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Impact player: Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski

Red Team center Przemek Karnowski (24) backs into the key as Blue Team's Nigel Williams-Goss defends during the Kraziness in the Kennel scrimmage at Gonzaga University, Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Red Team center Przemek Karnowski (24) backs into the key as Blue Team's Nigel Williams-Goss defends during the Kraziness in the Kennel scrimmage at Gonzaga University, Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Przemek Karnowski, Sr., Center

Karnowski is still returning to form from back surgery but he’s made considerable progress. Nobody on roster knows Gonzaga’s system as well as the 7-foot-1, 300-pound center. His post-up ability puts foul pressure on opposing front lines. He’s a capable scorer on the low block. He stretches the floor for teammates when double-teamed, which is often. He’s a willing passer not afraid to throw no-look or behind-the-back (twice vs. UCLA in 2015 NCAA Tournament).

The big man helps teammates by being able to defend centers one-on-one while providing rim protection. He usually avoids foul trouble, which was a problem earlier in his career.


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