STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Burney’s summer Hoopster Heat Index
Burney gives you a fabulous FIVE PACK of ballers heating up in July:
Brent Wiles (New Haven 6-5 Sr. G/F.) — Maybe the most underrated player in the MAC, a “Mr. Do-It-All” swingman with a nasty streak.
David Hughes (Detroit Edison 6-6 Sr. F) — High-flyer in the post who’s arsenal of jackhammer dunks shake the earth every time he throws one down. … Plays much bigger than his size.
Tyler Stezowski (Hamilton 6-1 Sr. G) — Tough-as-nails out of the backcourt, crafty, a true leader.
Kentrell Pullian (Benton Harbor 6-0 Sr. G) — Could be the most undervalued floor general on the west side of the state.
Drew Barrie (Midland 6-5 Jr. F) — A star-in-the-making on the wing, dogged competitor.
Lobsinger lands at Western
Flintstone “Big Lob” recently made quite the big decision.
Flint Powers senior forward Owen Lobsinger committed to Western Michigan last week. The 6-foot-8 Lobinsger plays on the wing and crashes the boards hard. He started as a sophomore on a Powers club that made the Division 2 Sweet 16 in 2019.
Last winter, Lobsinger battled injuries but still averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per night in limited action. Dangerous from deep, he shot over 45 percent on his 3-point attempts. Central Michigan and Toledo were also in the hunt for his services.
Powers went 11-11 in 2020 and was preparing to defend its district title when the state tournament was cancelled because of the pandemic. Lobsinger’s set-up man the past two seasons, point guard Noah Baylis, heads to the NCAA DI ranks this fall as a freshman at the University of Denver.
Farewell, my friend
The Metro Detroit prep basketball world shed a tear and gave a heartfelt goodbye to longtime assistant coach Phil North earlier this month. North, a colorful and beloved presence on the local sidelines for decades, died suddenly of a heart attack at 66. North coached at Roseville the past three seasons and before that held assistant stints at Dearborn Fordson and Westland John Glenn.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN