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April 7, 2020, 9:22 am

Burney’s MHSAA All-NCAA Final Four squad (2000-2020)

In honor of the NCAA national championship game that would have been Monday night, here is Scott M. Burnstein’s all-Final Four squad, made up of players from the modern era of high school hoops in Michigan (2000-2020). The Guards Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves (Flint Northern) — The point guard and captain. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston ...


March 31, 2020, 4:38 pm

Burney’s Top 25 Michigan boys basketball state champions of the STATE CHAMPS! era (2003-2019)

1 Lansing Sexton 2012 (Class B) — NBA guards Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) and Bryn Forbes (Michigan State-Cleveland State) made up one of the greatest backcourts in MHSAA history. 2 Detroit Renaissance 2004 (Class B) — Talk about firepower: Joe Crawford (Kentucky), Malik Hairston (Oregon), Marcus Stout (Fordham), Tajuan Porter (Oregon) … any questions? 3 ...


March 25, 2020, 2:41 pm

Burney’s 2021 Mr. Basketball (Way Too Early) Power Rankings — “The Dirty Dozen”

With the 2020 Mr. Basketball award going to Benton Harbor’s Carlos “Scooby” Johnson on Monday, here’s Scott Burnstein’s look at who might be in line for the hardware next season: 1 Pierre “P.J.” Brooks (Detroit Douglas F) — One of the best pure scorers in PSL history and that’s saying quite a bit. 2 Kobe ...


March 9, 2020, 11:04 am

The Difference Makers — Who will shine in March’s madness?

Five X-Factors to keep an eye out for on the boys basketball court this postseason: Quindarius Davis (Benton Harbor Sr.) — The best lock-down perimeter defender on the state’s west side. That’s a FACT, folks! Carmelo Harris (Flint Beecher Soph.) — Star in the making, learning the ropes from Mr. Basketball candidate and Oregon-bound floor ...


July 20, 2020, 11:29 am

Belleville OLB Jamari Buddin named to watch list for high school Butkus Award

First, he committed to the program long named “Linebacker U,’ and now he’s on the watch list for the high school version of the award annually given to the best linebacker in the nation. The Butkus Award put out its annual watch lists on Monday, and Belleville senior outside linebacker Jamari Buddin is the lone ...


June 16, 2020, 3:14 pm

Plenty of Michigan representation on NFF’s 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The 2021 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame was released on Tuesday, and — of the 177 players and 40 coaches — it’s got plenty of Michigan representation. More than 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Famers will vote, along with the NFF Honors Courts, to select the ...


May 22, 2020, 4:53 pm

MICHIGAN HELMET CHALLENGE: First-round match-up between Ithaca and Birmingham Brother Rice

SOUTH REGION • FIRST ROUND Ithaca vs. Birmingham Brother Rice [CLICK HERE TO VOTE] For the full regional schedule, CLICK HERE.   ——— ITHACA Nickname: Yellow Jackets Division: 7 (336 students) League: Tri-Valley Conference West Division-II 2019 record: 8-2 Playoff appearances: (24) 1984, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998-2004, 2006-07, 2009-19 Coach: Terry Hessbrook   ——— BIRMINGHAM BROTHER ...


August 4, 2020, 10:57 am

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Need to know basis >> Letting loose the LB in Indiana

Top 10 LBs In The IHSAA You Don’t Know About But Need To ASAP 1 Devon Tippmann (Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger 6-1, 190 Sr.) — Beast Mode 24/7, the most low-key dominant defensive player in all of Hoosierland.  2 Domanick Moon (Ft. Wayne Snider 6-2, 215 Jr.) — Masterpiece in the making sideline to sideline, ...


July 31, 2020, 6:20 pm

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: East Lansing’s Andrel Anthony commits to Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines swiped one out of the backyard of their rival on Friday, securing a commitment from East Lansing High wide receiver Andrel Anthony. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Anthony was rated a three-star recruit, ranked the No. 12 player in the state in the 2021 class by 247Sports, and the No. 85 wideout nationally. Anthony ...

July 30, 2020, 10:18 am

STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: The Quarterback Report >> The low-key launchpad breakdown

Burney gives you ten quarterbacks about to low-key launch their squads into the stratosphere this fall: (alphabetical order) Casen Armstrong (Kent City 6-foot-0, 170 pounds Sr.) — Stone cold, like the ice cream shop!! Noah Arsulowicz (Grand Rapids West Catholic 6-1, 175 Jr.) — Getting ready to be the gold standard under center in the ...