PANATHINAIKOS brings aboard Maric
July 30, 2010
Aleks Maric - PartizanOne of the most dominant big men in European basketball last season switched Euroleague teams on Friday when Panathinaikos announced the arrival of All-Euroleague center Aleks Maric, who inked a two-year deal with the Greek powerhouse. Maric (211, 25) arrives from Partizan, which he led to its biggest season in recent history, averaging 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in 18 Euroleague games as the team reached Final Four for the first time since 1998. They also won the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles together. Maric was voted to the All-Euroleague first team and was chosen December MVP in just his first season in the competition. He also earned weekly MVP awards for regular season weeks 7 and 8. Unknown to most fans before the season, Maric made a splash by recording a 49 index rating - tying the best single-game performance in the entire 2009-10 season - with his brilliant 34-point, 16-rebound performance against Efes Pilsen in regular season Week 7. Maric had previously played for CB Granada in Spain since finishing his college career at the University of Nebraska (NCAA). He is also a member of the Australian national team and is expected to take part at the 2010 FIBA World Championships with the Boomers.
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