Hinsdale South senior Stefan Kaplarevic grew up following the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
“My dad was born in Serbia, so when I was little I used to watch [Serbian NBA players] Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac,” Kaplarevic said. “Shooting the 3 was big for Peja and Vlade always played sound defense against other guys, no matter what size they were.”
Kaplarevic modeled his game after his NBA heroes while playing in the Burr Ridge Park District from third grade until eighth grade. His defensive prowess is a big reason why the 6-foot-2 guard is starting for the Hornets this season.
“He’s our No. 1 defensive guy,” first-year Hinsdale South coach Brett Moore said. “He’s guarding the other team’s best defensive player every night. It’s hard to take him off the court because he makes us a lot better defensively.”