``They have been the school that's been interested in me the most," Maric said. "Everything has been set up that if I can go if I want to. It could happen this weekend if I like it.
``I know they are a big-time school that plays in the Big 12," he added. "It's a good place for me to be able to go and play right away against good competition."
Give Nebraska assistant coach Scott Spinelli kudos for this one. He's pulling what appears to be a legitimate Top 100 player into a program that won just three Big 12 games a year ago.
``He has some NBA potential," said the veteran NBA scout. "He likes to play inside under the basket and can also step out and shoot 15-foot jumpers. He likes to bang and uses both hands, but he can step out and shoot it like Bill Laimbeer."
Maric, who averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds last year at the Australian Institute of Sport, currently attends Life Center Academy (N.J.) and already has head coach Darryl Gladden raving about him.
``He's in better shape than any of my kids," Gladden said. "He's much more athletic than you'd think. He can run, is really good in the low post and also has nice touch. He's a high-major kid and is much better than I expected. Offensively, he's the best big guy I've ever had."
While most American kids were competing for AAU titles this past summer, Maric was winning world titles. He was on the gold-medal Australian under-19 team that competed in Greece.
``Schools just didn't know about him," Gladden added. "But when they see him, they aren't going to believe how good he is."