View Full Version : Howard Tsumura's Homage to Kelly Olynyk

03-26-2009, 11:02 AM
From The Province (http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/high_school_hamper/archive/2009/03/25/the-big-o-s-show-may-have-been-short-but-it-was-long-on-history-and-highlights.aspx)yesterday:

The Big O's show may have been short, but it was long on history and highlights

By Howard Tsumura 03-25-2009

VANCOUVER -- When comets are forecast to streak across the night sky, there is an understanding that while the view will be spectacular, the moments will be fleeting.

That's the best way to sum up the anticipation, the fireworks and ultimately the memories that Kelly Olynyk left during his four-day performance at the recently-completed B.C. boys Triple A basketball championships at the PNE Agrodome.

Although his South Kamloops Titans did not win the B.C. title, the 6-foot-11 guard-forward was picked the tournament MVP after doing something that may never again be repeated.

Olynyk is believed to be the first player in the events' 64-year history to lead the field in scoring (36.5 points per game), rebounding (15.5 rpg) and assists (7.2 apg). He also tied for the tournament lead in blocked shots per game at 3.5.

"You'll never see that again, no you won't," offers Richmond-R.C. Palmer head coach Paul Eberhardt who began watching games at the tournament as a grade schooler in the late 1970s and has coached Olynyk on provincial teams the past two summers. "I told everyone that I didn't think it was going to matter what place (South Kam) came in, that Kelly was going to be the MVP."

On Saturday, the best of B.C.'s graduating Class of 2009 will take part in the provincial high school all-star game at UBC (5:30 p.m., www.basketball.bc.ca/high school), but the streaking comet will not be there. Prior commitments to both Basketball Canada's elite development program and to junior national team meant a flight back east this past Monday for the Gonzaga-bound big man.

It's a shame, but his absence only seems to fuel the notion that no one got a chance to appreciate, over the full length of a high school playing career, everything that made him such a special player. And with that comes a mystique, a realization that if you missed his Agrodome performance, you missed something truly historical.

B.C.'s most ardent basketball purists would love the ability to go back in time and watch the likes of Lars Hansen, Steve Nash and J.D. Jackson as high school players. You can add Kelly Olynyk's name to that list.

Wow. What a recruiting class we have coming in this fall. I can't wait to see what Kelly does as a Zag, plus we'll also be able to follow his (and Manny's) play this summer on the Canadian Junior National Team.

03-26-2009, 11:43 AM
Boy I am excited to see him play