Kelly Olynyk Named Wooden Award Top Five All-America - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Kelly Olynyk Named Wooden Award Top Five All-America

Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics

Gonzaga University junior Kelly Olynyk was named to the John R. Wooden Top Five All-America team Friday.

The John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy's®, was presented by Coach John Wooden's grandson, Greg, on behalf of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, to University of Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke. Greg Wooden appeared on ESPN SportsCenter and presented Burke with the Wooden Award Trophy whose unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden's idea of the "total basketball player." The 37th Annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's, honoring Burke and the men's and women's Wooden All American Teams, will take place April 12 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Olynyk becomes the third Bulldog to receive Wooden Award Top Five All-America recognition, joining Dan Dickau in 2002 and Adam Morrison in 2006.

Voters include hundreds of national college basketball media who selected and ranked 10 players. In the closest voting since Duke University's J.J. Redick finished 72 points ahead of Morrison in 2006, Burke had 2,808 points, just ahead of second-place finisher Victor Oladipo of Indiana (2,718). Returning Wooden All American Doug McDermott of Creighton was third (2,344) followed by Otto Porter, Jr. of Georgetown (2,144) and Olynyk (2,079).

Olynyk, who redshirted last season, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He averaged 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 assists/game and 1.1 blocks/game in helping Gonzaga to a 32-3 overall record, a 16-0 WCC mark, the WCC Tournament title and a 15th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

After a stellar sophomore year in which he has averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists (No. 12 in the nation) while helping lead the Wolverines to the Final Four for the first time since 1993, Burke was also the 2013 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.

The rest of the Wooden All American team, announced last week, from places six through 10, include University of Miami's Shane Larkin, Indiana University's Cody Zeller, Duke's Mason Plumlee, Ohio State University's DeShaun Thomas and the University of Kansas' Ben McLemore.

All players proved that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Olynyk graduated in December with a 3.53 GPA in accounting and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Gonzaga.

  • College

    • Courtesy: EWU Athletics

      Bogdan Bliznyuk signs Summer League deal with LA Clippers

      EWU Athletics The path to the National Basketball Association begins in Las Vegas for former Eastern Washington University basketball player Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern head coach Shantay Legans said Saturday (June 23).   The Big Sky Conference all-time leading scorer has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers, and will represent the team in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas from July 6-13. All five of their games will be broadcast on either ESPN or NBATV.   Since en...
    • Johnathan Williams signs Summer League contract with Lakers

      Former Gonzaga Bulldog basketball player Johnathan Williams signed with the Los Angeles Lakers Summer League team Friday, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic. In his senior season with Gonzaga, Williams averaged 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. However the 6-foot-9 forward went undrafted Thursday night after. During his two years in Spokane, Wash., Williams was a two-time All-WCC first-teamer and an AP All-American honorable mention selection. Williams will now follow in the...
    • Photo: Gonzaga Athletics

      Jake Vieth named to 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Team

      Vieth started 56 games for the Bulldogs registering 414 putouts, 36 assists and no errors for a perfect fielding percentage. His 414 putouts led the West Coast Conference.

    • Washington State implements clear bag policy for Martin Stadium

      Prohibited items no longer allowed in venues include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer/camera bags, binocular cases or any bag larger than the permissible size.

    • Hercules Mata'afa waived by Minnesota Vikings

      The Vikings waived Mata'afa with the intention that he will clear waivers and be placed on the injured reserve list and also signed rookie linebacker Mike Needham from Southern Utah as a replacement.

    • Hutton Family Puts the "Heart" in the Heart and Sole Run

      Like many families, for Alan Hutton and his daughter Courtney, Father's Day weekend just wouldn't be the same without the Heart and Sole run.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/