According to a tweet and a report from The Spokesman-Review, Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk has made the decision to enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft field.
Olynyk’s decision certainly shouldn’t come as much surprise given his ability and the season that he is coming off of. Olynyk has played his way into the lottery range of the NBA Draft after flirting with the potential of being consider for National Player of the Year.
Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk will bypass his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, The Spokesman-Review has learned.
— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) April 19, 2013
After not playing in a single game a year ago, Olynyk burst onto the scene during the 2012-13 season. Olynyk’s decision to forgo his final season at Gonzaga, presents a difficult blow to the Bulldogs’ potential next season, but it is a choice that was expected. According to NBADraft.net, Olynyk is projected to be selected with the No. 10 selection. DraftExpress.com lists Olynyk at No. 13 in their latest mock draft.
Olynyk put up average numbers during his first two seasons at Gonzaga, but he exploded in 2012-13 for 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Olynyk was the focal point for a Bulldogs’ squad that had its best season in school history, earning a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament.
Olynyk’s rise among the NBA Draft boards circulated because of his production this past season. He certainly has the ability to be an impact performer at the next level, but he must prove that his improvements can continue in the professional ranks.
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