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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


The regular season records remained unblemished Saturday for both the boys and girls basketball teams at Birmingham Detroit Country Day. The boys routed defending Catholic League champs, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 71-43, and pushed their record to 4-0. The girls put in a dominating performance as well and crushed Detroit University Prep 69-42, to move to 6-0.
Junior super stud big man Amir Williams scored 15 points, blocked six shots, and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the boys. The titanic-backcourt of senior Ray McCallum (one of the most heavily-touted point guard recruits in the nation) and junior Lee Bailey, combined for 24 points and 13 assists. McCallum and Bailey each had 12 points apiece.
The 6-9 Williams has recruiters drooling with his rare combination of raw skill, power, and finesse. It would be huge for UofM head coach John Beilein to land this kid. The Wolverines need athletic bigs and Amir "The Sultan of Swat" Williams fits the bill……and then some.
The Lady Jackets were led by sensational sophomore Aerial Powers, who sliced and diced her way through the U-Prep "D" for 27 points and 6 rebounds. Powers is an emerging star and could easily be a top candidate for the state's Ms. Basketball Award in 2012. Senior center Madison Williams (Michigan State), had 12 points, eight rebounds, and ten blocks for the Country Day girls hoopsters – defending back-to-back state champions – to augment Powers' dominating outing .
Pound-for-pound, DCD probably has the best dual-hoops program in the state. The bar is set very high over in Yellowjackets country and that's a result of a combined 18 state titles between the two high-grade and talent rich programs over the past 25 years. As a result, practically every season, both squads are the cream of the crop and traditionally boast serious D1 firepower across the board. Head coaches Kurt Keener and Frank Orlando are both class acts and the kids from both programs more than follow suit.
Now, does a program like DCD maintain a significant advantage over the competition because it's a private school and they can provide financial assistance and such to certain student-athletes? That's a discussion for a whole other time.


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