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Angelo Roncalli
05-02-2012, 04:20 PM
More info...


May 2, 2012 4:26 p.m. • 0 comments
It's been a day filled with phone calls, e-mails, texts, etc., trying to gather more information on Przemek Karnowski, who committed to Gonzaga on Wednesday. I was fortunate to exchange emails with the 7-foot-1 center from Poland.

Karnowski is the main item in a Gonzaga notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R. GU assistant Ray Giacoletti will interview for the Illinois State job on Thursday and the Zags are working on an agreement to face Kansas State in the Battle in Seattle this winter with the two teams meeting the following season in Kansas City or Wichita.

A couple of additional items on Karnowski. He signed his email Przemyslaw Karnowski. I'm told that Przemek and Przemyslaw is along the lines of, in my case, Jim and James. The 'P' in Przemek is almost silent so it's roughly pronounced — and don't hold me to this! — “Shemick”. He was coached early on by his father, who stands 6-2.

Karnowski is still completing some paperwork, but an official announcement from Gonzaga could come as early as tomorrow. He also has some academic work to finish up, but no problems are anticipated.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2012/may/02/more-karnowski/

gamagin
05-02-2012, 06:04 PM
kstyles came up with this last month:

How to pronounce Przemek Kaszubski:

http://www.staff.amu.edu.pl/~przemka/pronunc.html

Audio Here: http://www.forvo.com/word/przemek/

SO the question remains should it be: sheh MECK, or SHEH meck ?

NotoriousZ
05-02-2012, 06:08 PM
And my day just got even better because I was thinking he was 7'0".

7'1" AWWWW YEEAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

Angelo Roncalli
05-02-2012, 06:16 PM
Bud chimes in:


Item: Gonzaga gets a commitment from 7-1, 280-pound Polish center Przemek Karnowski. He is a lefty, and considered fairly skilled down low. He averaged 10.1 points in Poland's top pro league last season.

Comment: It looks like a big-time get for the Zags, if for no other reason than the recruiting competition: Duke, Kansas, Marquette and California. He came down to Cal and Gonzaga.

It eases the sting of forward Ryan Spangler's transfer back to Oklahoma, and gives more credence to the notion that Gonzaga will be a pretty significant player nationally next year. It gives the Zags a four-man rotation of big men -- Elias Harris, Sam Dower, Kelly Olynyk (coming off a redshirt year) and Karnowski.

Word is, Gonzaga coach Mark Few was initially skeptical of Karnowski's footwork, but after a trip to Europe, came away impressed. The kid needs more strength, but like a lot of Euros, can step away from the basket and hit a perimeter shot, something Few prizes. All four of those bigs can do that.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pac12confidential/2018127222_etc_etc_the_wac_mess_seattle_u_and_idah o_zags_land_a_big_man_pac.html

CDC84
05-02-2012, 06:41 PM
“I want to help the team with my low-post game and also I really like to pass from the post to the weak side for the 3-pointer,” Karnowski wrote in an email. “I want to work on improving my body, that’s my main goal for next year. I also want to work on my right hand and my defense.”

The kid seems to have a clear idea of what his weaknesses are and what he wants to do to improve.

I keep saying this, but Pangos and GBJ are going to love how Karno "really like to pass from the post to the weak side for the 3-pointer." None of GU's bigs could do this last season. None of them.

NotoriousZ
05-02-2012, 06:45 PM
The kid seems to have a clear idea of what his weaknesses are and what he wants to do to improve.

I keep saying this, but Pangos and GBJ are going to love how Karno "really like to pass from the post to the weak side for the 3-pointer." None of GU's bigs could do this last season. None of them.

That's worth saying again.