BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Sweden's Chris Czerapowicz is set for his first NCAA Tournament|
There wasn't much hoopla around Chris Czerapowicz last summer when he played for Sweden at the U20 European Championship.
One person not on the bench or with the Swedish Basketball Federation who was watching his every move, however, was Davidson College coach Bob McKillop, who made the journey to Bilbao, Spain, to watch his rising sophomore play.
Czerapowicz didn't disappoint, averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds as the Swedes clinched a ninth-place finish in the 16-team tournament.
The small forward was particularly effective against France, Montenegro and Greece as he averaged 21.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in those games.
Back in American college basketball, McKillop put Czerapowicz into his starting line-up late in this regular season, with the Swede able to knock down three-pointers and also put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.
Davidson now has three major weapons to throw at opponents, with Israel under-20 international Jake Cohen, local hero De'Mon Brooks and Czerapowicz.
"The willingness to take (tough shots), I think, is a real statement about the tough mindedness he has," McKillop said.
Czerapowicz will on Thursday play in one of the most important games of his young career when he runs onto the court to face Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals will be favorites in that game but Davidson have proved in the past to be dangerous during the month of March.
"It's going to be fun," Czerapowicz said.