After his sophomore season 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk faced a major decision. Should he stay at Gonzaga where he wasn’t earning many minutes or should he transfer? The coaches – who had to re-recruit him – pointed out that he’d half to sit out a year if he transferred, so why not sit out at Gonzaga?
So that’s what he did. He took a rare mid-career redshirt and reinvented himself. He bulked up, he did agility drills, he changed his diet. But even when this year began there was still uncertainty at the center position. Sam Dower could do it. Freshman Przemek Karnowski was a huge and talented body. And there was Olynyk.
It didn’t help that Olynyk had to sit out the first three games due to a violation of team code. He finally played in the Zags fourth game of the season, and he played well against Clemson. The same thing happened in the following game vs Oklahoma. It didn’t take long to show who had earned the minutes.
With Olynyk out, Karnowski averaged 18.7 minutes per ga...