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After two years off, Nevada's Olek Czyz returns to action

Olek Czyz
Olek Czyz has signed with{ } Polish team. (Anwil Wloclawek)

After missing nearly two seasons following a pair of knee surgeries, former Nevada Wolf Pack standout Olek Czyz is returning to basketball.

The Reno High alum signed a deal Sunday with Polish team Anwil Wloclawek, the defending champions of the Polish Basketball League.

Czyz, a native of Poland who moved to Northern Nevada in his youth, was recently cleared by doctors to return to basketball.

"I cannot wait to play basketball again and it is still before the best audience in Poland," Czyz said in a press release issued by the team. "I have heard a lot about Anwil fans. I want to experience it in my own skin."

Czyz, 29, last played in the 2016-17 season for Italy's Pasta Reggia Caserta. He logged 14 games that season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, before the campaign wrapped up in January 2017. He trained with the Polish national team in the summer of 2017 before the knee issues forced him to the sideline.

"I decided that I had to bring my knees to good health, even if I was to devote another season," Czyz said. "So I went through two surgeries and all rehabilitation to be able to get back to basketball 100 percent today. After talking with trainer Igor Milicic, I felt that Anwil was the perfect place for me to return to the dance floor. The club is fighting for strong goals and I feel ready to help a strong team. I've been training really hard lately and I want to come back for a team fighting for the championship."

After his career at Reno High, Czyz signed to play with Duke, where he played 1.5 seasons before transferring to Nevada, where he was an All-WAC player. Professionally, Czyz has played in Italy, Poland and the NBA G League.

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