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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.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What Used To Be

Let's take a look back at the 10 best prep boys basketball teams in the area ten years ago according to the Oakland Press's 2013 preview;
1 Pontiac Northern – The two-time defending Class A state champion Huskies featured returning starters Antonio Bonds (PG), James Smith (C) and John Cantrell (G) and fabulous sixth-man Bates Gay (F). Brian Abram stepped into his brother Lester's starting spot when LA headed to the college ranks up in Ann Arbor at Michigan. Three-point bombardier Mike Morris and athletic and gritty reserves Arthur Wilson, Kenny Long, Craig Ash and Anthony Cato made up a formidable bench unit.
2 Birmingham DCD – Purdue-commit Ije Nwankwo and all-state point guard Brandon Bradford led the '03 Jackets attack. Standout shooting guard Gerome Hunter and future UK Wildcat Mark Coury and Fab Frosh Omar Thomas rounded out The KEENER KAGE KREW starting five.
3 OL St. Mary's – The talented trifecta of John Andrews, Tony Watkins and Robert Jolley headed the Eaglets' hardwood assault, with sparkplugs like Tyrone Prentiss, Andre Ratliff, Bruce Smothers and Kenny Porritt admirably flanking them.
4 Pontiac Central – Tenacious big fella Rashawn Redmond was the centerpiece of the Chiefs hoop brigade ten years ago.  Derrick Rousser and Jason Roberts handled perimeter duties.
5 Birmingham Groves – A pair of dazzling future D1'ers in Euro Dynamo Vova Severovas and point guard Giordan Watson had the Falcons flying a decade back. Senior Matt Osher was another leader of the pack for the G Men
6 Southfield-Lathrup – Brent Williams, Tonjua Jones and Ryan Carthage were the straws that's stirred the drink in Mike Avery's first year at the helm of the Chargers ship
7 Clarkston – The '03 Wolves took a trip to the Elite Eight on the shoulders of a powerful post attack spearheaded by star junior center Chris Johnston. C-Town's captains were Justin Whetstone and Matt Orris.
8 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep – The Fighting Irish were a veteran-laden group in 2003, highlighted by the likes of rock-solid players Matt Geyer and Mark Garza
9 WL Central – Before he departed for OLSM, future OU backcourt stud Brandon Cassise was torching the twine for the '03 Vikings Ship, alongside Brad Burkhart and Anthony Finn
10 Southfield – Future University of Illinois football player DaJuan Warren navigated the Bluejays Baller Bunch in '03
HM: West Bloomfield – The WB shocked everyone that year, making a memorable run into the Class A final four. '03 LAKESHOW ROLL CALL; future UofM starter and captain David Merritt, Mondo Martin, Kevin Lamb, Kyle Flancbaum, Eddie Richardson, Zach Hilbers (current WB girls hoop coach), Terrance Turner and Julian Frazier

1 Comments:

Blogger Ralph Hawk said...

Great look back to 2003. Groves was the real deal that year with probably the best team in school history. Coaching legend Bill Norton had the Falcons flying high and when they beat Pontiac Northern in the Regionals it was one of the most exciting prep games I have ever seen. To bad West Bloomfield scheduled Monday/Tuesday regional games because they had a fashion show in their gym on Wednesday. What could have turned out to be a classic regional final between Groves and West Bloomfield turned into a sloppy game between an exhausted Groves team, who beat Northern in the late game the day before, and West Bloomfield who had a tough game against Novi. A shame West Bloomfield volunteered to have the Regionals and yet couldn't even clear their own gym and that a non-athletic event was able to push a state tournament game out of the gym. Still some great OC teams on the list.

January 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM 

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