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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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Brown Bomber

If there was a better "fifth starter" in local prep boys basketball the past two years than Southfield's Joshua Brown, I never saw him play. Although virtually hidden in the Bluejays' lineup since becoming a starter in December of 2009, the hardnosed 6-foot-3 skywalking swingman, was integral in igniting Southfield to back-to-back Class A final fours
Now for the second chapter of his playing career, Brown will be taking his talents on the hardwood to Ohio, recently signing a National Letter of Intent with D2 power Findlay University.
This jumping jack of a wing was a lot of fun to watch as a prepster. While his high-profile teammates (i.e. UofM-bound Carlton Brundidge and Texas Southern signee Patrick Onwenu) hogged the lion's share of the headlines, Brown humbly crafted a reputation as one of Oakland County's top defensive specialists and a master of the slam dunk. Last season as a senior, he averaged 9 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals per game while always being assigned to 'D up' the opposing team's top perimeter offensive threat
The peak of his aerial antics came in the regionals this past March against Brother Rice when he capped a Bluejays fast break by taking off from the hash mark just in front of the foul line and flushing it home with one hand up over a pair of Warrior defenders. IT WAS EPIC…..the best dunk I saw all year.
Believe Burney when he tells you that head coach Gary Teasley and the Southfield hoops squad are going to miss Brown's services equally as much as they will miss Brundidge's and Onwenu's when the 2011-2012 kicks off in December.


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