13 - Nikola Cvetinovic
Nikola Cvetinovic
Height: 6-8
Weight: 230
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Loznica, Serbia
High School: Virginia Episcopal School
Position: F

Tough on the defensive end of the floor and offensively can post up and shoot the short and mid-range jumper ... finished career ranked 25th in total points (1,158) and tied for first in career games played (141) ... played in 13 MAC Tournament games (including four title contests), two NCAA Tournament games, one NIT game and one College Basketball Invitational game during his career … helped the Zips to 92 wins over his career, tied for fourth most in program history .... helped Serbia win the 2011 World University Games championship.

as a Senior (2011-12): Earned All-MAC honors for the second-consecutive season as he was named Third-team All-MAC … started all 34 games for the Zips … tied former teammate Steve McNees for the most games played in Akron history, making his 141st appearance against Northwestern (March 13) … finished second on the team in points per game (9.9) and tied for first in rebounds per game (5.4) … earned MAC Player of the Week honors on Jan. 2 after helping the Zips to a 1-1 record the previous week … he posted averages of 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 blocked shot in a 76-75 overtime loss to VCU (Dec. 29) and a 67-51 road win at Marshall (Jan. 1) … posted three double-doubles, including games against Florida A&M (12 points, 10 rebounds), North Carolina A&T (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Toledo (10 points, 10 rebounds) … became the ninth player under head coach Keith Dambrot to reach 1,000 career points thanks to a 17-point performance at Buffalo on Jan. 18 … reached double figures in scoring 18 times and in rebounds four times … led the team in rounding 10 times and scoring six times … finished tied for 15th in the MAC in rebounds per game (5.4) and 28th in points per game (9.9).

as a Junior (2010-11): Named second team All-MAC after starting all 36 games and leading the team in scoring (11.7) and rebounding per game (6.9) ... one of four players to have played in a school-record 36 games in a season on two occasions (2008-09 and 2010-11) ... recorded five double-doubles on the season ... named MAC East Player of the Week twice (Dec. 6 and Feb. 28) ... set career highs in nearly every season statistical category, including minutes played (997), minutes played per game (27.7), field goals made (159), free throws made (104), rebounds (250), rebounds per game (6.9), assists (74), steals (40), points (422) and points per game (11.7) ... set single game career highs in points (27), rebounds (16), assists (7), steals (4, three times) and minutes played (37) ... reached double figures in scoring 20 times and in rebounds eight times ... played in his 100th game against Buffalo (Feb. 26) ... posted his first double-double (11 points/10 rebounds) of the season at Dayton (Nov. 16) ... recorded a career-high 27 points in the Zips' overtime win against Youngstown State (Nov. 20) ... had back-to-back double-doubles against Minnesota (11/12, Dec. 15) and Bethune Cookman (17/11, Dec. 18) ... had two double-doubles in a three-game stretch, including at Northern Illinois (20/10, Jan. 26) and at Eastern Michigan (13/16, Feb. 2) ... joined Pete Freeman (Dec. 4-15, 1990) and Marcel Boyce (Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 1986) as the only three players in Akron's Division I era (since 1980-81) to record double-digit rebound totals in three-straight games (10, at Northern Illinois; 10 vs. Central Michigan; 16 at Eastern Michigan) ... led the team with four 20-point games ... made the game-winning bucket before sealing the victory over Illinois-Chicago (Dec. 4) with a steal in the final 19 seconds ... finished the season fifth in the MAC in rebounding (6.9), 13th in free throw percentage (.717) and 20th in scoring (11.7).

as a Sophomore (2009-10): Appeared in all 35 games and appeared in the starting line-up on 13 occasions ... grabbed 147 rebounds (4.2 rpg) while averaging 6.7 ppg ... recorded his first-career double-double at Ball State (Feb. 6), posting 15 points and 10 rebounds (both season-best tallies) ... led the Zips in scoring on two occasions (at Ball State, Feb. 6; and vs. Howard, Nov. 22) ... dished out a then personal-best five dimes against Drake (Nov. 21) ... connected on 47.1 percent of his shots from the field (98-of-208) ... posted three-straight double-digit scoring performances, scoring 13 against Howard (Nov. 22), 12 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 27) and 11 points against Niagara (Nov. 29).

as a Freshman (2008-09): Played in all 36 games and was in the starting five 21 times, including the final 19 contests of the season ... 36 games played tied six other players for most in a season in program history and was also the most by an Akron freshman ... scored a then career-best 12 points twice – versus Western Michigan (Feb. 8) and against Miami (Ohio) (March 12) in the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament ... also grabbed a then career-best eight rebounds and logged a then career-high 26 minutes in that quarterfinal matchup with the RedHawks ... averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in four MAC Tournament games ... tallied 10 points on 4-of-6 field goal shooting against Toledo (March 10) in the first round of MAC tourney ... also had 11 points in UA's regular-season meeting at Toledo (Jan. 28), converting 5-of-7 field goals ... seven points, four rebounds and then career-best three assists in 23 minutes versus Gonzaga (March 19) in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

at Virginia Episcopal School: Started attending VES, located in Lynchburg, Va., in 2006 ... named first-team all-conference as a junior and senior ... chosen First-Team All-State and First-Team All-Lynchburg Area during his senior season ... averaged 19.0 points as a senior ... also competed in track and field, and soccer ... earned all-conference and all-state recognition on the soccer field and was state and conference champion in the discus, and conference champion in the high jump.

Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1988, in Loznica, Serbia ... son of Dragan and Ljiljana Cvetinovic ... speaks five languages (English, French, German, Italian and Serbian) ... enjoys playing chess ... graduated in 2011 with a bachelors in political science and is currently working on his postgraduate degree in political science.