2000-01 (Junior): Had his knee scoped prior to the open of practice (Oct. 13) and missed eight games prior to the start of conference play…Played in five non-conference games, coming off the bench to play 18 minutes, make all five field-goal attempts on his way to 13 points and grab five rebounds against then-No. 1 Arizona in the Maui Invitational championship game …Averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds during Big Ten Conference play…Averaging 6.5 points and 5.7 rebounds off the bench over the last twelve games…Posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds in win over Northwestern (2/3)… Scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in home finale against Iowa (2/24)…Had nine points and seven rebounds in Big Ten Tournament win over Purdue…Had 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 17 minutes of play during NCAA Tournament win over Northwestern State ... Had seven points and seven boards in win over Kansas (3/23) ... Had seven points and five boards in season-ending loss to Arizona (3/25).
Battled injuries during his sophomore season, missing five games - Kansas State (12/11), Bethune-Cookman (12/28), Loyola-Chicago (12/30), Ohio State (1/6) and Wisconsin (1/8) with a sprained toe…Averaged 13.8 minutes, 4.0 points, and 4.1 rebounds per game as a reserve power forward ... Shot 58 percent from the field (43-of-74) during the regular season…Led the team in rebounds four times during the season…Had a team high six rebounds against Western Illinois (11/19), while scoring six points in 19 minutes…Had a team-high eight boards vs. Bradley (11/22), to go along with nine points and two assists…Had six rebounds against Minnesota (2/17) and two points in 14 minutes…Played a season-high 24 minutes at Michigan (1/16), scoring a season-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting…Matched his season high with 10 points in home victories over Michigan (2/9) and Indiana (2/22)…Scored seven points with seven rebounds and three steals vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tourney opener (3/10)… Scored nine points with a season-high 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists a day later in semifinal victory over Penn St. (3/11).
After originally planning to redshirt, Krupalija played in his first Illini game Dec. 5 against Bradley. He scored two points and had two rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes of action against the Braves…Aggressive on the boards, he averaged 10.0 rpg in consecutive games against Kansas, Missouri, Clemson and Indiana…He grabbed 11 rebounds in the win against Clemson, and a season-high 16 against Indiana (1/3)…Got his first collegiate start against Iowa (1/7)…Got back on the boards with nine rebounds against Michigan State (1/16), after having a total of four in the three previous games…Logged his first of three double figure scoring games with 10 points at Minnesota (2/3). He also had six rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Gophers…Following that game, he was back in the starting lineup and started the remaining 10 games of the year…Led Illinois with 18 points against Iowa (2/21). Against the Hawkeyes he was 7-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point range, 2-for-2 from the line, had nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block…Scored a season-high 19 points in the final regular-season game against Indiana (2/24). Logged his first career double-double collecting 12 rebounds against the Hoosiers…Grabbed 10 boards in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game against Indiana (3/5) giving him double figures on the boards in all three games against Indiana this year (average of 12.7 rpg)…Averaged 4.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in four Big Ten Tournament games …Led the Illini with 8.6 rpg in seven contests down under in Australia; also averaged 10.9 ppg…His 67.4 percentage (31-of-46) from the field led the team on the Australian tour.
An all-state selection in 1998 by the News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune and Associated Press…Averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 1998…Played for Steve Goers at Rockford Boylan and led the Titans to conference championships in 1996-98…Led Rockford Boylan to a 31-4 record and fourth place finish at the state tournament in 1997…Led the Titans to the super-sectionals in 1996 and 1998…Led all players in the IBCA all-star game with 11 rebounds, also had four points, four assists and two steals in helping lead the North team to a 111-79 victory over the South all-stars…Averaged 17 points, and 10 rebounds as a junior…In the 1997 state tournament Damir averaged 11.3 points and six rebounds…Posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds in Boylan’s 60-55 semi-final loss to Aurora West in 1997.
Born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, which is now Bosnia and Herzegovina…Fled his war-torn country in 1992 and lived in the Czech Republic for three years before coming to the United States in 1995…His parents joined him in 1995…Son of Sead and Zora Krupalija… Has a younger sister Jasna, who is a freshman at Illinois…He was an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society…His favorite athlete is Tony Kukoc because, “He is a big man playing the guard position.”…He lists his grandfather as the person who has most influenced his athletic career because, “he got me started running track and field when I was younger.”…Majoring in business administration.
KRUPALIJA’S CAREER STATISTICS...
Year G-GS MIN-Avg FGM-FGA/ FG% 3PM-3PA/ 3P% FTM-FTA/ FT% OR-DR --TOT/Avg. PF-DQ A TO B S PTS/Avg. 98-99 24-12 451-18.8 35-73 /.479 6-18 /.333 34-53 /.642 51-81 --132/5.5 54-2 25 40 13 15 110/4.6 99-00 27-0 373-13.8 43-74 /.581 5-18 /.278 16-31 /.516 39-73 --112/4.1 51-1 28 24 6 20 107/4.0 00-01 27-0 280-10.4 43-72 /.597 7-15 /.467 36-53 /.679 34-71 --105/3.9 43-2 18 24 4 16 129/4.8 Totals 78-12 1104-14.2 121-219/.553 18-51 /.353 86-137/.628 124-225--349/4.5 148-5 71 88 23 51 346/4.4