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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Monday, July 28, 2014

He's Going Back To Cali

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Daelin Hayes, one of the nation's most highly-touted prep football prospects, has fallen in love with L.A.
Who wouldn't?
Hayes, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound running back-linebacker, committed to USC, following a visit out to Cali over the weekend.
A rare breed of pigskin specimen, this TEAM PORRITT incoming junior blue-chipper had almost every elite D1 college football power in hot pursuit of his talents – he held more than a  dozen top-tier scholarships offer (including Michigan and Michigan State) at the time of his commitment to the Trojans.
Making this story that much more special is the fact Hayes has literally only played one set of downs in his high school career.
Mind you, it was a mighty impressive set, chugging 15 yards on his first carry last season, before sustaining an injury two plays later that shelved him for the majority of his sophomore campaign in 2013.
Man, Burney can't wait for this GRIDIRON PRODIGY to hit the field next month and start devouring the comp at the rapid clip I know is on the horizon very shortly.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Entering The Spotlight

Now introducing your new Southfield Christian starting backcourt;
Juniors Jalen "The Butter Man" Bouldes & Richard "Faygo Pop" Feagin.
With all state point guard Bakari Evelyn departing for Arizona this week, guard-duty for the Eagles' three-time defending state champion boys basketball squad has passed to Bouldes and Feagin.
To say they are ready for the collective responsibility would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the decade!!! These two are as PRIMETIME in every way possible. Neon Deion Sanders, the original Mr. Primetime himself is beaming with pride somewhere as I write these very words.
Bouldes, SCS' new lead floor general, lives up to his nickname and has a game that's as soft and smooth as a giant stick of butter. His style is a rare combination of silky and bull-dog tough and he could have been the best back-up point guard in the OC last year…..YEAH, I SAID IT!!!
Feagin, sliding into the two-spot that belonged to graduating Lindsey Hunter IV the past three seasons, became famous last winter for coming off the bench and dropping MAD FAYGO-POP 3-BOMBS from all over the court. Expect more of the same in 2015, as Feagin is in the midst of a breakout summer hooping with Under Armour's One Nation AAU club.
Burney has just one more thing to say on this subject – CAN YOU SAY 4PEAT!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nothing Mini About This

Ray Buford wrapped up his college recruiting this week. Southfield's crafty and playmaker of a cornerback-wide receiver committed to the University of Minnesota. Buford, one of the premiere secondary prospects in the state's Class of 2015, is PRIMETIME in everything he does!! He's sticky on 'D,' lockdown all the way, the master of the "Buford Pass break-up." On offense, he's a game-changer no matter where and when he's got the rock in his hands. Can you say SWAGGER LEVEL FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND; ACHIEVED. The University of Minnesota went 8-5 last year and appeared in the Texas Bowl. Buford's Southfield club, defending champions of the OAA White, are expected to be a D2 state power again in 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegas Baby, Vegas

Big Play Ray has been in Big Play Mode all month down in the desert.
It culminated this week with a championship trophy and MVP award for Oakland County's own Ray McCallum, Jr out in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
McCallum, the Birmingham DCD and University of Detroit-Mercy alum, averaged 18 points per game and propelled his Sacramento Kings club to the title. He dropped a 29 spot in the LV Summer League Finals vs the Houston Rockets.
SacTown finished 28-54 in 2014, with the rookie McCallum catching fire down the stretch, eclipsing the 20-point plateau three times in the closing 10 games of the season.
Selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, McCallum appears ready for a breakout sophomore season this upcoming campaign.
While in the Mitten, Big Play Ray was a McDonalds High School All-American and led DCD to a state title in 2010, before going on to suit up for his dad, Ray Sr. with UD-Mercy at the college level where he took the Titans to a conference crown and a trip to the Big Dance aka the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just So Right

I've been saying for two years now that Randy Righter was possibly the most underrated baseball player in the whole state.
Righter, a recent Birmingham Brother Rice grad, proved my point for me last week, going all BABE RUTH on the comp at the Perfect Game Invitational.
My man, "If loving you is wrong I don't want to be RIGHT" not only pitched and slugged his summer club, Michigan Baseball Elite to the title, he snared MVP honors for his destructive diamond-cutting ways, too.
So SMOOTH, so so SMOOTH!!!
Registering a batting average that flirted with the .600 mark in tourney play, with 19 RIBEYE STEAKS and 2 HUM-DINGER ROUND-TRIPPER, he went 2-0 on the mound, simply befuddling opposing hitters and pitchers alike in nearly EVERY THING he did. Burney says; MAD PROPERS for DOUBLE R aka ROLLS ROYCE RANDY, the quiet assassin. It's not like he hasn't been doing it the past few seasons....oh, wait he has!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eye of The Beholder - No Lying In South Lyon

The Lions' den is stacked for the 2014 prep football campaign.
South Lyon HS and head coach Mark Thomas have 18 starters returning off a playoff team in 2013 and will be on the prowl as one of the top OC squads in the KLAA this fall.
Thomas is very high on Tim McFee and Trevor Tank. McFee is a crafty and elusive slotback-cornerback combo. Tank lives up to his last name and is an iron-molded SIR-GRIND-A-LOT at the point of attack on both sides of the ball.
While Tank started last year, McFree is on the verge of ERUPTING like a Pigskin Volcano in 2014 – he's been leaving defenders in his wake and showing some serious LOCKDOWN skills in the secondary in summer workouts.
The T's with these two stand for TRIPLE THREAT. i.e. TREMENDOUS, TANTALIZING and TERRIFIC!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Eye of The Beholder - The Hungry Hawk

Iwairi Smith is a name you should know about it. FH Harrison head football coach John Herrington can't say enough about this kid.
Smith is a speedy and strong playmaker at linebacker on defense and wide receiver on offense. He's been on his SUPERGRIND this summer, according to the legendary sideline general Herrington, who loves what he's seeing. Look for Smith to be one of Harrison's biggest threats on both sides of the pigskin this fall.
Harrison went 10-2 in 2013, capturing a D2 district crown.