Aleks Maric
Full Name: Aleksandar Maric
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-11 / 275
Birthdate: October 22, 1984
High School: Life Center Academy
College: Nebraska
 

Nebraska
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2004-05 27 10 79 165 .479 58 81 .716 0 2 .000 169 13 13 16 216 8.00
2005-06 31 26 116 246 .472 107 175 .611 0 0 .000 251 38 25 39 339 10.9
2006-07 30 30 203 359 .565 147 216 .681 3 10 .300 260 24 15 33 556 18.5
2007-08 33 33 191 332 .575 136 207 .657 1 6 .167 335 64 44 57 519 15.7
Totals 121 99 589 1102 .534 448 679 .660 4 18 .222 1015 139 97 145 1630 13.5

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Named First Team All-Big 12 from the Associated Press as a senior. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches his junior and senior seasons. Named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a sophomore. Finished collegiate career as Nebraskaís fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,630 points. Also ranks second all-time in rebounds (1,015, fifth most in Big 12 history), third in free throws made (448), and seventh in blocked shots (145). Posted 39 career double-doubles. Was a member of the Australian U21 National Team which finished in fourth place at the 2005 FIBA World Championships for Young Men held in Argentina, and won the gold medal at the 2003 U18 World Championships held in Greece.

Senior (2007-08): Led team in scoring (15.7 ppg, ranked seventh in the Big 12) and rebounding (10.2 rpg, third). Ranked second in the league in field goal percentage (.575) and blocked shots (1.7 bpg). Scored 20 or more points seven times and topped the 30-point mark twice. Registered 15 double-doubles, including one stretch of 12 of 13 games. Posted season-high 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds vs. Missouri. Tallied 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds vs. Kansas State. Recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds at Western Kentucky. Scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds at Kansas State. Registered 17 points and 13 rebounds vs. Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. Tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds at Ole Miss in the third round of the post-season NIT.

Junior (2006-07): Led team in scoring (18.5 ppg, ranked fourth in the Big 12) and rebounding (8.7 rpg, second) while leading the conference in field goal percentage (.565). Posted double figures in points and rebounds in 11 games, including the last six contests of the season. Exploded for a career-high 41 points vs. Kansas State, the second-highest single game total in school history. Registered 31 points and a career-high 19 rebounds vs. Missouri. Recorded 36 points in the very next contest vs. Iowa State, becoming the first player in school history to post back-to-back 30-point games. Tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds vs. Texas. Scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the regular season finale vs. Oklahoma State.

Sophomore (2005-06): Led team in rebounding (8.1 rpg, ranked third in the Big 12) and ranked third on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg). Posted a league-high seven double-doubles in conference games only. Notched a season-high 37 points on 13-for-15 shooting, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots at Iowa State. Registered 22 point and 14 rebounds vs. Louisiana Tech in the championship game of the John Thompson Basketball Challenge. Posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double vs. Marquette. Scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Kansas State. Recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kansas. Tallied nine points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high five blocks at Hofstra in the postseason NIT.

Freshman (2004-05): Averaged 8.0 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds (ranked 11th in the Big 12). Set a school freshman record with 169 rebounds and tied another mark with three double-doubles. Scored in double figures 11 times, with a season-high of 15 points vs. Oklahoma State. Tallied 10 points and a season-high 15 rebounds at UAB. Posted 13 points and 12 rebounds at Iowa State.

Strengths: Big man with good hands. Very aggressive when he catches the ball in the post. Has big shoulders and strong legs and isnít afraid to mix it up inside.

Personal: Majored in communications studies. Can read and write fluently in Serbian. Played competitive soccer while growing up.



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