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May 22, 2017, 1:44 pm

Slinging The Pigskin Down South – Muskegon Football Star Selects UCF

The Florida sun awaits one mighty versatile Westside wiz in the pocket.   Muskegon junior quarterback LaDarius Jefferson committed to the University of Central Floridaover the weekend. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound dual-threat signal caller split time under center last season with Virginia Tech early-enrollee Kalil Pimpleton on a 2016 Big Reds squad that advanced into the Division 3 state championship game. For this upcoming ...


May 19, 2017, 12:00 pm

Shooting For The Stars – These Junior Cagers Can Stop & Pop

Burney loves a great pure shooter on the basketball floor and the state’s Class of 2018 has its share of excellent long-range bombers. Here’s a list of some of the Mitten’s top outside marksmen to keep a watch for from beyond the arc next season.   Jason Dietz (Troy) – Dials it up from downtown with ...


May 18, 2017, 12:27 pm

Spring Vacation – Hoopsters Head Out Of Town For AAU Ball

CHECK THE NEW TREND: Many of the best boys basketball players in the state are opting to play their offseason hoops with out-of-state AAU teams.   Brandon Johns (East Lansing F) – Arguably the No. 1 player in the junior class is filling it up with the Indiana’s Indy Heat   Foster Loyer (Clarkston G) – Arguably the ...


May 11, 2017, 12:19 pm

Football Recruiting Roundup – Mid-Major Field Day, MAC Nabs 4 From Mitten

The Mid-American Conference just gobbled up some of the state’s top football recruits in the Class of 2018.   Alright, let’s break down these recent college connections on the gridiron.   Aaron Jackson (Detroit Cass Tech QB) – This 6-foot-2, 215-pound dual-threat signal caller committed to Eastern Michigan.  Looking sharp in spot duty the last few years for ...


May 11, 2017, 10:10 am

Diaper Dandies In The D – Youth Served On PSL Basketball Court

The Detroit PSL is the home to some mighty fine freshman backcourt prospects on the boys hardwood these days.   With their first year of varsity hoops under their belts, let’s take a look the three best “Baby Ballers” in the historic league, according to your boy Burney (listed in alphabetical order):   Tyson Acuff ...


May 9, 2017, 11:06 am

Arrivals & Departures: UK Snares OP gridder McCall, CT’s Gervin Spurns ND

Oak Park football standout Marquan McCall found his home at the next level over the weekend, while Detroit Cass Tech gridiron star Kalon Gervin started looking for a new one.   McCall, a 4-star offensive lineman, committed to Kentucky. Gervin, also a 4-star prospect and the most-coveted cornerback in the state’s crop of juniors, de-committed from Notre Dame. They are two of the Top 5 players in ...


May 4, 2017, 11:28 am

Basketball News & Notes – Line Talk W/Loyer, Bingham, Watts Catching Fire

Clarkston junior point guard and Michigan State-commit Foster Loyer was a perfect 43-43 from the free-throw line at an AAU tournament over last weekend. Loyer plays for All-Ohio Red and is fresh off the heels of leading his C-Town Wolfpack to a Class A state title back in March. His prowess at the charity stripe should be ...


May 2, 2017, 10:00 am

U-D Mercy Doubles Up, Dakota Cagers Jackson & Ballantyne Become Titans

Macomb Dakota’s Jermaine Jackson, Jr. and Jack Ballantyne only got of year of high school hoops  in together. Now, they’ll get four more in college.   Jackson and Ballantyne, two of the premier boys basketball players in the state’s Class of 2017, both signed with the University of Detroit-Mercy Monday.   Ballantyne, 6-foot-9 big fella, transferred to Dakota ...


April 28, 2017, 11:00 am

Waving The White Flag – WMU Takes UP Super Hooper Off The Market

Western Michigan just snared some UP Power for its hoop program. As in one of the true great UP athletes of all-time and one of the most dominant small-school athletes in MHSAA history….TRUTH!!!   Powers North Central all-state senior forward and Mr. Basketball finalist Jason Whitens signed with Western Michigan this week, ending months of speculation as to ...


April 27, 2017, 12:09 pm

Vacancies On The Bench – Cager Coaching Farewells

Let’s talk about 10 recent boys basketball coaching openings across the state.   Alright, ready, set, go:   Gladstone – On the heels of being named the AP’s Upper Peninsula’s Coach of the Year (ABC) for the 2017 campaign, where he took his club to an 18-6 record and an appearance in the Class B regional finals, Clayton ...


April 26, 2017, 5:26 pm

Straight To The Strip – NF’s Hardy Heads West, Selects UNLV

(PHOTO CREDIT: David Donoher)   Vegas, baby, Vegas!!!   North Farmington sensational senior cager and 2017 Mr. Basketball finalist Amauri Hardy will be playing his college on the Las Vegas Strip. An explosive and crafty 6-foot-2 combo guard, Hardy signed with UNLV on a trip to campus in Nevada Wednesday afternoon and joins McDonald’s All-American big fella Brandon McCoy, ...