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Mott’s Diandre Wilson enters 1,000-point club

Posted: February 15, 2017 by Jared Field in High School

 

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Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson

It’s not easy to be a household name in the Schmidt House. For more than two decades, Mott has been a clearinghouse for high-level guards who always seem to find their way to the D-1 level.

Enter sophomore Diandre Wilson.

The 6-2 combo guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is among the top JUCO guards in the country this season. Wilson has scored 30-plus points four times this season including a 37-point outburst against rival Oakland.

He is averaging 22 points per game with four assists. His season average is the second-most for any player in the Schmidt era (John Taylor, 24.9). It’s more than big-time players like Ohio State guard Jeremie Simmons, Alonzo Evans (Cincinnati) and Rashi Johnson (MSU).

Wilson is the real deal.

With plenty of basketball left to be played, he has already etched his name into the history books as one of the top scorers in program history.

Heading into Mott’s clash with Schoolcraft on Wednesday night, Wilson has 1,067 points in his career, good enough for third-most in the Steve Schmidt era (he passed former National Player of the Year Jay Youngblood last month).

With a little luck and a lot of stellar play, Wilson has an outside shot at reeling in former Mott great Malik Albert (Creighton), who scored 1,252 points in his career. (Simmons is the all-time leading scorer with 1,349 points.)

Wilson has earned a reputation for doing what he calls “making something out of nothing.” He has shown an ability to score on and off the ball, to create for himself and his teammates.  He’s about as steady a player as we’ve seen at Mott; he’s calm, calculating and creative.

Wilson’s coach shrugs off comparisons between his current and former players, preferring to highlight their uniqueness as individuals.

“Diandre has the ability to make plays … he’s deceptively athletic, although he’s not going to blow you away with his athleticism,” said Mott’s hall of fame head coach Steve Schmidt. “He has a very high basketball IQ, is mentally tough and extremely confident.”

Schmidt said Wilson’s final chapter at Mott is far from being written. He has an opportunity to lead his team in the same way many of the great guards in the past have – through the postseason.

Wilson, for his part, sees a big difference in his play from last season that could be crucial for his team down the stretch.

“The things that have really changed about me as a player is making the right play at the right time,” he said. “Making sure I’m making the game easy for myself and teammates. Also being a leader at all times on and off the court.”

Schmidt acknowledges as much, first noting Wilson’s improvements off the court and their effect on his performances on it.

“He’s really matured and taken on a leadership role as well as taken ownership in the program,” Schmidt said. “As a freshman, he was our top player on an average team that didn’t work as hard as it takes on and off the court to be successful. There’s a reason why we only brought Diandre and Sean Corcoran back from last season. Diandre put a lot of extra time in after his freshman season. He stayed here in the spring to take classes and we worked diligently on his game. He matured and become more comfortable with our program.”

Mott fans are just as comfortable with Wilson leading the upstart Bears this season. With a 19-4 record, the Bears are on pace for their best season since 2013.

The dream for Wilson is a national championship run and an opportunity to play at the next level, one that many before him have seen through.

“I think he will have a smooth transition to the next level because of his understanding of the game, and his ability to make plays,” Schmidt said. “He’s also done a great job of putting himself in position to graduate.  There are a lot of great players who lose sight of the academic piece and end up scrambling.”

Schmidt says there are a number of solid D-1 programs who know his name and are currently recruiting him.

“They also know what to expect when they recruit a player from Mott,” he added.  “We just need to focus on taking care of business down the stretch and the other things will take care of themselves. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be successful.”

 

Mott freshman Marcus Cole slams home two of his 17 points against Alpena (Gerry Leslie photo)

The Mott Community College Bears made quick work of Alpena on Saturday afternoon in Flint. The Bears’ top scorer, Diandre Wilson, could not miss from outside and led the Bears to an easy win, 85-52.

The Bears, winners of 13 of their last 14, entered the game tied for first in the MCCAA’s eastern conference with Macomb and Schoolcraft. After Saturday’s game between those two, Mott is now tied with only Macomb, a team they beat Wednesday night by eight.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he had to work to keep his team focused for Saturday’s tilt, as Alpena (0-11) came into the game winless on the season. Alpena’s head coach, Frank McCourt, will retire after after the season, his 50th with the Lumberjacks.

