The Gonzaga Bulldogs play the ultimate brand of team ball, a fact which has oddsmakers making them a favorite for the 2017 Final Four. If there has to be a center of Gonzaga’s universe, it’s probably Nigel Williams-Goss, the junior guard who runs the show. But the Gonzaga show’s literal center is 7-footer Przemek Karnowski — and much of what Gonzaga does revolves around the big man from Poland.
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Listed at 304 pounds, Karnowski brings mass and gravity to the Gonzaga machine — so it’s a delight to point out that he’s from Torun in Poland, where Copernicus lived. Yes, Copernicus the mathematician and astronomer who courageously let people know that the earth, and the other planets, revolved around the sun — a concept called heliocentrism. Indeed, the sunny and imposing Karnowski even attended Nicolaus Copernicus high school, where he was undoubtedly the center of attention.