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Future Zag Olynyk leads team Canada to junior title

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Kelly Olynyk signed a letter of intent to play at Gonzaga last spring (Photo: HoopstarsCanada.com) Kelly Olynyk signed a letter of intent to play at Gonzaga last spring (Photo: HoopstarsCanada.com)

Call it a good omen for Gonzaga, perhaps.  Kelly Olynyk, a British Columbia native who's committed to play for the Zags next year, was named the MVP at the Douai World Junior Basketball Tournament in France last week.

Olynyk, who signed a letter of intent with Gonzaga last spring, helped Canada to the title as teams prepare for the U19 FIBA World Championships in July. Teams included those from Canada, Puerto Rico, France, Lithuania and Australia.  A team from the United States also participated (USA 2K Sports), but none of the American players will be on the USA team that competes in Aukland.

Olynyk, a graduate of South Kamloops High in British Columbia, scored 17 points in Canada's 86-78 win over Lithuania for the title.  He shot 8-of-18 and grabbed 7 rebounds.  The 6-10, 215 pound forward/guard also had 15 points in Canada's 77-76 win over Puerto Rico, and 16 points in his team's loss to Australia.  He scored 21 points in the opening round against France.  

Puerto Rico finished second in the tournament to Canada, followed by France, USA 2K Sports, Lithuania and Australia.

Incoming Gonzaga freshman Mangisto Arop, from Alberta, was also a member of the Canadian U19 team, but did not play in the Douai tournament because of an ankle injury.
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