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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.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cold Footed Killer

It looks like North Farmington's coldblooded assassin, Kyle Vinales, may be having a little bit of cold feet when it comes to his current college playing destination.  Despite having numerous mid-major D1 offers, the county's leading scorer, inked with in-state D2 power, Grand Valley State back in the fall. Now, word on the street is that Vinales is considering backing out of his letter of intent to GVSU and re-navigating his explosive skill set to a D1 program instead.
Due to his signing with the Lakers already, a move away from GVSU would probably mean a much more complicated road onto the college hardwood than is on the horizon as we speak currently. If Vinales decides to bolt, GVSU has every right in their power to refuse to release him from his scholarship. There's a 95 percent chance that is what will happen and that would mean he would lose a year of eligibility at the D1 level and would have to sit out a non-scholarship season (i.e. paying your own way), only to return as a sophomore in the 2011-12 season, not a redshirt freshman.
Here's my advice to Kyle:
Go to GVSU and see what happens. Play your freshman year – as a starter almost certainly – with the Lakers and then re-evaluate in the summer of 2011. At that point, your options will be much wider and more advantageous to your personal desire to eventually get to play big time college basketball. Specifically, you could transfer to a D1 program and not lose any eligibility. Thus, you could be playing major college hoops by Thanksgiving 2011 and still have had a solid season of experience under your belt that will without a doubt benefit you at that next level.
Either way, I wish my main man, Kyle aka "K-Veezie" aka "The Natural",  the best of luck on figuring out where he will be playing in the future.


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