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Layer Announces Jorch and Karwowski to Attend Liberty

November 14, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Robin Jorch (left) and Jakub Karwowski (right)

Robin Jorch (left) and Jakub Karwowski (right)

Head Liberty Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer has announced the plans of Robin Jorch and Jakub Karwowski to attend Liberty University.

Jorch (F, 6-9, 235, Berlin, Germany) will make his way to the Hill City after training at the International Berlin Basketball Academy as member of RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf, where he was the second leading scorer (12.0 ppg) and rebounder (5.3 rpg). Jorch spent four years with the German National Team, playing in various European Championships held in Montenegro, Poland, Lithuania and Greece. A NBBL U19 All-Star selection, Jorch was also a member of the German Youth Championship team.

During the FIBA European Championships this past summer, against the top 20 countries in Europe, Jorch lead his team in minutes played and was the second leading scorer (9.1 ppg) on a team that included Virginia Tech redshirt freshman guard Malik Muller and Utah sophomore guard Kenneth Ogbe. Jorch also concluded the tournament shooting 35.0 percent from the three-point line, ranking in the top 20 in the event. In Germany's two games against Russia, Jorch matched up against the team's 7-2 center. The forward went 4-6 from downtown, 11-17 overall from the field and posted a tournament-highs of 14 and 15 points, respectively, while also grabbing eight rebounds.

"Robin is a versatile, tough inside player, with great experience against high-quality international competition," Layer stated.  "His size and skill set, will allow him to be an impact player for our program. We are thrilled to add a player and person of Robin's quality. He will contribute to our program in many ways."

Karwowski (F, 6-11, 200, Kanie, Poland) comes to Liberty with a similar background as current Flames senior forward and captain Tomasz Gielo, who also attend SMS Cetniewo Sports Academy in Poland. The Sports Academy, coached by Marcin Klozinski, regularly attracts the top Polish players, where only the elite in the country are invited to attend the exclusive academy. He is currently under consideration to make the U20 team for next summer.

Standing tall at 6-11, Karwowski is not your average big man, as he possesses unique ball handling and shooting abilities for his size.

Karwowski comes from a basketball family, with his father Leszek having played professionally in Poland for 20 years.

"Jakub is long (7-2 wingspan), skilled and has a terrific upside," Layer said. "We have had great success with Tomasz Gielo from Poland and are thrilled that Jakub will be continuing that pipeline. The player development program at the SMS Cetniewo Sports Academy is tremendous and will help Jakub just like it did Tomasz. At 6-11, he can shoot it, face the basket and run the floor, which will allow him to play multiple positions and fit into our system. This is a great sign for our future."