Kelly Olynyk named to AP All-America Team

Kelly Olynyk named to AP All-America Team

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21: Kelly Olynyk #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs goes up for a shot against Javan Mitchell #44 of the Southern University Jaguars in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by GU Athletics

KREM.com

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 4:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Gonzaga University center Kelly Olynyk became the third Bulldog so honored Monday when he was named to The Associated Press All-America First Team.

Dan Dickau was Gonzaga's inaugual first-team selection in 2002 and Adam Morrison received the accolcade in 2006. Frank Burgess, 1961, and Blake Stepp in 2004 earned second-team AP honors for the Bulldogs.

Creighton University Doug McDermott is an All-America for the second straight year while Trey Burke the University of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown University tied as the leading vote-getters for The Associated Press' first team. Victor Oladipo of Indiana University rounds out the first team.

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.

Olynyk, a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, became an All-America with a junior season that saw the Bulldogs reach No. 1 for the first time in school history.

``Obviously you believe in yourself, but I didn't expect it to explode on the scene with this much attention,'' said Olynyk, who redshirted last season. ``My teammates and coaches believed in me and put me in a position to succeed.''

Burke, the dynamic point guard, and Porter, the smooth, solid forward, both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Oladipo, whose all-around play kept the Hoosiers in the No. 1 ranking longer than any other team this season, was third in the voting. McDermott, the efficient scorer, is the 51st repeat selection and the second in as many years following Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.

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