Updated: May 30, 2018
To be a playmaker, you need to be selfless. You have to want to get your teammates going, to put them in a position to succeed. Not only that, but you have to be able to score when the opportunity presents itself. Not everyone is willing or capable of doing that, but the ones who do are an absolute treat to watch. Here are the Top 5 play makers as voted on by the BC Sports Hub staff.
#5 — Bithow Wan, Byrne Creek Bulldogs
One of the best playmakers at the 3A level, Wan was able to use his length to draw in defenders, then dish it out to an open teammate. He can finish it like the best of them near the hoop, but it’s the ability to find the open man that makes him one of the best playmakers.
#4 — Sukhi Kang, W.J. Mouat Hawks
Despite his team being upset in the first round of provincials, Kang still showcased throughout the season why he is one of BC’s top playmakers. What makes him so special is his ability to find the open man on the fast break, allowing his team tons of easy points.
#3 — DruLeo Leusogi-Ape, Shawnigan Lake Stags
A certified 2A beast. Leusogi-Ape is only in grade 10 but is able to find his teammates open seemingly every possession, and of course can create shots for himself. The Stags nearly beat Brentwood College as well at provincials, one of the top teams in all of BC.
#2 — Nishad Tarak, Belmont Bulldogs
Truly one of the most unselfish players in the province. Tarak burst onto the scene during provincials, showcasing his tremendous playmaking ability as well as his deadly distance shooting. His passing vision is extraordinary and it seems like he has eyes in the back of his head at times. He may be the best pure passing point guard in the entire BC basketball scene.
#1 — Suraj Gahir, North Delta Huskies
One word describes Suraj Gahir’s style of play: dynamic. His explosiveness to the rim sets him apart, at which point he can finish it with ease or find an open teammate and get them going. His passing ability is off the charts in a set offensive play as well. He’s a player to keep a close eye on going into his grade 12 season.
Fans choice: Nishad Tarak, Belmont Bulldogs
Tarak narrowly beat out Gahir in the fans voting, but for the most part agreed with our assessment of the top playmakers in the province. The Bulldogs upsets led by Tarak during provincials clearly put him over the edge in the fans eyes.
Written by: Nick Bondi.