BIOGRAPHY: Australian-born but of Serbian descent, Maric came to the United States in 2003 and played one season of high school basketball before attending Nebraska for the past four seasons. He declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore season in 2006, but withdrew his name and displayed considerable improvement during his final two seasons in Lincoln. As a junior, he was fourth in the Big 12 with 18.5 points per game, and in 2007-08, he averaged a double-double with 15.7 points and a career-high 10.2 rebounds, also shooting a career-best 57.5 percent from the field. Still, as part of a poorly regarded senior class, the 23-year-old Maric may have trouble finding a team to draft him with a slew of younger players with more upside on the board. An effective interior scorer and durable, hard-working player, Maric has also improved his defense, ranking second in the Big 12 in 2007-08 with 1.7 blocked shots per game. But he isn't a superior athlete and he may have problems with a lack of speed at the next level, both with the quickness of his feet in half-court play and his struggles running the floor in transition. His size and skill set were often enough to dominate offensively in college, but with bigger, stronger centers defending him, they may not be enough to get by in the NBA.