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2014 KHQA Boys Basketball Player of the Year: TYLER NIEMANN, Canton

2014 KHQA BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TYLER NIEMANN,

Canton High School

The Skinny:

20.4 Points Per Game on 59% Shooting from the field

7.2 Rebounds Per Game

6.5 Assist Per Game

First Team All State Selection

Rationale: Great candidates in the final mix here but none came close to Canton's Senior Point Guard at the finish line. Tyler Niemann was a unanimous choice in our voting process and I am not sure there is a compelling argument to be levied against this pick. The Tigers Third Place state finish only made it more of a slam dunk as we had designated this kid as the de facto favorite back in early December and waited for someone to mount a serious charge against him. The threat never did arise. He is a do-it-all talent and as good off the floor as he was on it. This award marks the first time in our history that brother and sister (Tori Niemann won in 2009) have won our MVP Awards and just the second time it has happened between siblings (the Summers Brothers of Quincy High were our first ever such honorees) Tyler's numbers were sensational. His control of his team on th court was beyond reproach. And he set a high benchmark for character, class and grades off the hardwoods. In short, Tyler Niemann was nothing less than the perfect storm candidate.

RUNNER-UP: MILES WENTZIEN, Fort Madison

FAN VOTE: TYLER NIEMANN, Canton


Past Winners:


2013-Paxton Harmon, West Hancock


2012: Dalton Hoover, Pittsfield


2011:Brad Hamilton, Pittsfield


2010-Zach Forbes, Quincy High


2009-Ryan Stuckman, Quincy Notre Dame


2008-Matt Patterson, South Shelby


2007-Jared Summers, Quincy High


2006*-Mike Smith, Van-Far


2006*-Justin Brock, Liberty


2005-Cody Stoneburner, North Shelby


2004-Mike Smith, Van-Far


2003-Chad Cox, Macomb


2002-Nathan Emrick, Griggsville-Perry


2001-Mike Fitch, Pittsfield


2000-J.D. Summers, Quincy High


1999-Craig Lewis, Keokuk


1998-Jason Littig, Bluffs


1997-Bill Heisler, Warsaw


(*shared award)

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