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Athletics Directors Association Recognizes Williams-Goss, Karnowski as Scholar Athletes

Nigel Williams-Goss earned recognition on the Dean's List for Fall 2016. (Gonzaga photo by Edward Bell)

Nigel Williams-Goss. (Gonzaga photo by Edward Bell)

CLEVELAND – Nigel Williams-Goss was named the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Przemek Karnowski was selected to the Men’s Scholar Athlete Team. The 10 winners of the 15th Annual awards presented by ARMS Software on Tuesday.

Williams-Goss was named First Team Academic All-American with a 3.84 GPA. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology during the season and is working on his master’s degree in organizational leadership. This season, he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and led Gonzaga in scoring (16.8 points per game), assists (4.7 per game) and steals (1.7 per game). The redshirt junior also grabbed 6.0 rebounds per game.

Karnowski was named First Academic All-Conference with a 3.43 GPA. While working on his MBA, he averaged 12.2 points and shot 58.6 percent from the field. The redshirt senior pulled down 5.8 rebounds per game. He became the NCAA’s all-time leader in wins this season. Karnowski won 137 of the 152 games he played in while at GU. He was recently named to the Senior CLASS Award Team.

“Our association is thrilled with the high quality of this year’s group of women’s and men’s scholar-athlete award winners,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “Our basketball programs are the primary focus of I-AAA athletics and recognizing these scholar-athletes, the Scholar-Athletes of the Year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their outstanding accomplishments is very gratifying for our organization.”

“Student-athletes invest so much time and energy to stay ahead in their studies, while giving their best in competition,” said Troy Austin, president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association and athletics director at Longwood University. “It says a lot about a young person when they can perform at a high level in both areas. On behalf of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, I would like to congratulate the Scholar-Athletes of the Year and the postgraduate scholarship recipients for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. This deserving group of outstanding individuals exemplifies the student-athlete model.”

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