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Przemek Karnowski named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award finalist

The award goes out to the best center in college hoops.

NCAA Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament-Gonzaga vs Saint Mary's Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Przemek Karnowski was name one of five finalists for the 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award on Friday, March 10. The award goes out to the top center in college basketball for the year.

We may be a bit biased on this site, but Karnowski has most definitely been one of the best centers in all of college hoops this season. If anything, he has one of the best stories in all of college hoops. Karnowski came back from season-ending back surgery last season to help lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs to a 32-1 record and a definitive qualification for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Karnowski is averaging 12.6 points (a career high) and 6.0 rebounds per game. Most importantly, his defense has been beyond rock solid. He owns a defensive rating of 85.8, the best mark of his career.

On top of all of that, Przemek Karnowski has a very good chance to end his college career as is already the winningest player in history. He currently owns 132 wins, and needs just two wins in the NCAA Tournament to push past Shane Battier’s record of 133. beating out Shane Battier’s record of 131.

Also of an important note, despite the West Coast Conference being apparently a trash conference, two of the five finalists hail from the WCC. Go figure? Maybe it isn’t as bad as everyone is talking about.

Here are the five finalists:

  • Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
  • Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga
  • Tim Kempton, Lehigh
  • Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
  • Ethan Happ, Wisconsin