Gonzaga received an expected, but long-awaited, commitment from 7′-0″ center Przemek Karnowski of Poland on Wednesday. He is considered one of the top European post prospects in his age group, and has played extensively in International competition. Karnowski’s recruitment came down to Cal and Gonzaga, before he elected to play for the Bulldogs.
Karnowski averaged 13 points per game in last summer’s FIBA U-19 Championship, and conservatively could be the equivalent of a top-50 national recruit in the 2012 class. At 19 years old, he is the age that many prep school prospects are upon entering college.
Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd has long been a top recruiter of international players, and Karnowski could follow that tradition. Gonzaga could still stand to add several prospects to their 2012 class, as Karnowski is the first recruit. Multiple sources are reporting that Karnowski is not expected to have problems with securing initial NCAA eligibility.