.