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Przemek Karnowski Injury: Gonzaga center to undergo season-ending back surgery

Terrible news for the Polish big man.

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Senior Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski will undergo season-ending back surgery, Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review reported on Thursday.

Karnowski hasn't played since Nov. 27 against UConn after suffering what was reported as a bulging disc in his back. On the season, Karnowski was averaging 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, which might not seem like much. But his defense was stellar, and he was a big piece of why everyone was saying the Zags have one of the best frontcourts in the season.

As each missing game passed, it seemed less and less likely Karnowski would return this year. He often times was reported to be on crutches and in visible pain, even when sitting courtside. Karnowski will definitely be eligible for a medical redshirt now, but there is no guarantee he will be back.

Back injuries are no joke. Back injuries requiring surgeries are even less of a joke. All we can wish right now is that Karnowski gets better as soon as he can.

More information as this story develops.