8.27.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kornowski Signs With European NBL Team Tuři Svitavy
Men's Basketball, 2013-08-27
Former Walsh Cavalier big man Kenny Kornowski is about to start his professional basketball career as he has signed on to play overseas with Tuři Svitavy. His team is a member of the National Basketball League, or Mattoni NBL, in the Czech Republic.
The Marshallville, Ohio native was an instrumental part of the Cavaliers’ success in their first season as a member of the GLIAC. Kornowski averaged 20.6 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game, and 57 percent from the field in 26 games this past season. Walsh finished with an 18-8 record overall and finished second in its first year in the GLIAC South Division with a 14-8 mark. He finished college with 1,289 career points. For his efforts, Kornowski was named a 2013 Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention, NABC Coaches’ Division II All-District Team Midwest Region, and All-GLIAC First Team selection for 2012-13.
Mattoni NBL is the top league in the Czech Republic and operates using FIBA rules. Tuři Svitavy will play a 45-game schedule this season that will go from early-October to mid-April. Preseason games will be played in Poland, Slovakia and Austria. At the end of the season, the top two teams will qualify for the Eurocup, a playoff with teams from various countries in Europe.
“I was contacted by four or five different agents, and I chose one around late-June,” said Kornowski about his process of signing with Tuři Svitavy. “I’ve just been working with them closely and looking at our different options. I had some options in Germany and Austria, but the team in the Czech Republic was just the best situation. It’s a highly ranked league, so you can move up after that. It’s also a young team. I have potential to go in and start right away.”
Not only is the team young, but Kornowski also mentioned that the head coach is 27 years old.
Kornowski has signed a one-year contract and will leave for Svitavy on Monday, Sept. 2. He will not be the only player from the United States on the team as former Wichita State guard David Kyles has also signed.
Svitavy is the capital and largest town in the Pardubice Region of the country. It has a population of approximately 18,000 and is located about 110 miles from Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic.