Mott rolls over Rochester College JV in warm-up for Friday night’s clash with Kalamazoo Valley

Posted: November 4, 2014 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — It didn’t take long for basketball fans in Flint to familiarize themselves with the most intriguing prospect on Steve Schmidt’s roster of 11 fresh faces. The player formerly known as “Caris LeVert‘s brother,” it turns out, has his own name and his own game.

Darryl LeVert, Mott’s 6-foot-7 power forward, was dominant at both ends of the floor on Tuesday night, as Mott clobbered Rochester College’s JV squad, 101-60. He scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds in the first half leading the Bears in what turned out to be little more than a well-organized scrimmage. LeVert finished with 13 points on seven shots, 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Mott started the game on a 30-7 run punctuated by three consecutive baskets from Detroit freshman Daryl Bigham. Former Flint Northern and Beecher standout Tez Ivory-Thomas scored 12 points in the half including 2-for-3 from 3-point range to make the second half little more than a formality. Bigham finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Ivory-Thomas added 16 points and three assists.

The second half played out like a full-fledged practice for Mott as Coach Schmidt made wholesale changes to his lineup, playing every active player on the roster.

Mott’s leading scorer was Worcester, MA product Rod Milton, who scored 20 points on 11 shots with five boards. Milton plays above the rim and will put many in mind of former Mott small forward Ralph Eason. Milton passes the eyeball test. He looks like the real deal.

Former Flint Southwestern standout guard Malik Young struggled at times tonight finishing at the rim, but showed the quickness that will make him a nightmare to defend this season. He scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting.

Arguably Mott’s most-heralded prospect, former Chicago Curie guard Joseph Stamps, did not play due to an injury.

Brenden Adams led Rochester with 13 points.

Mott (1-0) will return to action at 7:30 p.m. at home on Friday night against Kalamazoo Valley.

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