Aleks Marić

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Aleks Marić
Aleks Marić with Partizan.jpg
Marić with Partizan Belgrade
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Position Center
League Israeli Super League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1984-10-22) 22 October 1984 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian / Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Life Center Academy
(Burlington, New Jersey)
College Nebraska (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Granada
2009–2010 Partizan Belgrade
2010–2012 Panathinaikos
2012–2014 Lokomotiv Kuban
2014–present Maccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards

Aleksandar "Aleks" Marić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар "Алекс" Марић, born 22 October 1984) is an Australian-Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. He also holds Serbian citizenship, due to being of Serbian descent.[1] He stands 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) tall and weighs 125 kg (275 lbs).

Early years[edit]

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.[2] Marić finished school at Reddam House in Sydney's Bondi Beach.

College statistics[edit]

College Year[3] GP GS MIN SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% FT% 3P%
Nebraska 2004–05 27 10 20.8 0.5 0.6 6.3 0.5 8.0 .479 .716 .000
Nebraska 2005–06 31 26 25.3 0.8 1.3 8.1 1.2 10.9 .472 .611 .000
Nebraska 2006–07 30 30 28.8 0.5 1.1 8.7 0.8 18.5 .565 .681 .300
Nebraska 2007–08 33 33 29.3 1.3 1.7 10.2 1.9 15.7 .575 .657 .167

Professional career[edit]

Marić began his professional career in June 2008 with the Spanish ACB League club Granada.[4] At the end of the season, on 30 June 2009, he exercised the option in his contract and decided to leave the club.[5]

On 7 July 2009, Marić signed multi-year deal with the Adriatic League club Partizan Belgrade.[6] 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.[7][8] He was named to the 2009-10 All-Euroleague First Team.[9] 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.[10]

On 30 July 2010, Marić signed a two-year contract with the Greek Basket League club Panathinaikos.[11] In his first season with the club, he won the Euroleague title in win over the Maccabi Tel Aviv.[12] Later, he won and the Greek Basket League championship. In his second season he won the Greek basketball cup.[13]

On 27 July 2012, he signed with the VTB United League club Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.[14][15]

On 2 September 2014, Marić signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[16]

Australian national team[edit]

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.[17] 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.[18]

Marić played for the senior Australian national basketball team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.[19] Marić averaged 9.2 points and 4.3 rebounds over 6 games at the tournament.[20]

He also played with Australia at the 2012 Olympics in London where Australia lost 119-86 in quarterfinal matchup with the United States.[21]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Marić won the Euroleague
Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Partizan 18 9 25.5 .607 .000 .648 8.4 1.2 1.2 .6 14.6 21.1
2010–11 Panathinaikos 8 0 7.6 .556 .000 .667 3.5 1.0 .6 .4 3.5 6.3
2011–12 Panathinaikos 22 9 7.1 .673 .000 .560 2.5 .1 .5 .1 3.6 4.9
2013–14 Lokomotiv 23 10 17.2 .602 .000 .588 3.6 1.0 .8 .6 6.1 8.0
Career 71 28 15.1 .613 .000 .621 4.5 .7 .8 .4 7.2 10.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euroleague.net MARIC, ALEKS Nationality: Serbia
  2. ^ "Aleks Maric Player Profile". realgm.com. 
  3. ^ "Aleks Maric Yahoo Player Profile". 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "CB Granada lands Aleks Maric". u1st-sports.com. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Carchia, E. "Aleks Maric left Granada". Sportando. solobasket.com. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Partizan lands center Aleks Maric". Euroleague. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Aleks Marić leads Partizan over Efes Pilsen, 93-92". interbasket.net. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Partizan vs. Efes Pilsen Boxscore". Euroleague. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "All-Euroleague team 2009-10". Euroleague. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Adriatic League final four, final: April 25, 2010". Euroleague. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "PANATHINAIKOS brings aboard Maric". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tribute to the champs, Panathinaikos: Aleks Maric!". Euroleague. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Aleks Maric". Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Carchia, E. "Lokomotiv Kuban adds big man Aleks Maric". sportando.net. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "LOKOMOTIV KUBAN gets stronger with Maric". Eurocupbasketball.com. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maccabi lands former champ Maric". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Aleks Maric". huskers.com. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Aleks Marić ipak igra za Australiju na SP". Vesti Online. Retrieved 9 August 2012. (Serbian)
  19. ^ "Team Australia Profile". FIBA. 
  20. ^ "Aleks Marić Profile". FIBA. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Australia vs. United States - Box Score". ESPN. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Serbia Novica Veličković
Most Valuable Player of
Kup Radivoja Koraća

2010
Succeeded by
United States James Gist