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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, January 20, 2011

Five For Fighting - Best Additions

Five For Fighting - Best Additions to the Oakland County Prep Hoops Scene This Season
1 Jim Barker (West Bloomfield asst boys bball coach) - Joining the staff of his former player Jeremy Denha, this summer, Barker is one of the state all-time most-winning coaches and his tactical influence on the Lakers has been a big reason they are sitting with a surprising 6-2 record
2 Maury Diane (Birmingham DCD boys bball) - BEST FRESHMAN IN THE STATE BAR NONE!!! Diane (pronounced DE-AH-NEE) dropped in a career-high 18 points last week in the Yellowjackets blowout of Berkley
3 Corey Green (Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys bball) - This junior transfer from UofD-Jesuit will make a HUGE IMPACT on the Ventures these next two months. Green pumped in 18 points in his first game in a Foley uniform on Tuesday night in a loss to an undefeated Detroit Consortium squad on the road
4 Kristen Massey/Shannon Wilson (Novi Franklin Road Christian/BH Andover girls bball) - Massey and Wilson are both making serious cases for all-state honors as only a freshman. QUITE IMPRESSIVE, young ladies!
5 Jeff Borga (Auburn Hills Avondale boys ball head coach) - In his first year at the helm of the Avondale boys program, this Macomb County transplant has the 'Jackets as frontrunners in the OAA White


Blogger oaklandsportsfan said...

Thank you Mr. Burnstein. Your coverage of DCD frosh. (Mory) Diane has been tremendous.Your initial articles provided an introspective preview of this young student athlete. (Mory) has been blessed to be coached and mentored by Kurt Keener. Who has done a remarkable job of keeping Mory grounded, and focused.The entire coaching staff has also been patient, and motivates him daily. Most of all the veteran members of the team embrace him. They are devoid of ego, and lead by example. They display such a unique quality of charcter rarely seen in todays young athletes. (Mory ) really enjoys your forums and appreciates the breakdown pronunciation of his last name. Keep up the quality work Burney. Go DCD!!

January 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM 
Blogger D4Life said...

regarding Mory Diane as the best freshman in the state...that statement cannot be true due to the fact he flunked the 8th grade and was forced to leave Southfield schools thus DCD was willing to do what they do and accept him as an 8th grader even though he should of been with kids his own age who were in the 9th grade.So being a 10th grader in the freshman class is not such a great feat after all and being 19 yr old his senior year will possibly make him ineligible that year,but I'm sure DCD will do whatever it takes to make it work to their advantage.It's sad but true that parents,coaches and kids will sacrifice morals to get ahead.
I'm sure you were not able to witness Corey Green's 2nd game back with Foley on Saturday vs Divine Child,all he had was 22 pts 19 rebs 5 blocks and a monster dunk in their 4 pt win.With Jordan Walker and Mike Oravetz the make for a great 1,2,3 punch that makes teams wonder how can they stop them.

January 23, 2011 at 1:42 AM 
Blogger oaklandsportsfan said...

I'ts a sad state of affairs when a disgruntled adult that does not have their facts together perverbally put their foot in their mouths. Any one with minute intelligence would know that DCD requires a strong academic background, as well as a stringent test requirement to be accepted. Mory successfully took and passed the Catholic private school entrance tests, and passed as well. He was in a position where he was presented with numerous options for Highschool. Based on his academic criteria, as well as positive envolvement in his community. For the record Mory is an excellent student that has always thrived in the classroom. And has never remotely failed a course. Public/scholastistic records would indicate this. Sorry to disappoint but he will turn 18 in the fall of 2014. And has a full term of four years to grow as a student athlete. He is definitely in his correct peer group. He totally understands that adults, and youth will at times make derogatory remarks that are false. He does not, and never will need to be embellished by by such individuals. Especially when they are not receiving positive recognition. This young man has worked exremely hard to garner the accolades that he has received. And is open to positive, and constructive criticism. His maturation process has evolved from participating against older competition amongst a competitive AAU field. He has also been envolved in DAPCEP, Lawrence Int, Tech camps, ACES, and music programs to keep a structural balance in his life. In the future please carefully review your course of words. It would be wise to have an accurate understanding of libel, and slander before documentation. Instead invest the neccessary time, and effort in yourself, and your childrens's situation. This young man is not concerned with false, or negative feedback because he is blessed, confident. And has a vast support system. Mory has no control of any media outlet that reports the good, or bad situations stemming from his play. At the end of the day he is a strong, positive, and normal 15 year old teenager. His God,family, MHSSA,etc have tangible/factual documentation of his birth records. And like many precoscious adolescents he has experienced positive results from competition. But has also experienced defeat in the process. All experience good/bad aid in the overall quality development in our youth. He will continue to develop in the same manner he always has. And that is throuh hard work, and perserverence. Morals were, and never will be compromised in Mory's case. He diligently sacrificed quality time to be in the position he is in. His, and all of our steps are ultimately ordered. And he is also aware that he has more room, and time to improve and develop as an individual. Because he has not been raised to be labled by his athletic exploits. In closing Corey Green is a remarkable young man, and athlete.

January 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM 
Blogger D4Life said...

Did he repeat the 8th grade? I rest my case,no one challenged his character or skills so for you to go on and on,you seem guilty of something or trying to have to prove things nobody cares about or mentioned makes you look bad.Everybody knows whats up

January 24, 2011 at 11:36 PM 

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