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Boys basketball: Hinsdale South senior models game after NBA stars of youth

<p>Stefan Kaplarevic of Hinsdale South races down the floor after stealing the ball from Leyden as the Eagles' Domenic Aiello (12) tries to get defensive position. &nbsp;| Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media&nbsp;</p>

Stefan Kaplarevic of Hinsdale South races down the floor after stealing the ball from Leyden as the Eagles' Domenic Aiello (12) tries to get defensive position.  | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media 

Hinsdale South senior is earning more playing time because of his emphasis on defense, according to High School Cube News.

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.”

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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