“These are tough games to get ready for,” Schmidt told MRSN radio after the game. “To their credit, they’ve hung in there. Our league is good, so it’s tough.”

Mott (17-3) led the Lumberjacks by 21 at the half and by more than 30 for long stretches of the second half.

Wilson, a future division one guard, led all scorers with 31 points. Wilson had eight triples on 10 attempts. Freshman forward Marcus Cole added 17 points.

Schmidt said he continues to be impressed by the play of freshman point guard Darwin Weis, who came up huge for the Bears on Wednesday night versus Macomb.

“He’s still doing a good job running the team,” he said. “He’s defending well .. and anytime you hold a team to 52 points, you have a good chance of winning the game.”

Weis had nine points, seven assists and four steals. 

Schmidt’s Bears will have three consecutive road games coming up, including Wednesday night versus Wayne County, a gym that has not been friendly to the Bears in recent years.

“I think we’re a much better road team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Schmidt said. “I see this team getting better, I really do. We have a tough stretch, but I think this team is up to the challenge.”

Listen to Mott basketball all season at MRSN.us or through the Tune-in Radio app.

 

 

No. 12 Mott knocks off Mid Michigan, 76-56

Posted: December 17, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College Bears were a man down on Saturday afternoon in Flint. Sophomore forward Robert McCalley sat out the game with an ankle injury he suffered last week.

Even so, the Lakers of Mid Michigan College (7-2) were no match for the no. 12-ranked Bears. Mott led by 14 at the half, and by as many as 22 in the second half, en route to a 76-56 victory. The Bears improved to 10-2 on the season.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said before the game that his team was prepared for a fight against MMCC. Schmidt has a lot of respect for MMCC head coach Caleb House and his staff, and knew the Lakers could fill it up from outside. His words proved true, as every time the Bears appeared poised to blow the game wide open, the Lakers shot their way back.

The Bears held the Lakers to only two points in the first five minutes due, in large part, to the pressure Mott was able to put on MMCC’s ball handlers. Pressuring the ball was a consistent theme in the game for Mott, and has been during the Bears’ six-game winning streak. During that stretch, the Bears are surrendering  only 61 points per game.

That 60-point threshold is an important one for Mott, as Schmidt’s championship teams of the past made a habit of holding teams under that mark.

Windy City freshman Marcus Cole scored 20 points with six rebounds. Freshman guard Austin Walker scored 15 points including a dunk in transition. The streaky shooter from South Carolina is really starting to show a nice all-around offensive game.

Diandre Wilson and Sidney Mason added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bears will be off for Christmas break and will return to action on December 30 against Lake Michigan College. Listen live all season at MRSN.us.

Mott Community College, on the strength of a 29-10 run in the second half, blew out Kalamazoo Valley on Wednesday night in Flint, 91-58. 

Both teams started off rusty after a delayed start to the game. After the sluggish start, the Bears simply overpowered KVCC. Mott (9-2) led by 30 midway through the second half paced by the play of sophomore guard Diandre Wilson. 

“It was a pretty good second half but we just didn’t have it at first,” said Mott Head Coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN. “It was a good win. We just need one more and then we can enjoy Christmas.”

The contest was the first of five consecutive home games for Mott in the next three weeks. The Bears must remain focused in preparation for the  January 4 clash against unbeaten Oakland CC. The Raiders are the only team in Michigan the Bears are looking up at in the NJCAA national poll. 

Wilson led all scorers with 22. Marcus Cole added 16 and Shawn Pardee 11. 

The Bears will take on Mid Michigan CC at 3 pm Saturday at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Listen live on the Michigan Regional Sports Network.  

The Mott Community College Bears won their fourth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, blowing out Muskegon 69-52 on the road. The matchup was the team’s last road contest for more than a month.

The Bears won their earlier meeting with Muskegon, 92-64.

Marcus Cole, one of the Bears’ top freshmen, was tasked with stopping Daryl Kirkland, a D-1 transfer from Eastern Michigan and one of the top players in the MCCAA. Cole held Kirkland to nine points on 4-for-17 from the field. It was a backbreaker for Muskegon, now 5-3 on the season.

