Marić playing for Partizan in December 2009
|Herbalife Gran Canaria|
22 October 1984 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Nationality||Australian / Serbian|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school||Life Center Academy
(Burlington, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|2014||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2014–2015||Galatasaray Liv Hospital|
|2015||Petrochimi Bandar Imam|
|Career highlights and awards|
Aleksandar "Aleks" Marić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар "Алекс" Марић, born 22 October 1984) is an Australian-Serbian professional basketball player who plays for Herbalife Gran Canaria of the Spanish Liga ACB. He also holds Serbian citizenship, due to being of Serbian descent. He stands 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) tall and weighs 125 kg (275 lbs).
Marić began playing basketball as a youth in Sydney before attending the Australian Institute of Sport. He played high school basketball in the United States at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He then played college basketball at the University of Nebraska with the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2004 to 2008, where he was named to the All-Big 12 Conference 2nd team in both 2007 and 2008. Marić finished school at Reddam House in Sydney's Bondi Beach.
Marić began his professional career in June 2008 with the Spanish ACB League club Granada. At the end of the season, on 30 June 2009, he exercised the option in his contract and decided to leave the club.
On 7 July 2009, Marić signed multi-year deal with the Adriatic League club Partizan Belgrade. During his first season in Partizan, Marić went from the status of a relatively unknown basketball player to one of a Euroleague star, all thanks to his great games throughout the season. In 93–92 win over Efes Pilsen in the Euroleague, he scored 34 points, pulled 16 rebounds and had 49 performance index rating which was record of the season, alongside with Darjuš Lavrinovič who also had 49 in the same season. That made them 8th overall in PIR since the beginning of the 2000–01 Euroleague season. He was named to the 2009-10 All-Euroleague First Team. With Partizan, he managed to win the Serbian national cup trophy (the Radivoj Korać Cup Trophy), as well as the Adriatic Championship in the amazing overtime finish.
On 30 July 2010, Marić signed a two-year contract with the Greek Basket League club Panathinaikos. In his first season with the club, he won the Euroleague title in win over the Maccabi Tel Aviv. Later, he won and the Greek Basket League championship. In his second season he won the Greek basketball cup.
On 2 September 2014, Marić signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv. On 25 December 2014, he was waived by Maccabi. The next day he signed with the Turkish team Galatasaray Liv Hospital. On 3 March 2015, he left Galatasaray and signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam of the Iranian Super League. On 29 April 2015, he left Petrochimi and signed with the Spanish club Gran Canaria for the rest of the 2014–15 ACB season.
Australian national team
With the Australian junior national team, Marić won the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He also played at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team. Media reports emanating from Serbia stated Maric had expressed a desire to play for the senior Serbian national basketball team, however this was later denied by Maric.
Euroleague career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Marić won the Euroleague|
|Led the league|
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