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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.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Slo-ing It Up

It's come out that Birmingham Detroit Country Day alumAndy Slovis helped hook longtime Yellowjackets boys basketball coach Kurt Keener up with his new job on the bench out in Scottsdale at Desert Mountain HS.
Quick reminder of who Slovis is - Currently living down in Arizona, he was once a standout cager on Oakland County's prep scene back in the 1980s.
Before Jalen Rose and then Mike Bibby were throwing Chris Webber alley-oops in the open floor, Slovis was.
He also has an extra-special place in Keener's heart.
Slovis was the starting floor general and senior team captain on Keener's first state-title in 1989, when Webber was a mere super soph. The pair's final on-court connection was an off-the-glass pass from Slovis to C-Webb that the future NBA All-Star reverse slammed to close the '89 state championship game at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Webber's soon-to-be home court in college.
Never playing hoops at the college level, Slovis attended Indiana University.
His attending IU spawned a classic C-Webb recruiting story.
When Webber was a senior and being courted by every D1 power in the nation, he went down to Bloomington to spend time with his former high school point guard. As soon as word leaked out on campus that the All-American was on campus, then- Hoosiers Hall of Fame head hoops coach Bobby Knight rushed to see Webber at Slovis' fraternity house. Now that must have been a funny site to see –  The General pitching C-Webb amongst a cadre of left-over beer bottles and cigarette butts from the previous night's rager.


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