LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has announced the addition of Jakub “Kuba” Karwowski, a 7-foot-2, 230-pound center from North Platte Community College in North Platte, Neb. Karwowski will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Karwowski appeared in 55 games for the Knights, starting in 42 over the course of two years. As a freshman, Karwowski scored in double figures in 12 games, including a season-high 20 points against Northwest Kansas Tech, while also adding a season-high 13 rebounds. The double-double was one of six for Karwowski during his inaugural year, as he pulled down five or more rebounds in 16 games. Karwowski was also a force defensively, logging a team-best 53 blocks and recording multiple blocks in 14 games, including a season-high eight against McCook. Overall on the year, Karwowski averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per games.
During the 2018-19 season, Karwowski led the Knights to a 24-5 record and to a Region IX South Division title, averaging a near-double-double of 9.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Karwowski scored in double figures in 15 games, including a career-high 21 points against Eastern Wyoming. Karwowski used a career-high 22 rebound effort against Southeast to tally one of seven double-doubles during the year, pulling down double-digit rebounds in 12 games during the year and five or more rebounds in 21 of his 27 games. Karwowski paced the Knights in blocks for a second consecutive year, finishing with 66 and swatting a season-high six against McCook and logging multiple blocks in 19 games.
Karwowski was third in the NJCAA last year, shooting 70.6 percent (108-of-153) from the floor, and although not shooting many 3-point shots, Karwowski connected on 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from behind the arc. The Warsaw, Poland native also earned first-team all-Region IX honors following his sophomore campaign.
“We are thrilled to have Kuba joining the Aggie family,” Smith said. “Kuba has great size and athleticism at a legitimate 7’2. He works very hard, has very good feel for the game and has a true passion for the game. He fits the culture of our program and will excel at Utah State.”