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February 21, 2018, 10:00 am

Hungry Like A Hawk – Athens Hoopster Enters Hallowed Ground

Troy Athens boys basketball star Taylor McCaskill has been tearing up the hardwood going on four years now. Last week, the 6-foot-1 combo guard became only the second player in the history of Red Hawks hoops to eclipse the 1,000 point marker. In other words, BIG MAC is a BIG BALLER and SHOT CALLER with few equals ...

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February 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Burney’s Backcourt Roll Call – Droves Of Depth On PSL Hoops Scene

The crop of lock-and-loaded backourts in the Detroit PSL is deep this winter. We’re talking subterranean levels of talented guard play.   Here’s a look at Burney’s best of the bunch:   David DeJulius & Tariq Shepherd (Detroit East English Village) – Diverse tandem with quick trigger fingers. DeJulius is an all-state senior point guard and ...

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February 8, 2018, 12:00 am

Chiming In From The Cheapseats – Who’s Leading The Hunt For Mr. Basketball?

  Burney’s 2018 Mr. Basketball Race Odds At The Halfway Mark: 1. Foster Loyer (Clarkston G) – Odds 2/1 Still the frontrunner, still gaining steam in his bid for the honor 2. David DeJulius (Detroit East English Village G) – Odds 3/1 The preseason darkhorse has become a serious contender 3. Brandon Johns (East Lansing ...

Football

February 5, 2018, 7:00 am

Stolen Treasures – A Half-Dozen Divison II Football Steals

With Signing Day on the horizon this week, here’s a six-pack of GLIAC football recruiting grabs that represent outstanding value at the DII level:   Davison RB Tariq Reid (Grand Valley State) – Has the chance to be a SUPERSTAR rushing the rock in Allendale, don’t let his lack of sprinter speed fool you, tremendous instinct, loves ...

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January 31, 2018, 2:00 pm

Pass Catchers Paradise – Plenty Of WR Prospects On The Prowl

A half-dozen fast-rising wide receivers to watch for this offseason   Anthony Enechukewu (Orchard Lake. St. Mary’s Soph.) – The next great WR from a program which has produced quite a few, the tools he has in abundance you can’t teach   David Ellis (Chippewa Valley Jr.) – The most intriguing Macomb County has to offer at ...

Football

January 21, 2018, 2:00 pm

Going Bigger Than Expected – Adams Gridder Gray Goes Blue

The first letter’s the same, but the similarities pretty much stop right there.   Rochester Adams football star Vincent Gray traded up from Missouri to Maze and Blue. Gray, an instinctive and athletic 6-foot-2 cornerback, committed to theUniversity of Michigan over the weekend.   He had been headed to Missouri until recently reopening his recruitment.   Last fall, ...

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January 20, 2018, 10:00 am

A Vikings’ Feast – CSU Claims Another Cage Commit In GRC’s Millner

No more MILLing around Michigan.   Grand Rapids Christian boys basketball star Setrick (Seth) Millner committed to Cleveland State late this week making him the Vikings’ third grab in the Mitten’s Class of 2018. The slippery and fundamentally-sound 6-foot-5 swingman joins Wayne Memorial guard Rashad Williams and Detroit Edison power forward Deante (Spider) Johnson in Cleveland State’s current recruiting ...

Basketball

January 17, 2018, 11:36 am

Movie The Needle – Burney Tries To Solve The Transfer Problem

With the Thomas Kithier situation pretty much resolved with last week’s court ruling, it’s time for the MHSAA to finally get its arms around the state’s transfer epidemic. And make no mistake about it, what we have going on throughoutthe state, in almost every major sport, has reached epidemic proportions. It’s not just boys basketball and it’s not ...

Basketball

January 11, 2018, 12:00 am

Returning Just In The Nick Of Time – UDJ Cager Thomas Cleared To Play

Prep basketball star Jalen Thomas is back in the fold at Detroit U-D Jesuit. And it couldn’t come at a more opportune time either. The Cubs (5-2) are starting to get into the groove and reestablish their identity as a state power.   The 6-foot-10 Thomas, a highly-sought junior college recruit, was recently ruled eligible by the ...

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January 10, 2018, 11:00 am

Five For Fighting – Junior Gridder Jump Off

Five For Fighting – The Best Junior Linebackers In The State   1. Lance Dixon (West Bloomfield) – Elite on the outside, a sideline-to-sideline assassin, has all the tools, speed, size, instinct and intelligence   2. Ali’Vonta Wallace (Muskegon) – The No. 1 inside linebacker in the entire state….YEAH, I SAID IT!!   3. Marcel Lewis (Chippewa ...

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January 8, 2018, 4:00 pm

Five For Fighting – Class of 2019 Pigskin Pass Rushers

FIVE FOR FIGHTING – The Top 5 Pass Rush Prospects In The State’s Junior Class   1. Mike Fletcher (Flint Carman-Ainsworth DE) – Shake and Bake specialists coming off the edge   2. Mazi Smith (East Kentwood DT) – Pure power at the point of attack, disrupter extraordinaire   3. Jalen Hunt (Belleville DE) – Gets better every snap, ...