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Then and Now photos: Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk was described by this newspaper in 2009 as “a versatile Canadian capable of playing several positions.” It was but one line in a look ahead to the 2009-10 team after a successful run to the Sweet Sixteen that year. Fast forward to 2012. Olynyk, who returned from a redshirt year, has added 30-plus pounds and a couple inches to his now-7-foot frame. He’s stronger and can jump higher. He’s the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a candidate for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award. Olynyk is the Zags’ leading scorer with an average of 17.5 points per game, and is second on the team in rebounding. “I didn’t think he was very good,” St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett said in January of pre-2012 Olynyk. Gonzaga’s 83-78 victory over the Gaels persuaded him otherwise. Bennett said after the defeat: “He’s improved more than anybody in college basketball.”

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The basketball court at the McCarthey Athletic Center is photographed before an NCAA college basketball game between Gonzaga and BYU, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) (Young Kwak / AP Photo)

While we look ahead to future seasons of Gonzaga Bulldog basketball , it’s fun to look at highlights from past years.