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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.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Coming On Board

A handful of local boys basketball teams are poised to benefit from the recent addition of second-semester transfers.
The two most celebrated of the crop are both European big men in Walled Lake Western's Miroslav Jaksic and Birmingham DCD's Robert Pulekis.
Jaksic, a slender 6-foot-11 inside-out threat that comes to the U.S. from Canada via Serbia, is one of the state's top recruits in the Class of 2013. He was impressive in his debut back on Tuesday in a loss to Waterford Mott, connecting on 7-of-9 from the field for 14 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Western, a squad that has been struggling to generate offense as of late and is a mired in a mid-season funk, will be looking to Jaksic to jumpstart the Warriors' stretch run.
Sturdily-built and standing 6-foot-10, Pulekis, from Lithuania, is a more traditional post player. His debut won't come until Saturday when the Yellowjackets taken on Southfield Christian. Once on the court patrolling the paint, Pulekis will team with fellow DCD interior brutes like Poet Thomas and Chazz Miller, to give the 'Jackets a considerably more formidable frontcourt in their quest for a third straight trip to the final four.
When Class B superpower Country Day faces up-and-coming Class D goliath Southfield Christian on Saturday night, the underdog Eagles will have some added depth in their already-stacked backcourt with the recently-eligible tandem of Kameron Garner and Ben Cookingham. In Southfield Christian's 79-72 downing of RH Lutheran NW on Tuesday, Garner, a sparkplug combo guard, looked solid in reserve duty, scoring five points and swiping away two steals. Cookingham was steady off the bench as well and will be another zone buster for the hot-shooting Eagles.
Ferndale is another team that will be getting an infusion of talented transfers. Senior Jacob Dotson and sophomore Jermaine King will solidify an intimidating Ferndale frontline. Dotson, who prepped on the JV level at Southfield before moving to Tennessee last year with his parents and excelling on the varsity level.  Back in Michigan and wearing the Brown and Gold, Dotson, a wide and athletic 6-6, excelled in his debut on Tuesday, putting in a double-double 13 points and 10 boards in an Eagles victory over Oak Park. King, a spry and agile 6-7 jumping-jack, shot-blocking machine, is battling some minor injuries and will be in Ferndale's lineup soon.


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