- HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors - http://www.hoopsworld.com -
Olynyk declares for draft after breakout year
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 19, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Gonzaga’s seven-foot center Kelly Olynyk has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, The Spokesman-Review (Wash.) reported Friday afternoon.
The redshirt junior averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this season. He also shot 63 percent from the field, helping to guide Gonzaga to a 32-3 record. Olynyk emerged as one of the nation’s premier players after sitting out for a season to develop as a basketball player. During his redshirt year, Olynyk worked on strength training, agility and balance.
He needed to improve in all those areas, particularly if he wanted playing time. Over his first two seasons with the ‘Zags, Olynyk averaged just 4.8 points and 12.9 minutes a game. He debated transferring, but instead decided to stay put and improve his body and game in Spokane.
“Kelly’s always had a belief that he was an NBA player,” Gonzaga strength and conditioning coach Travis Knight told USA TODAY Sports in January. “Early on, I think that was met with a lot of comments, basically, trying to help him see the picture clearly of where he really was. Really, you think you play like this guy? You think you’re going to be this guy?
“He had a belief that he could do it. He kept that goal in the front of his mind and didn’t let go of it. There are a lot of guys who say that but don’t, in their heart of hearts, believe it. But Kelly does, and we’re all starting to see it.”
Olynyk is projected to be a first-round pick in the June 27 NBA draft.… [For more on Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk declares for NBA draft after breakout year, click here.]
Article printed from HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors: http://www.hoopsworld.com
URL to article: http://www.hoopsworld.com/gonzagas-kelly-olynyk-declares-for-nba-draft-after-breakout-year
Copyright © 2013 HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
Part of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group.