March 28, 2013
ST. LOUIS -- Gonzaga University's Kelly Olynyk has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-America first team.
Olynyk, a junior center from Kamloops, British Columbia, becomes the first NABC honoree for the Bulldogs since Adam Morrison received first-team All-America recognition in 2006.
He is joined on the first team by sophomore guard Trey Burke of the University of Michigan, junior forward Doug McDermott of Creighton University, sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr., of Georgetown University and junior guard Victor Oladipo of Indiana University.
The West Coast Conference Player of the Year, Olynyk averaged 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 assists/game and 1.1 blocks/game.
Olynyk burst on the scene this season after redshirting the 2012 season to re-tool his game and his body. An inside force, Olynyk shot 62.9 percent (215-for-342) from the field and is currently ranked third nationally.
Off the court he was a Capital One Academic All-America first-team selection, graduating in December with a 3.53 grade-point-average in accounting. He is currently in his first semester of his MBA program.
The Bulldogs went 32-3 this season, the first 30-win season in program history, rose to its inaugural No. 1 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls and received its first No. 1 seed into the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to Olynyk and Morrison, three other Bulldogs have received NABC All-America team recognition. Frank Burgess was a third-team pick in 1961 after leading the county in scoring with his 32.4 ppg. Dan Dickau in 2002 and Blake Stepp in 2004 were second-team honorees.