Olynyk Named To Associated Press All-America Team
NEW YORK (AP) - Gonzaga University center Kelly Olynyk became the third Bulldog so honored Monday when he was named to The Associated Press All-Americ 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.
(Statistics Through Games of March 17)
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, 190, sophomore, Columbus, Ohio, 19.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.7 apg, 40.1 3-pt fg pct, 1.6 steals, 35.2 minutes (62 first-team votes, 319 total points)
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, 205, sophomore, Morley, Mo., 16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 42.7 3 pt-fg pct, 1.9 steals, 35.3 minutes (62, 319)
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, 214, junior, Upper Marlboro, Md., 13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 59.9 fg pct, 44.3 3-pt fg pct, 2.2 steals (58, 306)
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, junior, Ames, Iowa, 23.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 56.1 fg pct, 49.7 3-pt fg pct, 86.0 ft pct (44, 279)
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, 238, junior, Kamloops, British Columbia, 17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 65.2 fg pct (47, 278)
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, freshman, Flower Mound, Texas, 15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.9 steals (11, 190)
Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, 240, sophomore, Washington, Ind., 16.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 57.3 fg pct, 1.3 blocks (7, 178)
Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, 235, senior, Warsaw, Ind., 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 59.2 fg pct, 1.5 blocks (9, 164)
Shane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, 176, sophomore, Orlando, Fla., 14.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 40.1 3-pt fg pct, 2.0 steals, 36.3 minutes (5, 152)
Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 195, freshman, St. Louis, 16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 50.7 fg pct, 43.7 3-pt fg pct, 86.7 ft pct (5, 146)
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, 215, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind., 19.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 83.6 ft pct, 35.3 minutes (3, 122)
Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, senior, San Diego, 13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 57.8 fg pct, 3.8 blocks (5, 114)
Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, junior, Brooklyn, N.Y., 18.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 steals (2, 80)
Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 185, senior, Winchester, Va., 25.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 36.4 minutes (1, 46)
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4, 190, senior, St. Cloud, Minn., 22.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.7 steals, 37.9 minutes (0, 36)
Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State.
Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida (1 first-team vote); Mike Muscala, Bucknell.
Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville (1); Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple.
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