Mott to play again at Coppin MEAC Player of Year will wait on NBA

June 22, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

When Terquin Mott decided to enter the NBA draft last month, one of his reasons was to assist his family in Philadelphia. Now Mott has decided to return to Coppin State for his senior season, a decision that is likely to assist him in the long run.

Mott, who declared himself eligible for the draft May 13, this week notified the NBA that he was removing himself as an early-entry candidate. He is allowed to play in college again because he didn't hire an agent.

Mott two weeks ago participated in the weeklong pre-draft camp in Chicago. It was not a wasted effort, because Mott was able to demonstrate his talents before executives from every team in the league.

"Mott is very active and has a great deal of talent," Chuck Douglas, head scout for the Washington Bullets, said after one of the games in Chicago. "I think he would help himself if he goes back to school."

Now, the scouts at least are familiar with Mott. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season, averaging 19.0 points and 7.4 rebounds. His field-goal percentage (.638) ranked fifth in the nation, and he helped Coppin State to the MEAC title game, which it lost to South Carolina State.

With Mott coming back, the Eagles will return four starters from a team that finished 19-10.

Mott has worked to overcome a troubled past, which included a stay at Glen Mills, a school in Pennsylvania for juvenile delinquents. He majors in criminal justice at Coppin and is a third-team GTE Academic All-American who had a 4.0 grade-point average during the first semester.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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