Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk headed to NBA
Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk made a significant jump after sitting out last season. The big Canadian improved himself enough to decide to leave early for the NBA.
The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., broke the news that the 7-foot Canadian, who redshirted a year ago, will bypass his final season and declare for the NBA. Olynyk averaged just 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds as a sophomore, but made a significant jump and put up 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the 32-3 Bulldogs this season.
Olynyk was a First Team All-American on many postseason lists, and made the NCAA's Consensus First Team. Gonzaga was eliminated as a No. 1 seed in the Round of 32 this past NCAA tournament, falling to eventual Final Four participant, No. 9 Wichita State.
Several NBA executives told CBSSports.com that Olynyk is a first-rounder and could go in the lottery in June's NBA Draft. Gonzaga has put out four first-round draft picks in its history, John Stockton (1984) the most notable of all.
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