Maric Named to Australian National Team

Nebraska junior center Aleks Maric was one of 12 players named to the Australian National Team, Basketball Australia announced recently. The 6-11, 265-pounder will help his senior national team at the FIBA World Championships in Japan in August.

After a tough five-day training session that began with 19 players on July 5, head coach Brian Goorijan trimmed the final national team roster to 12. The team, also known as the Boomers, won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in March but will have a distinctly different look as only five members of that squad remain. Four players, including Maric, will be making their senior team international debut this summer.

Along with Maric, the Boomers have four players standing at least 6-11, including three seven-footers in NBA standout Andrew Bogut, Chris Anstey and Wade Helliwell. Maric will also be joined by Big 12 opponent and former Under 21 teammate Aaron Bruce, a junior guard at Baylor.

The Australians will have an imposing frontcourt with tremendous depth when it opens test play with games July 12 and 14 in New Zealand. The Boomers leave Monday, July 10, and will take on Napier on Wednesday and Friday before returning home for games in Hobart (July 17) and Melbourne (July 19).

The team will get a short break before conducting its third training session from July 26 to Aug. 3 on Australia's Gold Coast. From there, the team travels to China on Aug. 7 and begins play in the Boris Stankovic Cup in Nanjing on Aug. 11 against Greece. The team then faces France on Aug. 13 and then either Germany, China or Brazil in the final game on Aug. 15.

The team opens its ninth appearance at the FIBA World Championships on Aug. 19 against Brazil. The Boomers, who are ranked ninth in the world, are in Group C and will also face Turkey (Aug. 20), Greece (Aug. 22), Lithuania (Aug. 23) and Qatar (Aug. 24) in pool play.

2006 Boomers Roster (Senior Australian Team Games)
Chris Anstey (85)
David Barlow (0)
Andrew Bogut (20)
Aaron Bruce (0)
Wade Helliwell (31)
Russell Hinder (13)
Luke Kendall (5)
Sam Mackinnon (109)
Aleks Maric (0)
Steve Markovic (0)
Brad Newley (7)
Jason Smith (81)

-NU Sports Information