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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, November 13, 2012

BBall Training Camp Report - N. Farmington

Basketball fans around the world already know about the Miami Heat's 'Big 3' of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and the Boston Celtic's former 'Big 3' of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
They both won NBA World Championships.
Now comes the new breed.
This upcoming prep season hoop heads from around Oakland County are going to get to know North Farmington's new 'Big 3' of Caleb Hogans, Sterling Sharp and Jeron (Buddha) Rogers, up close and personal on the boys high school hardwood. That's because they'll be three of the best players in the area, leading a Raiders' cage crew that should be a tough team to handle
Second-year head coach Todd Negoshian is coming off a 14-8 campaign last season and he's sure to have RAIDERSNATION back in the mix for bragging rights in the OAA Red this winter.
Senior co-captains, Hogans and Sharp are both going into their third year as starters and make up a tantalizing perimeter tandem. Hogans is a crafty floor general that can equally hurt teams tickling the twine or distributing the rock. Sharp (signing with Eastern Michigan for baseball) is a dynamic presence on the wing expected to up his scoring load this season while continuing to show off his expert outside marksmanship.
Rogers is a rare gem, billed by some scouts as one of the best in the nation in the Class of 2015. The son of former NBA vet Carlos Rogers, the 'Buddha Baby' is a 6-foot-6 menace, whether on the block in the post, shooting it from the elbow or finishing strong on the break.
Cameron Darden, a senior big fella, and Anthony Quasawa, a sophomore guard, will most likely round out Negoshian's starting line-up. Darden is 6-foot-6, long and athletic. Quasawa is a spry gunner on the wing that will make teams pay if they leave him open.
Depth might be North Farmington's Achilles heel. Negoshian will have a very inexperienced bench that will hopefully get better as the season progresses. Some names to watch out for as possible bench standouts for the Raiders are juniors Kendall Vinales and Grant Eatman and Fab Frosh Alex Darden (Cam's baby brother) and Jacob Joubert.
Vinales is the little brother of former North Farmington all-state point guard Kyle Vinales, currently tearing it up at the college level at Central Connecticut State. Joubert is an intriguing prospect in the backcourt with a sweet stroke, similar to his father former all-state prep legend Antoine 'The Jugde' Joubert, back in the 1980s at Detroit Southwestern and then at UofM.
Eatman is a workhorse forward that can spell Rogers and the Dardens in the frontcourt
"We've got solid leadership and some real good talent, we're just going to be young in a lot of spots," Negoshian said. "These guys like being in the gym and they like putting in the work, so we should make strides throughout the course of the season that are noticeable. Everyone's excited to get started."


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