Colby Maier: West Uprising
Published by CROWN staff on November 23, 2009
Colby Maier has faith in his defence. He’s got faith in his team. He’s got faith period. It represents how he lives his life. And out in the Wild West, you keep your faith in the game and it will repay you.
Slowly but surely British Columbia has garnered attention nationwide. While Ontario and Quebec continue to reap the benefits of high exposure in the nation’s ball community, BC maintains a work ethic that demands national attention.
“I think Western Canada is giving a wake-up call to Eastern Canada. I know BC has been putting in a lot of work and effort into there programs over the years,” says Colby Maier, an all purpose guard for the Kelowna Christian Knights.
At 6’4, 205 pounds, Maier is as quick and powerful as a 17-year old ball player gets. Being a versatile wing player that takes it strong to the rim allowed him to average 27 points, 8 boards and 5 assists per game last season. With a pattern forming, Maier shows no signs of slowing down. The credentials play out like this; two consecutive provincial championships, two MVP belts, and the ambition of helping his ‘A’ squad win the ‘AAA’ title. The St. George’s Saints are the existing ‘AAA’ provincial champions and will be defending their title this season to any worthy team that challenges their winning ways.
“Everyone tells me that there is no way a ‘A’ level school from the interior of B.C. will win a ‘AAA’ title, I just want to prove them wrong. I think the coming season will be one of the most stunning B.C. has ever seen.”
The next chapter of British Columbia basketball is expected to be an interesting one in a season that includes powerhouses like Vancouver College, St. George’s, and South Kamloops losing some top players like Thomas Scrubb, Josh Robertson and Kelly Olynyk. Fortunately, this allows the next batch of promising players to propel the bright future of basketball in western Canada.
“Colby is the kind of player that raises everyone’s level of play. He makes his teammates and his coaches look good, and he really wants to learn the game,” said Hinz.
It appears that Maier is a quick-learner with the basketball. He has already developed a clean looking jump shot and appears to be comfortable in tight defensive situations. He also possesses a sense of awareness that takes some players years to build upon. As promising as Maier looks it pays having point guard Daniel Benson and forward Tyler Lintell starting alongside him.
“Colby isn’t the only star player on this team,” said coach Hinz. “Tyler and Daniel are great players, and they give him some competition in practice.”
With the 09-10’ season kicking off in only a few weeks for the Knights, practice is the key to their success. The Knights will prepare for their split from ‘A’ level competition when they begin the season as a part of the ‘AAA’ division of BC. Maier has already proved a fair amount being the talented player he is, but the upcoming season should define his true abilities and test how well he and his team adapts to the challenging nature of ‘AAA’ basketball in British Columbia.
By Aaron Vaccariello