Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Adidas Next Generation Tournament
Lokomotiv Kuban gets stronger with Maric
Jul 27, 2012
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved its frontcourt for its Eurocup return next season by inking center Aleks Maric, the club announced Friday. Maric (2.11 meters, 27 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos Athens, where he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He helped the Greens to win the Greek Cup title and reach the Final Four. In 2010-11, Maric allowed Panathinaikos to lift the Greek League trophy and win its sixth Euroleague title. In 2009-10, Maric had a breakout season with Partizan mt:s Belgrade, 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 that 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 2012 Olympic Games with the Boomers. "Aleks is a very strong, old-school center at the prime of his career," head coach Evgeny Pashutin said. "He know how to play with his back to the basket and is very effective in the paint. I believe he will help us to be more confident under the rims."
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