This could be just a preview of what is to come over the next couple of months. Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday, just one of several Bulldogs to take home honors.
That Olynyk came from nowhere to take this award is truly saying something. Here was a kid that redshirted to improve his game... and boy did he do just that. Now he is one of the front runners for a national All-American honor and possibly the Player of the Year in all of college basketball.
Guess he made the most of that year off.
Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos were also named to the all-conference team, a conglomeration of 10 players with representation from six of the nine WCC teams.
Here is the complete list of postseason awards for the league:
Player of the Year: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Hart, Gonzaga
Newcomer of the Year: Stacy Davis, Pepperdine
Coach of the Year: Mark Few, Gonzaga
Brandon Davies, BYU
Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's
Cole Dickerson, San Francisco
Kevin Foster, Santa Clara
Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Tyler Haws, BYU
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara
Honorable Mention: Christopher Anderson, San Diego; Jordan Baker, Pepperdine; Gary Bell, Gonzaga; Stacy Davis, Pepperdine; Johnny Dee, San Diego; Cody Doolin, San Francisco; Stephen Holt, St. Mary's; Lorne Jackson, Pepperdine; Ryan Nicholas, Portland.
Stacy Davis, Pepperdine
Tim Derksen, San Francisco
Avry Holmes, San Francisco
Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga
Jito Kok, San Diego