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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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March 5, 2020, 4:51 pm

Nearing The Finish Line — Michigan Mr. Basketball March Power Rankings

Here’s how Burney sees the race for the 40th annual Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award, headed into the postseason: 1 Lorne Bowman (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s G) — Checks every box. Blew up in the CHSL title game. Any questions? 2 Tyson Acuff (Detroit Cass Tech G) — Making the biggest impact of any player ...

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February 27, 2020, 11:16 am

SUDDEN DEPARTURES: Bomholt & Bowling leave bench before tourney time

As state tournament time approaches in Hoosierland, a pair of boys basketball coaches suddenly left their posts last week. Jerry Bomholt at Southwestern (Hanover) and Donnie Bowling at Indianapolis Manual are no longer in their jobs. Bowling tendered his resignation last Thursday.  Bomholt told the Madison Courier last Wednesday that he was forced out of ...

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February 16, 2020, 11:24 am

Burney’s Michigan Mr. Basketball Power Rankings —  February 2020

1 Lorne Bowman (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s G) —  Impossible to stop out of the backcourt, efficient, smooth and always ready to rumble. 2 Tyson Acuff (Detroit Cass Tech G) —  Delivering one of the best senior campaigns in the annals of the historic PSL. 3 Carlos “Scooby” Johnson (Benton Harbor F) —  Could easily ...

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January 29, 2020, 2:22 pm

The Bucs Basketball Pantheon — Keon Thompson Jr. joins Merrillville’s Master Class

Merrillville junior hoop king Keon Thompson Jr. just broke loose for a school-record 52 points in a single game last week. He’s a shoo-in to end his prep career as the Pirates all-time leading scorer. Let’s take a look back at Bucs Baller past and break down the best Merrillville hoopsters of the modern era ...

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January 24, 2020, 1:26 pm

Five For Fighting — Burney’s Mid-Winter Indiana Mr. Basketball Power Rankings

1 Tony Perkins (Lawrence North G) — The leader in the clubhouse at the midway point of the season, this Iowa-bound playmaker is pure electricity. Made the leap from offseason sleeper in the race to clear frontrunner in January. 2 Anthony Leal (Bloomington South G) — This slick, heady B-Town baller is hot on Perkins’ ...