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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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Relocation Road

The transfer train continued rolling down the track at breakneck speed this week with All-American boys hoopster James Young leaving Troy for Rochester.
Here's some of Burney's most memorable transfers from the OC;
Angelo Taylor (Clarkston Basketball) – This 6-foot-7 long, lean and mean athletic freak made headlines back in the late 1990s when he left Pontiac Northern and transferred to arch nemesis Clarkston in order to team with All-American guard Dane Fife for his senior year. Visions of a trip to the final four however were unfulfilled as the Wolfpack lost to eventual Class A state champion Detroit Central and future NFL All-Pro Antonio Gates in the quarterfinals.
Brad Cochrane (Birmingham Brother Rice Football) – Landed in WARRIORLAND after starting his prep career at Royal Oak Kimball and went on to be a monster on offense and defense for TEAM FRACASSA in the early 1980s, before going on to play as a defensive back in college at Michigan and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.
David Bowens & Daryl Adams (Orchard Lake St. Mary's Football&Basketball) – Came over to St. Mary's from Pontiac Central and along with resident Eaglets superstar Diallo Johnson, keyed both the basketball and football programs to state finals appearances. With Johnson at quarterback and Bowens and Adams as his top two weapons in the passing game, not to mention DB's massive presence on defense, the Eaglets captured a state championship on the gridiron in 1994. In their post prep careers, Bowens was the most successful, just recently ending a 12-year career in the NFL as a hard-working defensive lineman, while Johnson (who switched to receiver at the next level) and Adams each going on to star in college at Michigan and Wayne State respectively.  
Drew Jackson (Bloomfield Hills Lahser football) – Took the reins at quarterback for the BLACK&YELLOW for one glorious senior season back in 2008, after moving into the district from East Lansing. With the strong-armed Jackson slanging the pigskin downfield on a consistent basis, he helped lead the Knights to an appearance in the final four
Ray McCallum, Jr (Birmingham DCD basketball) – The Midwest's most dynamic prep point guard landed in KEENER KAGE KOUNTRY from Bloomington, Indiana as a junior and dominated the local landscape for the next two years, culminating in the 'Jackets raising a state title banner in 2010. A McDonald's All-American pick at the conclusion of his senior year, McCallum spurned offers from a slew of national college powerhouses to go play for his dad at UofD-Mercy, where he took the Titans into the NCAA Tourney last March.


Blogger hardwoodhero said...

young is very over rated and I think he was scared to play in the Red.

September 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM 

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