Gonzaga freshman Przemek Karnowski: Photo courtesy of nab-draft.com
One of the most exciting parts of this year’s Kraziness in the Kennel was the ability to see Polish center Przemek Karnowski in action for the first time.
Fans that expected him to utterly dominate the scrimmage were disappointed. More reasonable fans could walk away with only good things to say.
Karnowski scored a couple buckets, but he in no way won the positional battle against Sam Dower. He looked confused at times, and his rebounding game clearly needs some work.
Karnowski did show some of his impressive skill set, though.
He and Kevin Pangos have clearly built a good relationship. They worked the pick and role to a great effect. There were two instances when Karnowski showed great hands to catch a pass from Pangos and excellent awareness to put the ball up and off the glass immediately.
Karnowski also proved that you cannot teach big. He is an absolute beast out there. While Dower won the scoring battle, Karnowski was obviously the physical victor between the two. When he was fighting for position, he got it.
Gonzaga’s new freshman center will only improve with more practice. The majority of his problems are normal for players of his age. They are even more common for players adjusting to the American style of play.
Karnowski may be raw, but he clearly has unimaginable potential for greatness as a Zag.