Serge Zwikker

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Serge Zwikker
Personal information
Born (1973-04-28) April 28, 1973 (age 44)
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 273 lb (124 kg)
Career information
High school
College North Carolina (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1997–2000
Position Center
Career history
1998–1999 TAU Ceramica
1999 Gorizia
1999–2000 CB Breogán
2000 Hans Verkerk Keukens

Serge Zwikker (born April 28, 1973) is a Dutch-American basketball player. He first came to the United States in 1988, playing for Don Kent at Monsignor Clancy Memorial High School in Queens, New York. He then transferred to Flint Hill Prep, and then finished his prep career at Harker Prep.

Zwikker played four years of college basketball for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under coach Dean Smith. He saw limited playing time his first two years, usually coming off the bench for Rasheed Wallace. Zwikker's college career breakthrough came March 17, 1995 against Murray State University. Plagued by an ankle injury, Wallace scored only six points before Smith benched Wallace for good three minutes into the second half. In relief, Zwikker finished with 19 points (including 7 of 8 free throws) as he and Jerry Stackhouse led the Tar Heels to an 80–70 win.[1] Zwikker became the Tar Heels' starting center following Wallace's departure in the 1995 NBA Draft.[2]

Zwikker was selected by the Houston Rockets with the first pick of the second round (29th overall) in the 1997 NBA Draft, and spent one season on the Rockets' bench. However, he did not record any playing time. Due to the 1998 NBA lockout, he signed a three-year contract with TAU Cerámica in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Zwikker played Euroleague basketball in 1998–99, first playing for TAU Cerámica in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, and then for Gorizia in Italy. After only ten games with Gorizia, his season ended due to a back injury.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Tom (March 18, 1995). "UNC Escapes Murray: Wallace hobbled and Heels wobbled, but Zwikker to rescue with 19". The Virginian-Pilot. Landmark Communications, Inc. p. C1. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ Landreth, Eddy (January 15, 1996). "How dare you doubt Dean – University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith". The Sporting News. Sporting News Publishing Co. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  3. ^ "EuroLeague 1998–1999: Tau Ceramica". basket-stats.info. 2000–2006. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 

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