Future Husker could fill spot immediately

Fans of the Husker cagers get ready; we have a good one on the way. At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Aleks Maric will look to step in and play right away for the Nebraska basketball team later this fall. With an opening in the frontcourt Maric should compete for the starting center spot immediately.

Even though an opening has presented itself in the Husker's lineup don't make the mistake of thinking that is the only reason why Aleks Maric will receive so much playing time. In fact, many analysts are very high on Maric. Included among them is theinsiders' own recruiting expert Dave Telep. When asked about what we could expect from Maric, Telep said "Alex is a legitimate, back to the basket player who can come into the Big XII and average 8-10 points right away."

A couple of the things Aleks has going for him would be his excellent size and ability in the post. Other scouts have also mentioned his toughness and even an ability out step out and knock down the occasional jumper from the elbow. Listed according to theinsiders' database as a four star recruit, Husker fans have to be excited about seeing this young man in action.

The Australian still has some adjustments to make however as he has only played the game for a little over four years and most of that time in Australia. According to Telep a couple of things he will have to overcome are that "he's not as athletic at times and he definitely still needs a little bit of an adjustment to playing basketball over here." Most analysts, however, tend to agree that Maric has a lot of potential.

When asked how he would fit into Coach Collier's system Telep had this to say, "What I thought about him was that he needed to play in a system that would run a lot of half court sets and give him a lot of touches." Certainly according to those remarks it seems like Aleks should fit in nicely with the Nebraska offense and be a potent weapon down the road, if not sooner. With playing time available in the post, he should definitely receive that opportunity to contribute.

In just under six weeks the Aussie native will see his first live action in a collegiate game, albeit in an exhibition against Salgado de Oliveira. His performance in the practices that begin in just a few short weeks as well as his display in that game will determine if Coach Collier is comfortable enough with the freshman to get the starting nod in the regular season opener. The regular season begins against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on November the 23rd.

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