SPOKANE — Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk has been voted to the Associated Press All-America first team by a nationwide media panel.
Olynyk, a redshirt junior from Canada, is the third Zag to make the AP first team, joining Dan Dickau (2002) and Adam Morrison (2006).
Olynyk averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent from the field for the Zags (32-2), who reached No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in program history.
“Obviously you believe in yourself, but I didn’t expect it to explode on the scene with this much attention,” Olynyk said. “My teammates and coaches believed in me and put me in a position to succeed.”
Olynyk, the West Coast Conference player of the year, also made the 10-player John R. Wooden All-America team.
Sophomores Trey Burke, a Michigan guard, and Otto Porter Jr., a Georgetown forward, led the voting for the AP team announced Monday.
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo and Creighton forward Doug McDermott, both juniors, also made the first team. McDermott was a repeat selection.
USC hires Florida Gulf Coast’s Enfield
LOS ANGELES — USC hired Andy Enfield as coach Monday night.
Enfield, 43, took Florida Gulf Coast, a No. 15 seed, to the round of 16 last month in the NCAA tournament. The “Dunk City” Eagles beat second-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seeded San Diego State, both by 10 points.
“I am looking forward to bringing an exciting, up-tempo style of play to USC and building the men’s basketball brand into one that the fans and basketball community will enjoy and respect,” said Enfield, who was 41-28 in two seasons at the Fort Myers, Fla., school.
Enfield takes over from interim coach Bob Cantu, who had a 7-8 record after succeeding Kevin O’Neill, who was fired in January.
Smith to coach Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas — Tubby Smith, fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons, has agreed to terms to coach Texas Tech.
Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season.
Smith, 61, guided Kentucky to the NCAA championship in 1998 and was voted AP coach of the year in 2003. Smith is 511-226 (.693) in 22 seasons as a college coach.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware is up and walking, though he remains hospitalized after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg.
Ware was injured during Louisville’s 85-63 victory over Duke on Sunday.
During a two-hour surgery, doctors reset Ware’s broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone. Because the bone broke through the skin, doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops, coach Rick Pitino said.
If there are no complications, Ware might be released today.
The NCAA tournament’s TV ratings for regional semifinal and final games were up 13 percent from 2012. Games Thursday through Sunday on CBS and TBS averaged a 7.0 rating, compared with 6.2 last season.
Network officials said the tournament is averaging a 6.2 rating overall, the best at this stage since 2005.