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Aleks Maric

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2016/17: In his first season in the NBL he provided a reliable presence in the middle for the Kings…played with intelligence, worked exceptionally hard and did all the little things…stats don’t show his overall contribution to the team…averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 59.3% from the field in 28 games…grabbed season-high 12 rebounds against Melbourne United in Round 18…winner of the Mike Wrublewski Most Inspirational Player award.

 

Career: One of Australia’s most decorated big men has had an outstanding career, primarily in Europe…member of exclusive club of Australians to have won a Euroleague championship – did that in 2010 with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos…in same year won Greek League Championship…the next season won Greek Cup…in 2009 signed with legendary European club Partizan Belgrade…took Partizan into Euroleague and emerged as a star of European basketball…had monster game in Euroleague against Efes Pilsen when he scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds…named to the 2009/10 All-Euroleague First Team…won 2010 Serbian national cup and Adriatic championship…named Serbian Cup MVP…signed in 2012 with Lithuanian club Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar….helped his team to the 2013 Eurocup title…had solid 2015/16 European campaign…played majority of the European season with Budućnost Podgorica in the Montenegrin league…averaged 8.9ppg, 7.1rpg and shot the ball at 61% from the field over 26 regular season games…helped team into Eurocup competition…averaged 6.0ppg, 4.9rpg in seven Eurocup games…left in April and signed with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in the elite Spanish ACB league…averaged 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg and shot 54.3% from the field over eight ACB games…has also played in Spain for Gran Canaria and has spent time in Turkey and Israel…played in NBA Summer League with Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs…has had solid representative career…member of the gold medal winning Australian Junior Team at the 2003 FIBA U-19 World Championships…played for Australia at 2005 FIBA U-21 World Championships…played for the Australian Boomers at 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey…averaged 9.2ppg and 4.3rpg in tournament…member of the Australian Olympic team with the Australian Boomers in the 2012 London Olympic Games…played four seasons in United States with University of Nebraska…averaged 13.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.2bpg and shot 53% from the field in 121 games…named second team All-Big 12 in 2007 and 2008… selected to play in 2008 NABC College All-Star Game…named 2008 First-Team All-Region…2007 Second-Team All-Region…2006 Honourable-Mention All-Big 12…Big 12 All-Improved Team in 2006 and 2007…2006 Rainbow Classic All-Tournament Team…2005 John Thompson Basketball Challenge All-Tournament Team…three-time Big 12 Player of the Week…on the conclusion of his four-year stint ranked by his university as one of the greatest players in Nebraska history…played one season of high school basketball in the United States and averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds per game…also played one season at Australian Institute of Sport in 2002/03.

 

Personal: Born in Sydney to Serbian immigrants Stevan and Draginja Maric…given name is Aleksandar…has three sisters, Branka, Milijana and Aleksandra…fluent in speaking and writing Serbian and plays an active role in the local Serbian community in Sydney…majored in communication studies at Nebraska…played soccer in his younger days as a goalkeeper before turning to basketball…owns café in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.