Olynyk, Hart, Greinacher Named To WCC All-Academic Teams
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University men's basketball players Mike Hart and Kelly Olynyk were named to the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic squad while Bulldog women's basketball player Sunny Greinacher was named to the WCC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team announced Friday by WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.
Hart, a senior on the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, has played in all 29 games for the Bulldogs, getting the starting nod 14 times. The ultimate 'glue' player, Hart does just about everything for the Zags. He is third on the team in rebounds per game at 3.4 - and has grabbed 10 more offensive boards then defensive - and has only turned the ball over five times in 453 minutes of action and is shooting 61.3 percent from the field (19-of-31). He also has dished out 34 assists, made 23 steals and currently has a 6.80 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hart, a graduate student, holds a 3.70 GPA in business administration.
This is Hart's second year being named to the All-Academic squad. The native of Portland, Ore., was also an honorable mention WCC All-Academic in 2010-11.
Olynyk, a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, is averaging 17.7 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game and is a candidate for the 2013 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award and the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award. He scored a career-high 33 points this season at Santa Clara University and has hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds twice this season, including at Santa Clara for his lone double-double of the season. He is currently ranked second in the nation in field goal percent, hitting 66.0 percent of his shots.
Earlier this month, Olynyk was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America ® Division I Men's Basketball First Team becoming the first men's basketball player to earn the recognition since Dan Dickau in 2002.
The 7-0, 238-pound junior Olynyk graduate in December with a 3.53 GPA in accounting and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Gonzaga. He was the WCC Player of the Month for December and January.
Greinacher, a sophomore forward from Essen, Germany, has played and started in all 29 games for the Gonzaga women's basketball team. She is shooting a team-best 53.6 percent (120-224) from the floor, which also ranks second in the West Coast Conference. She is second on the squad in rebounds per game (5.0) and third in points per game (9.4). Greinacher, who was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team a season ago, has also dished out 27 assists, made 23 steals and blocked 15 shots. Greinacher holds a 3.33 GPA in psychology.
The 2012-13 West Coast Conference All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athletes. At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.
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