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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, March 30, 2012

Seasons Past

With the NCAA Final Four fast approaching, the Big 10 Network has been showing two great documentaries called "Greatest Seasons" that each focus on a specific glorious campaign in the conference's storied history.
The first one documents the 1976 season where Indiana topped Michigan in the National Championship Game and the second one deals with the 1989 season where Michigan beat Illinois in a NCAA semifinal tilt prior to winning the crown vs Seton Hall.
In both seasons, area hoopsters were on the scene repping the OC to the fullest with their tenacious and timely play on the hardwood.
Let's take a look
Tom Staton (Ferndale/Michigan) – As a freshman, Staton, a savvy swingman, got serious minutes in the Wolverines run to the final four. He scored seven points in the championship game defeat at the hands of the undefeated Hoosiers. When he was a senior, Staton was named team captain before going on to have a short pro career in the CBA. Landing back on the sidelines at his alma mater in 2010 – where he was a two-time first-team all-state pick –, 'Tournament Tom' has returned the Ferndale Eagles to prominence, raising the program's first district banner in over a decade earlier this month
Tim Teasley (Birmingham Roeper/Northwestern) – While at Roeper, the high-scoring Teasley took the Roughriders to a pair of district championships before heading off to Northwestern and quickly working his way into a starting spot in the Wildcats backcourt for head coach Tex Winter, inventor of the Phil Jackson-employed Triangle Offense. In '76 as a senior, Teasley along with future Detroit Pistons GM Billy McKinney led NU to a gigantic upset of national powerhouse Kentucky. When he was a prepster, he was also an all-state wide receiver on the gridiron for the state-ranked Roeper football team. His first cousin is longtime Southfield Blue Jays head coach Gary Teasley, who starred as a high school cager at Detroit Northwestern.
B.J. Armstrong (Birmingham Brother Rice/Iowa) – One of the best hoopsters to ever spawn from the state of Michigan, Armstrong was an All-American point guard for both the Brother Rice Warriors and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Drafted into the NBA, he was in the backcourt along with the legendary Michael Jordan as the Chicago Bulls claimed three straight world titles from 1991-1993. During his senior year at Rice in 1985, he guided the Warriors into the Class A final four. Once at Iowa, he navigated the Hawkeyes to a Sweet 16 and an Elite 8.  The '89 Iowa squad when B.J. was a senior with the Hawkeyes opened the season as the country's No. 1 ranked team, however, finished the year 23-10 and got bounced in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. As a pro, he was named as a representative for the Eastern Conference to the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.


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