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Olynyk Is WCC Player of the Year; Harris, Pangos, Hart, Few Honored

Kelly Olynyk was named the WCC Player of the Year (Photo: SWX) Kelly Olynyk was named the WCC Player of the Year (Photo: SWX)
Kevin Pangos (left) and Elias Harris (right) were named to the All-WCC team (Photo: SWX) Kevin Pangos (left) and Elias Harris (right) were named to the All-WCC team (Photo: SWX)
Coach Mark Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the 9th time in his career (Photo: SWX) Coach Mark Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the 9th time in his career (Photo: SWX)
Przemek Karnowski was named to the WCC All-Freshman team (Photo: SWX) Przemek Karnowski was named to the WCC All-Freshman team (Photo: SWX)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the end, the best player in the West Coast Conference wasn't the man with the mouthpiece. Instead, it was the junior forward who took a redshirt year last season, Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga.

Olynyk, the 11th player in Gonzaga history to be named the West Coast Player of the Year, beat out Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova for top honors this season. He led the WCC in field goal percentage (66.8%), and ranked in the top 10 in both scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.3rpg).

But Olynyk wasn't the only Zag to be honored Tuesday. Mike Hart, a former walk-on to the team, was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the Zags keep the rest of the WCC to a lowly 60.1 points per game. The Zags' opponents shot a dismal 38.5 percent from the field this year, and a good portion of that can be credited to Hart's hustle.

Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos both joined Olynyk on the All-WCC team. And coach Mark Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year. It is Few's ninth such honor. This year he led the Bulldogs a lossless record in conference player and a first-ever No. 1 AP ranking to close out the regular season.

 

2012-13 West Coast Conference Player of the Year

Kelly Olynyk, Jr., F, Gonzaga

 

2012-13 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Mike Hart, Sr., G, Gonzaga

 

2012-13 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year

Stacy Davis, Fr., F, Pepperdine

 

2012-13 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year

Mark Few, Gonzaga 

 

 

2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player

Yr.

Pos.

School

Brandon Davies

Sr.

F

BYU

Matthew Dellavedova

Sr.

G

Saint Mary's

Cole Dickerson

Jr.

F

San Francisco

Kevin Foster

Sr.

G

Santa Clara

Elias Harris

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

Tyler Haws

So.

G

BYU

Anthony Ireland

Jr.

G

Loyola Marymount

Kelly Olynyk

Jr.

F

Gonzaga

Kevin Pangos

So.

G

Gonzaga

Marc Trasolini

Sr.

F

Santa Clara

 

2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION

Christopher Anderson (San Diego); Jordan Baker (Pepperdine); Gary Bell Jr. (Gonzaga); Stacy Davis (Pepperdine); Johnny Dee (San Diego); Cody Doolin (San Francisco); Stephen Holt (Saint Mary's); Lorne Jackson (Pepperdine); Ryan Nicholas (Portland)

 

2012-13 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM

Player

Pos.

School

Stacy Davis

F

Pepperdine

Tim Derksen

F

San Francisco

Avry Holmes

G

San Francisco

Przemek Karnowski

C

Gonzaga

Jito Kok

C

San Diego

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