March Madness 2013: Kelly Olynyk scores 26 but Gonzaga falls

Streeter Lecka

Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points in the team's defeat at the hands of Wichita State, but struggled from the field against a more physical opponent.

Kelly Olynyk and the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs were upset by the No. 9 Wichita State Shockers 76-70 in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Olynyk struggled with the physicality of Wichita State, but still found a way to impact the game. The center finished 8 of 20 from the field, but scored 26 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, including six on the offensive end. He also shot 10-14 from the charity stripe, contributing despite his struggles from the field.

Olynyk is considered one of the more offensively skilled big men in the NBA draft. The seven-footer used a redshirt seasons to improve his strength and his low-post game, allowing him to become a more versatile scorer. Olynyk is also a skilled shooter, as he can catch-and-shoot off screens and can shoot three three-point shot as the trailer on a break.

The center is older than most of the draft class, so he is ceiling is lower than some of his other big men. He also is an average rebounder and a below-average defender, but his a high-motor and is athletic enough to make some improvements.

Currently, Olynyk is currently slotted in the mid-first round of the draft, with some mock drafts projecting him to be selected late in the lottery.

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