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First look: Mott men mirroring most recent national title team

Posted: October 5, 2013 by Jared Field in Mott
Mott's Steve Schmidt coaches in the midst of Saturday's inter-squad scrimmage.

Mott’s Steve Schmidt coaches in the midst of Saturday’s inter-squad scrimmage. Later that evening, Schmidt was inducted in the BCAM Hall of Fame in Lansing.

This morning, Mott Community College head men’s basketball coach Steve Schmidt appeared to be in midseason form. The hall of fame coach, fresh off a speaking engagement at a Nike-sponsored coaches clinic in Cleveland, put his team through a high-intensity workout before breaking off for a 40-minute scrimmage at game speed.

This season’s team has much more in common with the 2011-12 squad than the team that lost in the first game of the national tournament in March — that, of course, is a good thing. The 2011-12 team, led by All-American John Taylor, went 35-1 en route to Schmidt’s fourth national championship.

Granted, there’s no John Taylor on this roster; but, there’s a little more height and a lot more depth to make up for what they lack in star power. Mott returns four sophomores from a team that finished eighth in the nation.