Maric Signs with CB Granada
Former Husker center Aleks Maric has signed a two-year contract to play in one of the top leagues in Europe, according to CB Granada's team web site.
A first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Cornhuskers as a senior, Maric averaged 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while helping the Huskers to a 20-12 record and a second-round appearance in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament. It was just the 12th 20-win season in program history.
Maric set or tied at least 14 school and conference records during his career and finished fifth all-time in scoring and second in rebounds at Nebraska. Coach Doc Sadler said Maric's presence will be missed even more than the box score will show.
"Aleks gave everything every time he stepped on the court whether it was for practice or a game," Sadler said. "He will be missed for his scoring and rebounding, obviously, but he will also be missed because of his leadership and attitude as well."
Despite losing his biggest offensive force next season, Sadler is pleased that another Husker has moved on to the professional ranks, and thinks this may just be the first stop for Maric in his pro career.
"I talked to Aleks and he's very excited to be playing in Spain. He's looking forward to the opportunity to get immediate playing time and to be able to play basketball in a league that's as good as the one CB Granada is in," Sadler said.
"The biggest thing Aleks gets out of it is an opportunity. It's an opportunity to play and in a lot of ways, it may benefit him more than playing in the NBA this season and sitting on the bench. This way he can continue to grow as a player and eventually I do believe that Aleks is an NBA guy."
The exposure for Maric will be beneficial down the road in his efforts to get to the NBA, and is also beneficial for the Husker program.
"Any time you have the opportunity to continue playing at a high level, it's good," Sadler said. "It helps our program to have players go on and play at a high level, but it says more about the type of players we're getting here at Nebraska. We need more guys like Aleks Maric in this program."