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Przemek Karnowski signs with MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish League

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Gonzaga’s favorite Polish center returns to Europe.

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After flirting in the NBA Summer League with some great games, Gonzaga’s alum Przemek Karnowski has inked a deal with B.C. Andora, also known as MoraBanc Andorra, in the Liga ACB in Spain.

Liga ACB is the top league in Spain, and one of the top leagues in the world. MoraBanc Andorra finished with eighth in the table last season, good enough to qualify for the playoffs.

Karnowski figures to make an impact immediately on the team. He is the largest player by a long shot, and his devotion to the European style of play will help him excel in Europe (obviously).

Karnowski exits Gonzaga as one of the most beloved players to ever don a Bulldogs uniform. He was the 2017 winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, awarded to the top center in college basketball. He led the Zags to the NCAA Tournament championship game, and he exited the school as the all-time winningest Zag in forever and ever.

On top of that, he is a class act of a human being, who fought like hell to overcome a potential career-ending back injury his junior year for his senior year swan song, and what a song it was. If there was ever a player that deserved to have a successful and long career, it would be Karnowski.

Europe always seemed a likely destination for the big man. Although Karnowski excelled with his minutes during the NBA Summer League, the NBA overall has transitioned to more of a positionless style of play, especially with post players. Karnowski plays basketball with an ode to the 90s, and it would be hard to find him consistent playing time on a winning team in the NBA.

Congratulations Shem. We look forward to reading about your European rampaging exploits in the future.