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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, July 17, 2012

Kid Dynamite

Troy High School SUPERSTAR BALLER James Young has done the nearly impossible – he's upped his recruiting stock even higher than it already was.
After leading TEAM USA to a championship in international competition over the weekend – highlighted by the ultra-smooth 6-foot-6 ½ swingman dropping a 26-point, 10-board, 5-dime performance on TEAM Canada in the finals of the Nike Global Challenge in Wasgington D.C. – the Colts 'CHOSEN ONE' aka JYoung, who entered the 2012 season as one of the nation's best juniors, has a chance to enter the 2013 campaign as THE country's NO. 1 player.
I've talked to more than one scout in the past couple of days who told me that Young is giving Chi-Town cage phenom Jabari Parker a run for his money for the TOP SPOT in the nation's incoming senior class. College hoop heavyweights Kentucky and Kansas, the two squads that squared off in the NCAA Championship Game back in April, have both recently put scholarship offers on the table.
That's what we're talking about here.
Outside of Chris Webber, Young is the most talented prepster I've ever seen play, with the highest potential for future greatness as a collegiate and professional. YEAH, I SAID IT!!
If you've never seen this kid play in person, PLEASE do yourself a favor and get out to one of his games this winter and appreciate the GREATNESS.
Young has led Troy to back-to-back league titles in the OAA White as a sophomore and junior. For the upcoming season, Young and the Colts will be making the jump up to the OAA Red, arguably the toughest conference in the state, in their pursuit of a third straight league championship banner. Facing teams from the Red has never phased Young in the past, since some of the most impressive games of his career have come against perennial thoroughbreds Clarkston: his 'coming out party' as a FAB Frosh when he went for 25-10-5 and then last season when he torched the Wolves for a career-high 49 points to go along with 20 rebounds and 6 asssists.


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