Lehigh loses leading rebounder to transfer

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Lehigh junior center James Karnik has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The 6-9 junior averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on 57-percent shooting from the field.

Since entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal, Arkansas, Hawaii, Oregon State, Toledo, Tulane and Ball State have reached out.

He’ll have a mixture of mid-major and high major programs interested, and the level will play a small part in his decision.

“The level of play is a factor but for me I will definitely be looking for fit,” Karnik said. “One of the reasons I decided to back off Lehigh is because I’m looking for an opportunity to get a pro contract out of it. So going high major could be the best opportunity for me but not if I don’t get utilized.”

Karnik is a physical rebounder and most coaches have said that’s exactly the kind of trait that he could bring to any team. They also like his competitiveness, how he shoots the ball and can make plays off the drive.

It’s why some schools are going to be patiently waiting on graduate transfer to figure out his next destination.

He’s going to be patient throughout the process and will likely decide after he gets to take some visits.

“I don’t think I have to rush anything,” he said. “I definitely would prefer to go on visits.”

NCAA ban is through April 15th and there hasn’t been any word on if that will be lifted or expanded.

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