LANGLEY — Welcome to the list to top all lists in the world of B.C. boys high school basketball.
With the 75th birthday of the heralded classic set to tip off Wednesday, a special committee struck by the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association to celebrate its diamond anniversary has produced its list of the B.C. Championship Tournament’s 25 Greatest Players of All Time.
“It was a very difficult task… very challenging,” admitted 75th anniversary committee chairman Paul Eberhardt, a former BCHSBBA president.
“But at the same time, it was a lot of fun,” continued Eberhardt of the list presented below in alphabetical order. “We went over dozens and dozens and dozens of names, and the common theme to it all was ‘How can we not include him?’”
The selection committee abided by the following guidelines in their selection:
1 Overall multiple B.C. tournament success and performance (multiple all-star teams and/or MVP’s, as well as team success).
2 Dominant individual tournament success and performance.
3 Continued excellence in basketball after his high school career.
Clearly, on a list that begins with 1954 grads Don Steen of Burnaby South and John Kootnekoff of Mission, and extends forward to Jadon Cohee of 2013’s Walnut Grove Gators, the list is expansive.
Centennial’s Lars Hansen (1972), St. Michaels University School’s Steve Nash (1992), Handsworth’s Robert Sacre (2006) and South Kamloops’ Kelly Olynyk (2009) comprise the list’s exclusive NBA section.
No school had more than one player included on the list with the exception of the Richmond Colts who had three in Alan Tait (1980, Oregon State), Ron Putzi (1988, New Mexico State) and Pasha Bains (1998, Clemson, Simon Fraser, UBC).
“It was an honour for our committee to make these selections,” said Eberhardt, “but we also felt pressure because there were so many great players, that no matter who you picked, you were going to be missing somebody.”
THE BCHSBBA TOP 25 PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME
(in alphabetical order)
Pasha Bains (Richmond 1998)
Sandy Bisaro (Kitsilano 1997)
Paul Buday (Duke of Connaught 1952)
Jadon Cohee (Walnut Grove 2013)
Greg De Vries (L.V. Rogers 1991)
Willie Galick (Cedar 2005)
Brendan Graves (Lambrick Park 1991)
Lars Hansen (Centennial 1972)
Eric Hinrichsen (Carihi 1993)
Gerald Kazanowski (Nanaimo 1978)
Ken Kirzinger (Oak Bay 1978)
John Kootnekoff (Mission 1954)
Tyrell Mara (White Rock Christian Academy 2005)
Tony McCrory (Ladysmith 1995)
Steve Nash (St. Michaels University School 1992)
Randy Nohr (Aldergrove 1995)
John Olsen (Prince Rupert 1962)
Kelly Olynyk (South Kamloops 2009)
Ron Putzi (Richmond 1988)
Rob Sacre (Handsworth 2007)
Don Steen (Burnaby South 1954)
Ed Suderman (MEI 1963)
Alan Tait (Richmond 1980)
Ron Thorsen (Prince George 1967)
Brent Watson (Magee 1961)
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