Gonzaga fans can breath a sigh of relief. Junior center Przemek Karnowski announced his decision to return for his senior season on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Karnowski averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and one block in 24.5 minutes for Gonzaga this season. His decision to stay secures Gonzaga’s front court, as Mark Few announced Domantas Sabonis’ decision to stay in early April.
Gonzaga could arguably have one of the best front courts in the nation next year. The duo of Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis combined for over 25% of Gonzaga’s points this season. With Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell, and Byron Wesley graduating, the two could have more opportunities to dominate down low.
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A lot of those opportunities depends on what Kyle Wiltjer decides to do. Several media outlets announced that he was considering forgoing his senior year. If Wiltjer decides to stay, Karnowski and Sabonis would likely not get as many offensive opportunities.
Whatever happens, Gonzaga fans have reason to celebrate. The Zags have long prided themselves with the quality of their front court, as it has been a huge part of their success. Karnowski has transformed himself immensely in his three years at Gonzaga. Sabonis has shown glimpses of greatness, especially at the end of this season. Gonzaga has the makings for another great season next year.
When the Zags play their final game in the Kennel next year, fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to Przem. He has done so much for this program, and it is only appropriate to see him play in a Gonzaga uniform for one last year.