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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, November 16, 2012

BBall Training Camp Report - Bishop Foley

There's a new lineup in place on the boys basketball court at Madison Heights Bishop Foley this year.
Former Ventures stars Corey Green (North Georgia), Mike Oravetz (Kalamazoo College) and Max Aleshire (Rochester College), the core of back-to-back Catholic League title teams, have graduated.
Stepping up to fill the bill and become the new leaders of the Bishop Foley baller squad will be sophomore sensation Gary Perry and rock-solid senior point guard DeAndre Jackson.
Perry is a quickly-improving, long and athletic 6-foot-6 big fella that has a number of D1 colleges already recruiting him. He was a reserve on last year's team and after a very good summer on the AAU circuit, he's ready to blossom into a menace on the hardwood in the paint.
Jackson has been a valued backcourt threat for the Ventures the last two seasons, but he will now become the engine the drives the entire program, a responsibility he's more than ready to take on and thrive in.
A lightning-quick and hard-nosed floor general, Jackson has an excellent chance to become one of the CHSL's best lead guards this winter. Seeing spot duty in the team's first five since he was a sophomore, he has two dozen starts under his belt.
Juniors Tony Kameicek, Nick Gwisdalla and Jimmy Paprocki will slot in beside Perry and Jackson in the Venture's starting lineup. Kameicek is set to replace Aleshire as the team's resident bomber and has been impressive shooting the ball from long range all offseason. Gwisdalla is a 6-foot-3 lefty gunner with a savvy style of game at the small forward spot and Paprocki is a 6-foot-7 grinder in the post that will team with Perry to give Bishop Foley a rough and rugged frontcourt with extreme size for its league.
Steve Carey and Craigen Oster will be two of the Ventures' top reserves, with Carey spelling Perry and Paprocki in the paint and Oster injecting the backcourt with energy off the bench.
"We're going to be young, but I think we'll have the size, length and depth to make up for our lack of experience," said Bishop Foley head coach Marc West, who has guided the Ventures to six straight district titles entering the current campaign. "It will be a growing process. I'm eager to see these guys develop."


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