(born June 13, 1979, in Sarajevo
, Bosnia and Herzegovina
) is a Bosnian professional basketball
player. Krupalija played at the University of Illinois
in the US from 1998 to 2002. Currently, he is a member of French's Hyères-Toulon Var Basket
Krupalija fled his war-torn country in 1992, living in the Czech Republic
for three years before coming to the United States
in 1995. His parents, Sead and Zora Krupalija, joined him a year later.
After arriving in the United States
, Krupalija attended Boylan Catholic High School
in Rockford, Illinois
, where he led the Titan basketball team to a fourth place finish in the 1997 Illinois state tournament. In 1998, he was named an all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune
and Associated Press
. He was also named to the 1996 and 1997 State Farm Holiday Classic All-Tournament teams, and in 2003 was named to the Holiday Classic All-Quarter Century Team voted on by the fans.
After graduating from high school, Krupalija played basketball for the University of Illinois
. Although his career at Illinois was often hampered by injuries, the 6'9" forward was well regarded for his rebounding ability and fiery attitude on the court. In his senior year (2001–2002), Krupalija, coming off the bench, was named as the Most Valuable Player at the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament.
In 2002, Krupalija moved to Poland
, where he played forward for Anwil Wloclawek
and won... Read More