Gonzaga officially announces Karnowski signing

Zags Renew Rivalry With UW

Przemek Karnowski (Puh-shemick Car-now-ski), a 7-1, 280-pound Polish center, has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Gonzaga University men’s basketball team this fall, Bulldog head coach Mark Few announced Monday.

“We are excited to add Przemek to the Gonzaga basketball family. He’s a player we have targeted for the past two seasons,” Few said. “His combination of size and skill will allow him to contribute to our team next year. He is an individual of exceptional character and will fit well into the Zags mold.”

Born in Bydgoszcz (Bid-ghost), Poland, he was raised in Torun, Poland, where he played for his father, Bonifacy, who was the head coach of the squad.

Karnowksi is an experienced player on the Polish Junior National team and is a veteran of several European championship tournaments.

Most recently he played in the 2011 U18 European Championship in Wroclaw, Poland, where he was named to the All-Star Game and scored a game-high 13 points while earning MVP honors. He averaged 11.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.8 blocks/game. He scored 21 points in the opening game against Slovakia, one of his five double-digits games. He had a pair of double-doubles – 17 points and 11 rebounds against Croatia and 14 points and 10 boards against Italy.

Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd first saw Karnowski at the 2010 U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, where Lloyd was watching current Bulldog and Canadian Junior National Team member Kevin Pangos who was getting ready to enter his senior year of high school.

Karnowski averaged 14.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in that tournament. He scored in double-digits in seven of the eight games. Foul trouble limited his minutes in the Gold Medal game against USA and he ended with three points. He had two 20-point games with 24 against Germany and 20 against Spain to go with 12 rebounds for one of his five double-digit outings as Poland finished 7-1 with the title-game loss to USA. He went 12-for-16 from the field against Germany and 7-for-8 against Spain. For the tournament he shot 53.1 percent from the field on 43-of-81.

In the match-up with Pangos and Canada, Poland took a 75-70 victory. Karnowski scored 14 points and hauled in 10 rebounds while Pangos scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 6 assists. Karnowski and Pangos were both named to the All-Tournament Five for the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship. Karnowski was named the best center in the competition while Pangos was tabbed the top point guard.

Among his other FIBA appearances are the 2008 U16 European Championship, the 2009 U16 European Championship, the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.

He had an outstanding FIBA U19 World Championship, averaging 13.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 1.6 blocks/game. He scored 29 points against Croatia on an 11-for-18 night from the field and 23 against Russia while going 9-for-12 from the field. He had a tournament-high 9 rebounds against both Argentina and Croatia.

This past season Karnowski played for Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg team in the PLK, Poland’s top league, and averaged 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and shot 54 percent from the floor.