Archive for August, 2011

Mott’s Sam Burton signs with Davenport University

Posted: August 22, 2011 by Jared Field in College, JUCO

Davenport University just scored one of the hidden gems of the JUCO circuit. Mott’s Sam Burton, a 6-3 guard from Detroit, has officially signed with the Panthers.

Burton’s basketball future was in question after an ugly knee injury sidelined him for the bulk of the Bears’ run at a national champion last March (Mott finished as the national runner-up). A lot of folks chalked up the team’s inability to earn the school’s fourth national title to Burton’s absence. He was, after all, a high-impact player for Mott for two seasons.

Burton was injured early in the tournament run, tried to play, but ultimately the injury was too serious. His knee was surgically repaired earlier this year and he continues his therapy regimen.

Burton is a slinky guard with tremendous explosion to the basket. He’s a great finisher and about as gritty as I’ve seen at the position. If Burton makes a full recovery, he’ll be something special at this level.

Flint, known as Michigan’s “Basketball City” since the Flintstones burst on the scene at Michigan State, was actually a factory town long before Mateen Cleaves and company entered the national spotlight. Many factories produced Buicks and Chevys, true, but for now we’re talking about some other names: Trent Tucker, Glen Rice, Jeff Grayer, Roy Marble and more. Those players walked the hallways of our local high school before making it to the best basketball league in the world — The NBA.

Flint has probably produced more professional athletes than any other city its size in the country. We have a tremendous athletic heritage here, and one local writer has finally put Flint in its rightful place among the hottest basketball hotbeds in the country. Find out where Flint is ranked in the HIGH-erarchy of NBA factory towns.

Get your copy of HIGH-erarchy for 10 bucks here.

From CreateSpace:

In ‘The HIGH-erarchy: Ranking the top 30 NBA talent producing high schools in history,’ Patrick Hayes attempts to come up with a system that rates which schools stand out above the others when it comes to sending impactful players to the NBA ranks.

With a yearly influx of talent as well as a growing number of new basketball hotspots around the country, its likely that the top 30 won’t remain static for long, but this book attempts to give a brief snapshot of the conditions that have led these schools to become such basketball powerhouses.