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April 11, 2016, 4:43 pm

The Ultimate Family Affair – AAU Magic Men

In terms of AAU hoops this offseason, The Family 17-U squad is the premier club in the state of Michigan. The Fam won a tourney out in Grand Rapids this weekend. Alright, let’s ROLL CALL it, Burney Style: Jermaine Jackson, Jr. (Macomb Dakota G) – Maybe early frontrunner for 2017 Mr. Basketball, prototypical PTP’er (Primetime ...


April 9, 2016, 2:00 am

An Athlete Who Gets The Job Done Every Way Possible

Here’s a rundown of some of the states’s most athletic prep quarterbacks, the type of fearless and feathery field generals that can hurt opponents with their arms and legs Sam Johnson (Southfield A&T) – The best incoming sophomore signal caller in the state, savvy, strong arm, steady in the pocket, velvety touch, razor sharp instincts ...


April 6, 2016, 4:14 pm

It’s a Power Grab – The “Juice” Index

What is the current power balance in the MHSAA boys hoops scene? Let’s take a look, Burney Style!! Burney’s Elite 8 – The Top 8 Power Brokers on the state’s boys basketball landscape 1. William Wesley – Some say “World Wide Wes” is the most powerful man in pro basketball “behind the scenes,” well WWW ...


April 5, 2016, 2:56 pm

Jackson Deserves The Chance To Head Alma Mater’s Hoop Program

Jermaine Jackson will be a very good DI men’s college basketball coach when he takes over at UD-Mercy in a couple weeks. That’s right, Burney’s calling his shot. Jackson, one of the all-time great Titans, is going to be at the helm of the program soon. I think it’s a great fit. Is the 39-year ...


April 2, 2016, 6:00 am

The Super Soph Lowdown – Tenth-Grade Grid Studs

Here’s a Five-Pack of piping-hot prep pigskin prospects in the state’s Class of 2018: If you appreciate fabulous defense, you’ll love this group!!!! Aidan Hutchinson (Dearborn Divine Child DE) – This kid is moving up college recruiting charts so fast this offseason you’d think he was a track star, not a quarterback’s worst nightmare on ...


March 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

The Early-Spring Pigskin Prospect Report – Who Needs Watching

Some fast-rising football recruits in the state’s Class of 2017 Burney has his eyes on Deron Irving-Bey (Flint Southwestern DE) – Quick and instinctive off the edge, GINORMOUS upside at the college level, really breaking out this offseason Kalil Pimpleton (Muskegon ATH) – Great junior campaign, just scratching the surface on what he can become, ...


March 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

Burney’s Boys BBall All-State Squad – The Few, The Proud, The Awesome

Burney’s All-Michigan Boys Cage Crew 2016 Cassius Winston (Detroit U-D Jesuit Sr. PG) – Mr. Basketball, future MSU floor general, 4-time Catholic League champion, 3-time final-four participant….’Nuff Said!!! Foster Loyer (Clarkston Soph. PG) – Smartest basketball player in the state, the consummate coach on the court, the definition of efficient Corey Allen (Ypsilanti Sr. G) ...


March 27, 2016, 1:00 pm

Five For Fighting – The State Of Affairs

FIVE FOR FIGHTING : The Best of The Bunch Of Boys Ballers @ Breslin G Cassius Winston (Detroit U-D Jesuit) – Simply perfection in every way, career, whole senior year, whole 2016 tourney & final four, one of the top overall players to ever suit up in the Catholic League, the entire Mitten G James ...


March 23, 2016, 9:37 pm

My Way Too Early 2017 Mr. Basketball List

(Photo Contributed) Burney’s Way-to-early candidates for the 2017 Mr. Basketball trophy Jamal Cain (Detroit Cornerstone F) – Silky smooth swingman, small school, gargantuan talent. Amauri Hardy (North Farmington G) – Lightning-quick combo guard, super-fast first step, masterful finishing ability. Greg Elliott (Detroit East English Village G/F) – Might turn into a superstar in the PSL ...


March 21, 2016, 1:35 pm

The X Marks The Spot – Playoff Edition

Some boys hoopsters Burney thinks will be X-FACTORS in Tuesday’s Class A quarterfinals: Jamyrin Jackson & LeAndre Wright (Lansing Everett) – The lynchpins of this Cinderella club shooting for a second trip in a row to the final four. Everett was a .500 team to open the postseason, but Jackson and Wright have been carrying ...


March 18, 2016, 2:00 am

Pitch Perfect @ Pittsford: Mad Maddie Keeps Breaking Loose

Like a ruby, emerald or diamond, Pittsford junior girls basketball star Maddie Clark is a rare gem. Clark isn’t just an all-state center on the hardwood, she’s a three-sport standout. She’s been selected first-team all-state in volleyball and track-and-field (discus throw) too. This girl is the definition of dominant. Thursday night, she went for 26 ...