• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Nick Marinkovich

Junior, basketball

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Hometown: Clarendon Hills, Ill.

High School: Hinsdale Central

Why Central?
I came on a couple visits my senior year of high school and just loved the small town atmosphere and how friendly everyone was.

Best class you’ve ever had
It’s a toss-up between Fundies of Basketball with Coach Boschee and Intro to Acting because both were extremely fun and I actually didn’t mind going to class. And I’m sure coach didn’t mind seeing me an extra 3 hours a week.

Why you love Central basketball
These guys are my best friends and we all depend on each other for a lot of things and I couldn’t make it without them.

You’re majoring in political science/economics because…
I’ve always been interested in politics as well as economics and debating in general (ask Jack Bruns). I have aunts and uncles who are lawyers and I hope to follow in their footsteps and as for economics, I just like knowing how the stock market works and where and how our money is being used.

Favorite Central memory
I have so many it’s hard to narrow them all down but a couple would be any of the homecoming weekends, and of course any of the numerous seminars we’ve had as a team.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
I would love to meet Pistol Pete Maravich because he was one of my idols growing up and also I would love to be in the company of Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey because they are my two favorite actors and it would just be riot.

Top travel destination, past or future
Puerto Rico over winter break with the team, hands down.

Toughest part of practice
If someone makes a jump pass you better believe we are getting on the line.

What you like best about the men’s basketball coaches
Coach Boschee and Coach Stunna (Steinkamp) both played college ball so they know what they’re talking about when they coach us we know we’re getting information that can only make us better.

Your favorite websites
I go to ESPN.com a lot but Stumbleupon.com is a new addiction of mine that takes up a lot more of my time than it should but it is just the most interesting.

Teammate most likely to win “Fear Factor”
Eric Scott because he is so cultured and will absolutely know how to conquer any obstacle lay before him.

Pregame ritual or habit
I’m actually a very superstitious guy so I have to do a lot things the same way so just for one example I only wear our travel jumpsuits to away games and never at home games.

Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it and why?
To be honest I’m pretty indifferent about it but I’m pretty sure Jacob Winkler absolutely loves it because of all the great deals he gets for buying chocolate.

Your favorite sports movie
I would have to say Sandlot. It’s a classic movie that everybody at least knows a couple lines from. And plus Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez is the single greatest athlete of all time. 

Best book you’ve read recently
Don’t get to do much leisure reading but the last good book I read was Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.

Bucket list
1. Get back to the national tourney.
2. Go to a Duke-UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
3. Become President.
4. Become a black belt in something so I can take the belt from Brock Caves.
5. Win the lottery.

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