HARRISONBURG, Va., April 20, 2012 - James Madison men's basketball added a fourth member to its incoming class for the 2012-13 season as head coach Matt Brady announced Friday the signing of forward Dimitrije Cabarkapa, a native of Novi Sad, Serbia.
A 6-foot 10-inch and 230-pound forward, Cabarkapa has competed for head coach Dragan Lukovski and the Vojvodina Sport Key junior amateur club program in Serbia. He averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game with the club.
"We're really thankful that Dimitrije has signed to come to our program," commented Brady upon the signing. "We think he has a chance to be a really good basketball player. He's young at basketball in some regards as he's only played four years. He's almost 6-10 and has the ability to play small forward. He's light on his feet for his 230-pound frame. We were really attracted to Dimitrije for his zest and eagerness to be a really good player. We're excited about everything that he's going to bring to JMU."
A highly-accomplished academic student, Cabarkapa attended High Medical School in Novi Sad and earned the highest academic honor in the country of Serbia with a perfect GPA for all subjects in the ninth through 12 grades. Due to his combined academic and athletic profile, he became the first student in his school's history to complete a four-year accelerated learning program in three years. He plans to major in health science at JMU.
Dimitrije is the first cousin of former NBA player Zarko Cabarkapa, who played three seasons from 2003 to 2006 with the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. The 6-11 forward averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 150 career games.
Dimitrije Cabarkapa is the fourth player to sign with the Dukes this season, joining three guards who signed in November. Guard Ron Curry, who stands at 6-3, was named the South Jersey Player of the Year in March. He was joined in the early class by 6-5 swing guard Charles Cooke out of nearby Trenton Catholic as well as 6-4 Andre Nation of Plant City, Fla.