Not that Gonzaga was giving it a lot of thought in the late hours Saturday night, but the Zags, 76-70 losers to Wichita State, are likely to face some retooling next year.
SALT LAKE CITY — Not that Gonzaga was giving it a lot of thought in the late hours Saturday night, but the Zags, 76-70 losers to Wichita State, are likely to face some retooling next year.
The biggest question mark revolves around junior center Kelly Olynyk, who had a monster breakout season and may enter the NBA draft a year early.
“I have no clue,” said Olynyk, sitting in the locker room with an ice bag on his knee. “I haven’t thought about it at all. It’s been 30 minutes since I walked off the floor.
“That stuff will come in time. If I’m back, I’m back, and we’ll look to have a better season next year.”
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Olynyk’s father, Ken, told The Times in January that if an NBA team would “guarantee” that his son would be picked in the NBA top 15, “then we’d have to have a conversation.”
Most NBA mock drafts have Olynyk going slightly later, around the 18-20 mark or later. He’s projected as a so-called “stretch four,” a forward who can step out and shoot from outside.
Zags lose Bell
After a season that was mostly injury-free, Gonzaga lost sophomore guard Gary Bell Jr. to what was called a foot injury in the opening minutes of the second half. He played 21 minutes and went scoreless, looking on disconsolately from the bench.
“He came in at halftime and said his foot was bothering him,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. “We thought he kind of tweaked his ankle and he went out and tried the first minutes of the second half and he just couldn’t go.”
• Wichita State made more three-point shots (14) than two-point goals (11). This, after the Shockers went 2 for 20 against Pittsburgh in Thursday’s second-round win.
• Mike Hart’s 14 rebounds blew away his career high, and helped the Zags to a 39-30 rebounding edge over the Shockers, who were No. 7 nationally in board margin. But Gonzaga shot only 35.6 percent to Wichita State’s 50.
• Bench points favored the Shockers by a huge 34-7 margin.