The Bears (8-2), led by sophomore guard Deandre Wilson, led by 11 at the half. After Muskegon cut the Bears’ lead to six, Mott sprinted out on a 10-0 run to put the game out of  reach.

Wilson led all scorers with 20 points. Freshman Austin Walker scored 16 points on seven shots. Freshman Sidney Mason added six points, eight rebounds and five blocks. In addition to his stellar defense on Muskegon’s top player, Cole scored 10 points with six rebounds and three steals.

The Bears next five games will be played in the friendly confines of Ballenger Fieldhouse. They will be favored in four of five (Oakland the possible exception).Expect the Bears to continue creeping up the NJCAA national poll. They are currently no. 18 but that will certainly improve after Wednesday’s win over Lansing.

Mott will take on Kalamazoo Valley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at home. Listen lives on the Michigan Regional Sports Network at MRSN.us.

 

No. 16-ranked Mott blows out Muskegon, 92-64

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Mott Community College improved to 3-1 on the season after a 92-64 blowout of Muskegon (1-1) on Friday night in Flint.

The Bears led by 16 at the break before exploding for 50 points in the second half. Mott shot 63 percent from the field in the half and 40 percent from three-point range.

Five Bears scored in double figures led by sophomore Diandre Wilson’s 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. Forwards Rob McCalley and Marcus Cole added 18 points apiece. Freshman guards Shawn Pardee and Austin Walker rounded out the scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Daryl Kirkland led Muskegon with 19 points.

Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kalamazoo Valley.

dynamic-dozen-copy-1FLINT, Michigan — Next Friday night (Oct. 21) at Ballenger Field House in Flint, the past will collide with the present at the “Return of the Champions” alumni game. Mott’s 2016-17 team featuring sophomore Diandre Wilson, one of the top JUCO guards in the country, will take on the Bears’ alumni squad including some of the best players in school history.

“We’ve done alumni games in the past, but this might be the best collection of talent we’ve ever had on the floor at the same time,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt.

There are a few other big-time talents on Mott’s current roster that will turn heads this year, including Austin Walker, an all-state guard from South Carolina, local sharpshooter Shawn Pardee (Millington) and Chicago Bogan’s Marcus Cole.

The alumni team is headlined by three former national players of the year, Kevin Tiggs (ETSU), Jeremie Simmons (Ohio State) and Jay Youngblood (Kent State). Most of the players on the alumni squad have had careers overseas and several are still playing professionally.

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Jeremie Simmons

Simmons is in an elite class at Mott, having won national championship rings in each of his two seasons playing for Schmidt.

Tiggs, for his part, is a legend in Flint. In just two years, Tiggs went from relative unknown (having played very little organized basketball) from the north side of Flint to a division one recruit and future pro.
Youngblood’s no slouch, either. There are many longtime Mott fans who still claim he’s the best player to ever wear the black and gold. While Tiggs is a legend in Flint, Youngblood is a star in Lebanon. (He actually played as a naturalized citizen on the Lebanese national team.)
“This is a great opportunity for Mott fans to not only see our new team, but also see some familiar faces from the past,” Schmidt said. “I’m confident my team will compete even though they’re matched up against a bunch of guys who have played the game all over the world.”
Former Mott and University of Detroit forward Doug Anderson, the so-called best street ball dunker in the world, will also play for the alumni squad. Anderson, of TNT’s “Dunk King” fame, won the 2013 College Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most ridiculous displays of athleticism you will ever see.

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Doug Anderson

“If you never got to see Doug during his two years at Mott, you’re in for a treat,” Schmidt said. “We’ve never had a player electrify our gym quite like Doug.”

(His highlights from Mott alone are incredible.)

Joining Anderson are Carlos English (Cleveland State and current member of the Harlem Globetrotters), Greg Hamlin (ETSU), Jesse Bunkley (EMU) and Bobby Lewis (Northwood).

Every player on the alumni roster has won a championship in high school, college or professional basketball.

“This event is symbolic of not only where we’ve been as a program, but where we are going,” Schmidt said. “We have more banners to hang, more champions to develop.”

The game tips at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

Rosters for Bruin Club All-Star Game

Posted: June 22, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Here are the rosters for the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

Players should arrive no later than 7 p.m. on game day for a 7:30 p.m tip. 

