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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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Burney's Boys Basketball Rankings - Lets Get it Started

OC Top 10 – Boys Basketball Teams
1 Birmingham DCD – One word=REPEAT…okay, now I'll throw out a few more; Amir Williams is as dominant a post presence the area has seen in at least a dozen years, transfers the Price brothers are as their name might indicate PRICELESS and Adam Zavadil is a prep version of former NBA Euro stud Toni Kukoc.
2 Southfield – Everyone knows about the "Big Three" of Brundidge, Barnes and Onwenu, but it will be the supporting cast with guys like sensational soph Earl Swift and senior stalwarts Joshua Brown, David Dawson and Xavier Cross, leading the way that will get the Blue Jays back to Breslin this year
3 Clarkston – The Wolves might not have an outright star like they usually do, however this team will be a classic Dan Fife ensemble of hardworkers and sharpshooters that will certainly contend for another league crown
4 Pontiac – Per S.O.P., Speed, Speed and more speed best describes the Phoenix. Ant Adams is a genuine prep superstar and Jamal Barr will be a more than reliable No. 2 option after a high quality, yet under the radar season last year as a junior
5 Novi Detroit CC – Bill Dwyer is a master motivator and the lumps this group took last season will pay major dividends this year. Shea Kettner and Kyle Cooper are STARS who don't get enough pub!
6 Novi – The Wildcats frontcourt of Samier Ozier and Chris Millon is AWESOME with a capital A!!!!
7 OL St. Mary's – Big rebound year in store for the Eaglets this winter behind the senior trio of Allen Robinson, Shaun Covington and Darrell Freeman…expect to see solid contributions from Danny Furlong, Joe Eroyan and transfer Justin Barrows (AH Oakland Christian)as well
8 AH Avondale – Ray Tillman and Tony Harris will automatically make the 'Jackets and their new coach frontrunners for a shot at their second league title in the last three years
9 Troy – Lots of weapons dot the Colts roster this year, starting with "The Chosen One" himself James Young, one of the top sophomore prep hoop talents in the entire Midwest. Junior floor general Evan Mahone and senior sniper John Stibbich make up a deadly-accurate tandem of outside shooters
10 (tie) Birmingham Brother Rice – Experience is the name of the game for the Warriors in 2010-2011 since head coach Ed Schaffer brings back a good chunk of his roster from last season that claimed a district title. Things for Rice all start with Adam Gorksi, who is a top-tier pacesetting point guard, and Joey Alessi, a tough as nails guard/forward who will take on lead scoring duties for the squad with the departure of Kevonte Martin-Manley. Adam Holinski is one of the hardest working forwards around and junior Devin Church should gives teams fits with his defensive skills
10 (tie) North Farmington – Urbane Bingham is in for a HUGE year, as is Dorrell Foster, a lanky and athletic wing who will start getting looks from college scouts very soon!


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