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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 25, 2011

Fields of Gold

Former Oakland County high school basketball star Anthony Fields, who played his first two years of varsity as a prepster at Lake Orion, will be playing in college in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference this upcoming season.
Fields signed a National Letter of Intent with Wake Forest back in April and is currently on campus working out with the Demon Deacons over the summer. Standing 6-foot-1 and sporting a chiseled frame, Fields is blazing-fast and is known as a dogged drive-and-dish specialist with an efficient arsenal of offensive moves.
Transferring out of the Lake Orion in 2008 following his sophomore year, he spent time at Detroit Southeastern in 2009 and 2010 before landing at Quality Education Academy, a prep school in North Carolina last season, where he helped lead his team to a prep school national championship by averaging 16 points, 10 assists and three steals per game.    
While wearing a Dragons uniform as a freshman and sophomore, Fields ran the point on Lake Orion squads that were coached by Jim Manzo and featured all-state forward Drew Maynard, recently of Oakland University.
I personally remember discovering his wide array of cage skills watching him play when he was a sophomore against Southfield. It was an early season game and Fields lit up the court with his big plays down the stretch, notching a game high 24 points, 15 of them coming in the fourth quarter of a narrow Dragons' win.
He was absolutely electric that night and I distinctly recall being deeply saddened when I was informed of his transfer. There's no doubt it would have been a blast watching him finish out his prep career at Lake Orion. The Dragons' 2010 squad would have probably won the district title – if you remember that was the year, Alex Mayo, Derek Schrauben and company came within minutes of pulling the upset over Clarkston in a Class A district final.
Seeing my main man Anthony get his hoop on down in Winston-Salem with the Deacons will be exciting and Burney knows he'll be front row center whenever Wake Forest shows up on ESPN, trying to get a look at all the progress I'm sure he will make over the next four years.


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