Olynyk declares for NBA Draft

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 12:07 AM

SPOKANE -- Gonzaga University forward Kelly Olynyk will skip his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.

After weeks of weighing his options, Olynyk broke the news to GU head coach Mark Few Thursday night.

"It's really challenging, probably one of the toughest decision I've made," Olynyk said. "It's tough to leave something that you're so engrained in. In the end it's something you've dreamed about since you were a little kid and it really excites you, so you got to go with your heart."

Olynyk, from British Columbia, helped the Bulldogs take a No. 1 seed in the West Region in the NCAA tournament this season. The team made it to the round of 32 before losing to Wichita State.

The seven-footer came back from a redshirt season to averages 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Olynyk was named WCC player of the year and a first team AP All American.

Olynyk is currently working on his master’s degree in business. He was named the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the year for men’s basketball this year. He was the first Bulldog to receive the honor.

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