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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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

the Early Eight

OC Early-Offseason "Great 8" Boys Basketball Teams
1 Clarkston – C-Town will be the place To Be Town in 2016….again
2 WL Central – Another special year in store for Baby Special K & the Vikes cage crew
3 Southfield – A healthy Hardy, an on-the-rise Flowers and Priest
4 West Bloomfield – The upcoming campaign could be an extremely memorable one for Action Jackson & the Team Denha Lakeshow
5 RH Adams – The upcoming campaign could be an extremely memorable one for Not-So-Little-Son and Joey Za Za & the Team Hall Highlander Hoop Brigade
6 North Farmington – Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy!!!!!
7 Holly – The High-Flying Holly Hardwood Houdinis might be the most exciting club to watch play in the OC
8 Southfield Christian – Elite small-school program with one Bad-As-In-Too-Good-To-Be-True Brown and a few Washington Monuments ready to take it up a notch next winter, which is an incredibly scary thought

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Falling To Niagara

The hardest working superstar in Oakland County, Auburn Hills Avondale's senior boys basketball star Chris Barton, is DI bound.
Barton, a smart, gritty and high-scoring 6-foot-4 two-guard, signed with Niagara University this week. What a stupendous late-signing period steal! Can you say GRAND LARCENY? Niagara is located in New York and competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Back in March, Barton was selected to The Oakland Press' postseason Dream Team.
This past winter, CB led his Yellow Jackets to an unexpected league title, torching the twine for 22 points per game to go along with eight rebounds, four dimes and FIVE FLOOR BURNS a night. And boy, you want to talk about in-your-shorts defense, that's what Barton's all about. He loves mixing it up on both ends of the court and that's why he's so valuable – think if Carmello Anthony had Michael Jordan defensive commitment. That's the kind of talent we're talking about at the small-school DI level for Barton these next four years. The Niagara Purple Eagles program last went dancing in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The BlueJays Bench Bulletin

Southfield HS coaching news:
I'm talking about Mr. Trifecta himself, Bluejays lead BALLER and coaching-genius extraordinaire Tim "the CLOSER" Conley. "The Closer" did what he does Tuesday, close deals, close curtains and post banners: he guided his Southfield boys track team to an OAA league championship. That's to add to his OAA football and wrestling titles he took his clubs to in the fall and winter, respectively. Conley's 'Jays gridiron gang made the final four in 2014.
Possible candidate list for the vacant Southfield HS varsity boys hoops coaching position
Mike Avery – Former Southfield Lathrup sideline general, Flint schoolboy star
Jamie Glinz – Bluejays girls coach on the heels of an excellent 2015 season 
Paris McCurdy – Bluejays assistant coach, former NCAA standout, a rare NBA-and-NFL pedigree
Clennie Brundidge – Former Bluejays assistant coach, current assistant coach at Southfield Christian, where he helmed a Class D state-title team in 2014 filling in on an interim basis for Josh Baker
Ken Flowers – Detroit Henry Ford AD & head coach fresh off navigating his Trojans into the Class B state finals, formerly on the bench at Detroit Redford, where he led the program to a pair of PSL crowns and an appearance in the Class A state championship game (2007)
Jermaine Jackson – Former head coach at Mt. Clemens, retired NBA player, 1990s PSL and UD Mercy star
RaRedding Murray – Current head coach crosstown at Southfield Bradford, where he just led the Bulldogs to a Charter School League championship, formerly head man at Detroit Crockett (Class B final four appearance) and WL Western

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Burney's OC Baseball Rankings - Almost There

1 Birmingham Brother Rice – Senior Steve Ring has been residing in a ring of gold on the diamond with his 24 Karat performance so far this spring for TEAM RIKER         
2 West Bloomfield – The Lakeshow's Deshawn Cole has a pair of hands and a glove in the infield that are so soft and sugary sweet, he's practically error proof and personally sponsored by WILLY WONKA
3 MH Bishop Foley – Destination: EAST LANSING……..mark it, down!!!
4 Bloomfield Hills – Boom, Boom POW in BLACKHAWKLAND
5 Orchard Lake St. Mary's – Swagger Level reaching PETRY-esque proportions, surprising? Not so much!
6 WL Northern – Hottest club in the area right now: Part 1
7 RH Adams – Hottest club in the area right now: Part 2
8 Lake Orion – Cooler than the other side of the pillow…..again
9 North Farmington – Forget about North By Northwest, I prefer North By NorthAWESOME on the diamond in RaidersNATION
10 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep – Will Mullen has the will of a GIANT…..please, make a note!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Going To The Matt

Rochester Adams alum Matt Rea, a former Highlanders football stud, was drafted this week into the CFL, selected in the fourth round by the Saskatchewan Roughriders (34th overall).
Rea graduated from Michigan State, after starting his college gridiron career in the Ivy League at Penn. Rea is a fullback with a smashmouth mentality and the perfect TEAM PATRITTO pedigree. While in high school, Matty NICE was a four-year varsity letterman, played on three OAA league title teams and was a captain his senior year in 2010.

Friday, May 15, 2015

On Second Thought

Walled Lake football standout Ade Ogundeji is back on the make and the college pigskin recruiting market. Ogundeji (6-foot-5, 235 pounds), the Vikings star defensive end, decommitted from Western Michigan earlier this week, reopening the rush for his next-level services. He had committed to WMU back in February. Last fall as a junior, Ogundeji had 70 tackles, five sacks and four fumble-causes, seven pass bats, helping lead Central to a Division 1 district crown. He's also a starter in the frontcourt on the school's championship basketballs squad - TEAM SPOLSKY raised league, district and regional title trophies in 2015 and returns the bulk of its lineup for next winter. Besides WMU, Ogundeji holds scholarship offers from Toledo, Miami (OH) and Buffalo on the gridiron.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book It, He's Off The Market

Walled Lake Western senior boys basketball star Jerald Booker, one of the OC true gems in the backcourt the past three years, went NEXT LEVEL this week, signing with Concordia University.
Booker is a natural playmaker at the point, equally devastating scoring and distributing the rock. He's a fearless leader and game-changer of a floor general, a genuine coach on the hardwood, averaging 17 points, five assists and five rebounds per game the past two seasons. Booker captained the Western Warriors to a KLAA North crown in 2015, earning first-team all-league honors.
Concordia finished 18-13 this winter.