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Olynyk catches up with former teammates

Kelly Olynyk spent a few days in Spokane after surprising his former teammates Saturday on Senior Night.

More on his visit and his rookie campaign with the Boston Celtics here.

Olynyk leaving Gonzaga for NBA

Back with my unedited article on Kelly Olynyk declaring for the NBA Draft that will run in Saturday's S-R.

Here's a link.

Olynyk declaring for NBA Draft

Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk has decided to bypass his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, The Spokesman-Review has learned.

Olynyk, who turned 22 on Friday, averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks as a junior. He made 63 percent of his field-goal attempts and 77.6 percent of his free throws.

The 7-foot forward from Kamloops, B.C., was a consensus All-American and an academic All-American.

UPDATE: GU release on Olynyk.

Olynyk receives academic honor

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk has been named the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball as well as being named to the Scholar-Athlete Team.

More here.

More honors for Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk joined select company when he was named Associated Press first-team All-American on Monday.

Dan Dickau and Adam Morrison are the only other Zags to be AP first-teamers. Olynyk also made the Wooden Award All-American team (10 players) later Monday. He's the fifth Bulldog to receive that honor, along with Dickau, Morrison, Casey Calvary and Blake Stepp.

More here.

Olynyk, Few honored

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk has been named District IX player of the year and Mark Few was named coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Olynyk is the fourth Zag to receive the award, joining Dan Dickau (2002), Blake Stepp (2004) and Adam Morrison (2006). Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova was the only other WCC player selected to the All-District IX team. Seven Pac-10 players, including WSU's Brock Motum, and Long Beach State's James Ennis completed the 10-member team.

District IX encompasses California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

Olynyk is a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

More here.

Olynyk finalist for Wooden Award

Heading over to the Orleans Arena for the GU women's semifinal against BYU at noon, but a little news to pass on first.

Gonzaga junior Kelly Olynyk is one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award.

Olynyk, who averaged 17.7 points and 7 rebounds, was named the WCC player of the year earlier this week. Olynyk, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Miami's Shane Larkin weren't on the award's mid-season top 25 but all three made the final ballot.

Zags receive All-WCC honors

Gonzaga was well represented when the WCC announced its all-conference awards on Tuesday.

Kelly Olynyk was voted player of the year, Mike Hart defensive player of the year and Mark Few coach of the year. Olynyk, Elias Harrs and Kevin Pangos were named to the 10-member All-WCC team.

Gary Bell Jr. made honorable mention. Przemek Karnowski was chosen for the All-Freshman team.

My unedited article for Wednesday's S-R below.

Olynyk honored as WCC player of year

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk has been named WCC player of the year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Olynyk, who is averaging 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in conference, becomes the 11th Gonzaga player to be selected WCC player of the year.

Mark Few was named WCC coach of the year for the ninth time in his career.

Senior Mike Hart was selected defensive player of the year. Pepperdine freshman Stacy Davis was named newcomer of the year.

Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos joined Olynyk on the All-WCC first team. Gary Bell Jr. was honorable mention. Przemek Karnowski was selected to the All-Freshman team.

Here's the WCC release. We'll have more on the blog and twitter later today

Olynyk on Robertson Trophy watch list

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk is one of 12 players on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch list, announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association

Ex-Zag Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick shared the award in 2006.

More here and more below.

Olynyk makes sudden impact

Kelly Olynyk hadn't played in an official game for nearly 20 months, but the 7-foot junior shook off the rust quickly and helped Gonzaga win the Old Spice Classic.

More on Olynyk's return and an update on ex-Zag Ryan Spangler here. The Old Spice crown helped GU move up to 12th in both polls.

Olynyk will miss first three games

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk will not be allowed to participate in the Bulldogs' first three regular-season games as a result of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the school announced Saturday.

Olynyk, who sat out Kraziness in the Kennel last Saturday and won't play in tonight's exhibition game against Northwest Nazarene, will return for the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. He'll miss games against Southern Utah, West Virginia and South Dakota.

The release didn't provide details of Olynyk's violation.

"Gonzaga's student-athletes are students first, and are required to follow all tenets of the Student Code of Conduct," according to GU"s release. "The same rules and procedures are applied to all students in conduct and disciplinary matters.

"Consistent with university policy regarding matters involving student discipline, no further comments regarding the violation or disciplinary action will be forthcoming."

Day after Kraziness

Back with a day-after post from Saturday's Kraziness in the Kennel .

Yes, I forgot to post my article on the blog last night, but I did remember to tweet it. I tweeted 11 times during the event, and probably tweet more than that during a GU game. The point I’m trying to make — and I’ve mentioned several times before in this space — is twitter.com/srjimm is the best way to get Zag news from me. The ratio of tweets-to-blog posts is probably 15/20-to-1.

Read on for more.


More on Gonzaga’s scheduled redshirts

As mentioned here before, Gonzaga plans on redshirting junior Kelly Olynyk and true freshmen Kyle Dranginis and Chris Sarbaugh. I caught up with Olynyk and Dranginis as well as assistant coach Tommy Lloyd to put together this article that will run in Friday's S-R.

GU roundup

Several GU items of interest. Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk scored in double figures twice this week for Canada at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. Here's a link to Olynyk's stats throughout the tournament. He's fifth in scoring and third in rebounding for Canada, which is 2-5 in Group X standings and saw its Olympic hopes dashed by a loss to Panama.

Battle in Seattle pre-sale tickets for Spokane residents and members of the State Farm Battle in Seattle mailing list go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets (three Fred Meyer locations in Spokane, Veradale). More here and at ticketmaster.com. Gonzaga will face Arizona, which advanced to the Elite Eight last year and is 3-0 against the Bulldogs all time, at KeyArena.

UPDATE: CBS will televise the Battle in Seattle, which tips at 1 on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Santa Clara, which appeared to be positioned to challenge Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and BYU at the top of the WCC, lost senior forward Marc Trasolini to a torn ACL in an exhibition contest in his home province of B.C. More here and here.

Krazy start for GU basketball

Gonzaga officially launched the 2010-11 season with Kraziness in the Kennel on Friday. Click here to read my article that will run in Saturday’s S-R.

Olynyk scores 24 in Canada’s win

GU recruit Kelly Olynyk scored 24 points to help Canada to a victory at the U19 world championships. Mangisto Arop, another GU-bound player, added seven points. More here.  

GU recruits make Canadian jr. national team

Gonzaga incoming freshmen Kelly Olynyk and Mangisto Arop are just days away from representing Canada on the country’s junior national team at the FIBA world championships in New Zealand.

More here and here.

Sacre, Olynyk with Canadian national teams

Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre and incoming recruit Kelly Olynyk are playing summer basketball on Canadian national teams. More on Sacre and the senior national team here and more on Olynyk, MVP of a tournament in France, and the U19 team here

Incoming recruit Manny Arop is on the U19 squad, but was unable to play because of an ankle injury.


All things Olynyk

Waiting for return calls from Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett and Gaels center Omar Samhan, so we’ll post more information on Kelly Olynyk, the 6-10 Canadian who committed to Gonzaga.

Read on.


Gonzaga notes

Back with a notebook from media day this afternoon, but the first half of it centers on Kelly Olynyk’s verbal commitment to Gonzaga.

Read below for an unedited version of the article that will run in Tuesday’s S-R.