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Przemek Karnowski Joins Staff as Graduate Assistant

Przemek Karnowski Joins Staff as Graduate Assistant


TUCSON, Ariz. โ€“ The NCAA’s all-time leader in wins, Przemek Karnowski, has joined the Arizona men’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant, UA head coach Tommy Lloyd announced. Karnowski played five seasons at Gonzaga University, from 2012-17, while Lloyd was an assistant coach with the Zags.
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Przemek Karnowski (pronounced ‘SHEM-ick CAR-now-SKI’) is going to be a GA with us,” Lloyd said. “When Ryan Anderson left to join the staff at Xavier, we didn’t replace him. There’s a ton of value in having a big man GA and there are not a lot of them out there. But obviously ‘Shem’ and I have a special relationship and a long history. Unfortunately, his body isn’t letting him play the game, he’s a heck of a player and he’s young. He and I talked over the summer and fortunately it’s worked out now so I’m excited about it.”
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While he had to overcome injuries during his career at Gonzaga, the Zags were 137-15 in games that he played, the most wins of any NCAA Division I player college basketball history. In 2017, Karnowski was named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award winner after leading Gonzaga to a 37-2 record and an appearance in the national title game against North Carolina.
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For his career, Karnowski averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and shot 59.5% from the field. His 1,495 career points scored rank 15th in Gonzaga history while his 152 blocks are second and his career field goal percentage is sixth.
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The native of Torun, Poland, Karnowski has experience playing with the Polish national team dating back to 2013 Eurobasket in Slovenia. Following his career at Gonzaga, he played professionally for Andorra in Spain, Twarde Pierniki Torun and Stelmet Zielona Gora of the Polish Basketball League, the highest league in Poland.
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Karnowski earned his undergraduate degree in from Gonzaga in 2016 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marketing at Arizona.
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