View Full Version : Przemek is a steadying presence

02-24-2017, 03:50 PM
No player has won more games in a Gonzaga uniform than the fifth-year senior from Poland. He is 129-13 heading into Saturday's season finale against BYU.Karnowski is threatening former Duke player Shane Battier's Division I record of 133 career wins. That will require Gonzaga to win games in the West Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.
Shouldn't be a problem.

"Best center in the country, it's as simple as that," leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss said. "When you play him one-on-one, I don't think anyone in the country can guard him."

Certainly there are detractors who don't buy Gonzaga's gaudy record, who note the team plays in the relatively weak WCC."Yeah, people are going to talk," Karnowski said. "We are winning right now and they still talk bad. I don't really listen to that."
Karnowski acknowledged this season has exceeded his expectations.
"I didn't think we would be undefeated, to be honest," he said. "I'm happy I didn't walk last year."

NCAA (http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-02-24/college-basketball-przemek-karnowski-steadying-presence)

02-24-2017, 08:25 PM
NCAA (http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-02-24/college-basketball-przemek-karnowski-steadying-presence)

Yeah, he is "The Presence". What happens when The Presence is gone? It'll be OK I know, but it will never be the same.
They'll never be another Karno, not even close, just like they'll never be another Muhammad Ali. Both are truly one of a kind. Both, in their respective world's, are legends. Both stand tall, although Karno does have a few inches on Ali!

02-25-2017, 05:16 AM
SPOKANE, Wash. — When No. 1 Gonzaga tries to complete an undefeated regular season on Saturday, perhaps no player will be more valuable than center Przemek Karnowski.

The 7-foot-1, 300-pound senior is a nearly unstoppable force from close range. He is averaging 12.8 points per game, second on the team, and leads the West Coast Conference with a 68 percent shooting percentage in league play. He adds 5.8 rebounds and a couple of assists per game.

For Mt K's last game in the Kennel ..... It's going to be one heck of a game!


02-25-2017, 10:27 AM
John Blanchette: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/25/john-blanchette-przemek-karnowski-and-his-beard-ha/

“The attention for it was surprising at first, but it’s normal now,” he said. “It’s one of those funny things. When I was younger, I always wanted to have a beard. Then when it came to shaving, I thought, ‘I have to do this every second or third day?’ So this way it can be part of my personality and who I am.”

But it is not the only part of Przemek Karnowski that’s grown full.

The games are fun and the national attention is flattering, but the fulfilling part of Gonzaga basketball is bearing witness to the ontogenesis of its many personalities – which are not always as outsized as their physiques. This is not true in Karnowski’s case, however.

He is at once the biggest and the most accessible of Zags, and there is some tradition to that.

You only have to think of Ronny Turiaf, as multidimensional as his explosion of hair, or Robert Sacre, the Zags’ illustrated man, dog fancier and social commentator. Both cast great light and long shadows not easily replicated. In fact, it’s worth going back to the fall of 2012 when Karnowski arrived on campus to “replace” the graduated Sacre and re-examine the cautions of coach Mark Few.

“That’s a little unfair to say – ‘Przemek for Rob,’” he said. “They’re completely different players, but the whole entity of Rob will be impossible to replace – the personality, the energy, enthusiasm, leadership.”