We now move on to the Top Inside Player category, and this one was a tough one to narrow down the initial nominees. Not only is the definition of an “inside player” fluid, but there were so many to choose from.
The player who took this award was not only the best inside player this past season, he was one of the best players period. He was an unstoppable force near the rim and produced highlight reel dunks that left the crowd wanting more.
We’re talking about none other than Liam McChesney!
Liam was truly a dominant force throughout his senior season. The future Utah State Aggie dazzled the crowd with his Zion-like dunks and his forceful blocks on the defensive end. He led his team to a 2A provincial banner and a 2nd place finish at the prestigious Emerald Tournament back in January. Plus, the natural attention he drew inside opened up a ton of opportunities for his teammates.
The voting wasn’t particularly close either. Liam got 229 voted, over 150 more than the second place finisher. It goes to show how much people respected Liam’s game and his abilities on the hardwood. After that though, it was extremely close (as you’ll see if you scroll down).
Here’s what the fans had to say about the Charles Hays Rainmaker:
“Can finish over anyone. Has natural touch and footwork.”
“Size, strength, and athleticism make this player stand out amongst other big men.”
“Wet In Post and Wet on the 3 point line.”
Congrats to Liam on the award and we look forward to watching you play D1 ball next season!
Here’s who else made the top 5 Inside Player as voted on by the fans:
#2 Vikram Hayer, North Delta Huskies
Playing through a knee injury that he suffered at the STMC Chancellor Tournament, Vikram was a perfect compliment to the three point shooting of Arun Atker and the scoring threat of Suraj Gahir. His ability to rebound and get put back opportunities was a major reason for their success this past season.
#3 Zach Hamed, Heritage Woods Kodiaks
The future UVic Vike did all the dirty work for the Kodiaks last season. A great post player, he can attack you from inside as well as with his jumper.
#4 Geevon Janday, G.W. Graham Grizzlies
Geevon was a tenacious rebounder for the Grizzlies and a large part of their offence. His defensive effort was nearly unmatched at the 3A level.
#5 Aidan Wilson, Burnaby South Rebels
Half of the twin towers offence along with Sasha Vujisic, Aidan had the length in the post and a defensive block that gave opponents tons of trouble. Next year he’ll be playing for the Douglas College Royals.
Here’s how everyone voted. Next up: Top Defender!
Written by: Nick Bondi