Black Team

Caleb Carter, Brandon
Jack Monro, Brandon
Tarq Archibald, Brandon

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton
Zach Leedom, Grand Blanc

Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc

Ian Hodges, Holly
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton

Ivan Warren, Southwestern
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern
Antonio Smith, coach
 

Gold Team

Quay Burks, Beecher
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille

Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher

Tyler Deering, Bentley

Logan Plude, Flushing

Malik Smith, Hamady

Shawn Pardee, Millington
Jared Long, Montrose
Eric McGeary, Lapeer
Byron Morse, Lapeer
Brandon Carpenter, Powers
Corey Townsend, Powers
Kevin Tiggs, coach

Please see the list below of invitees to the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

If your name is on this list, please send an e-mail to field.jared@gmail.com to confirm your spot in the game. You can also confirm via direct message to @jaredfield1 on Twitter.

We also have a list of alternates for this game in case there are players who cannot attend.

Players should arrive no later than 7 p.m. on game day for a 7:30 p.m tip. 

Invitees

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton (confirmed)
Quay Burks, Beecher (confirmed)
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille (confirmed)
Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher (confirmed)
Delon Willis, Beecher
Tyler Deering, Bentley (confirmed)
Caleb Carter, Brandon (confirmed)
Jack Monro, Brandon (confirmed)
Tarq Archibald, Brandon (confirmed)
Chris Gilbert, Fenton
Logan Plude, Flushing (confirmed)
Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Malik Smith, Hamady (confirmed)
Ian Hodges, Holly (confirmed)
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton (confirmed)
Eric McGeary, Lapeer (confirmed)
Byron Morse, Lapeer (confirmed)
Shawn Pardee, Millington (confirmed)
Jared Long, Montrose (confirmed)
Brandon Carpenter, Powers (confirmed)
Corey Townsend, Powers (confirmed)
Ivan Warren, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern (confirmed)
 

 

For the past two seasons, one of the top JUCO programs in the country has looked pedestrian at best. A shell of its former self, Mott (19-12) will once again have to regroup after a second consecutive 12-loss season and early ouster in the District 10 tournament.

The Bears were knocked off by Macomb in the semifinal matchup on Friday night at Delta College, 71-66. The Bears struggled throughout the game with inefficiency on offense and miserable shooting from the perimeter. Even after a furious late rally shaved Macomb’s 12-point lead down to one, the Bears simply could not execute in crunch time. It was the Bears’ second loss to the Monarchs this season.

“I’m really proud of that comeback; they hung in there,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Radio. “They fought hard these last two weeks … we just didn’t execute the plays well enough to win. But (Macomb) is a good team.”

The Bears had numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final three minutes, but virtually every time the shot rimmed out or the whistle didn’t blow.

Freshman guard Diandre Wilson finished his season with 19 points. Mott’s second-leading scorer (after the loss of Jalen Adams) Lorenzo Collier, managed only eight. Mitch Rubio added nine. Freshman DJ Mayo, Mott’s best outside shooter, did not score.

Schmidt said he hoped his team of mostly freshmen stay committed to the program and dedicate themselves to getting better. Last year’s 12-loss team had very little promise. The players didn’t seem to mesh well and there was an obvious lack of commitment to the program on and off the court. Wilson will more than likely be the odds-on favorite to be the player of the year in the MCCAA. Mayo, in spite of his poor performance, is an offseason of strength and conditioning from being a high-impact player.

This group stands in stark contrast with the 2014-15 team; with a few key recruits, especially in the frontcourt, the Bears could have something special next season. The teams competing for the Eastern Conference championship this season are deeper and much more experienced. By this time next year, that description could be used for Mott.

That said, it’s a long slog for the program to get back to where it was. Bear in mind that Schmidt’s teams won 25 or more games in 19 consecutive seasons before the streak was snapped this time last year. That level of consistency is unparalleled.

Truly, 24 losses in two seasons at Mott just doesn’t seem possible. Add to that Mott’s three-year absence from the NJCAA National Tournament — for more than a decade, it was the program’s second home.

The future of the program boils down to recruiting. If Mott can’t figure out a way to find tough kids who hate to lose, the type of players who made the program great, seasons like this one will become the new normal. Like consecutive 12-loss seasons, that, too, doesn’t seem possible. Mott will be back.