Feb. 21, 2013
TOWSON, Md. -- Three West Coast Conference student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Basketball Team. Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk was named to the First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Second Team selection Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's) and Third Team honoree Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara) were also honored.
Only the West Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference boast three Academic All-America selections.
Olynyk becomes the first Gonzaga player to earn first-team Academic All-America recognition since Dan Dickau in 2002. The 7-0, 238-pound Olynyk graduated in December with a 3.53 grade point average in accounting and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Gonzaga. He was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA All-District 8 first team to earn a spot on the national ballot.
Olynyk is averaging 17.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg for the third ranked and 26-2 Bulldogs who are 13-0 in the West Coast Conference. He scored a career-high 33 points this season at Santa Clara University and has hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds twice this season, including at Santa Clara for his lone double-double of the season.
Dellavedova was honored with recognition on the squad for the second straight season. The reigning WCC Player of the Year is averaging better than 16 points and six assists per game. In the classroom, Dellavedova boasts a 3.4 grade point average as a psychology major.
Trasolini was a Third Team selection, leading the Broncos in rebounding and blocks, and ranking second on the team in scoring. After graduating cum laude with a degree in Finance, Trasolini is working towards his MBA while pacing the Broncos on the court.
--from gozags.com & santaclarabroncos.com