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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 12, 2010

The Doctor Is In

If you blinked you could have missed him. Former Oakland County prep hoop star, Sam Burton (Oak Park '09), didn't play that long of a time in the area, but anyone who had the pleasure of watching this gutty point guard DO HIS THING on the floor knows that the kid they call "Doc" was the real deal HOLYFIELD and then some.
Well, those who didn't have the pleasure of witnessing Burton's brilliance as a do-it-all floor general back in the 2008-2009 season with the Knights – he played his first three years of varsity ball at Detroit Central before transferring to Oak Park for his senior season – might get their chance again to watch him on national television these next few years running the offense for a D1 squad at the NEXT LEVEL.
Following a productive freshman year at Mott CC up in Flint, where he was the starting point guard averaging 13 points, 7.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per contest for the state's community college champions, there is word on the street that a number of D1 mid-majors are interested in bringing Burton on board this winter. Cleveland State, Akron, Toledo, Wright State, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan are all in the recruiting picture as of right now, jockeying for the services of the lanky and versatile "doctor of the hardwood." At 6-feet-4 inches tall and not afraid to play up-in-your-shorts 'D', Burton is equal man's scoring point guard and distributing point guard and exhibits all the tools to excel on the big stage that is D1 basketball.
My personal favorite "Doc" Burton moment was when I saw him go for a triple double of 26, 12 and 12, including scoring a game-tying hoop to send the game into OT and assisting on the winner in OT, against Pontiac Northern in early-2009 in front of a raucous Knights home crowd.


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