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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, June 3, 2014

White Out

The first piece of official fallout from last winter's BakariGate in the Southfield Christian boys basketball program has finally hit the floor.
Assistant coach John White resigned last week, after being on the bench for the Eagles' three-peat of Class D state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.
White, who came to SCS from Romulus alongside head coach Josh Baker, found himself in the middle of the Bakari Evelyn soap opera that took place in the months of January and February, seeing Evelyn, the dynamic 6-2 all-state point guard, mysteriously leave the team after Christmas Break, only to be reinstated minus any explanation, prior to the state tournament and the Eagles most recent title run.
While Evelyn was on hiatus, his mother accused Baker (on leave throughout most of the '14 campaign dealing with family health issues) and White of blackballing her son in the wake of the still-unknown issues that resulted in his departure in early January.
During his own days as a prepster, White starred on the hardwood for Redford Bishop Borgess, pocketing a state-title ring in 1997 before heading off to play D1-ball at the college level at Western Kentucky. He has yet to let his future plans in coaching be known.
Following the state championship game in March, a contest where Evelyn absolutely dominated down the stretch, scoring 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing six assists and swiping five steals in the SCS 63-61 victory, the senior-to-be and Division I college recruit, refused to commit to returning to the Eagles in 2015.


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