Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Maric Done, Wortho Heading North?

The college career of another aussie is done. Aleks Maric the former AIS product could not get his Nebraska Cornhuskers over the line today.

The Cornhuskers lost in OT to Mississippi in the NIT, 85-75. Maric finished his career off in style though. Posting another double double of 18pts, 10rebs and 4ass to boot.

Although Maric will return to Australia to try and throw his hat in the ring for the Beijing Olympics, don't expect him to be in the NBL next season.

Look for Maric to use his European passport and sign with a "big" team in Europe. I'm sure Maric will get summer workouts and play in several summer leagues with the NBA, but I don't think he will make a roster come opening day.

I hope he proves me wrong, but I think he will have to settle for a productive career in Europe.

It is great to see Aussie talent taking themselves over to the tougher leagues of the world, but it is disappointing to lose a local guy from our own league.

Also making some noise is Mark Worthington and Cairns. It has been reported that there is interest that the far north club is pursuing the NBL 1st teamer.

I'm sure the Taipans are looking at ways of filling the hole Nathan Jawai will leave if his NBA dream becomes reality. This move has me really intrigued. Does Abney move to the five or Worthington to the three?

More importantly, if they become teammates, "Birdman" Abney will be able to teach Worthington the finer points of flapping your hands. Wortho's effort in the Grand Final series to replicate the "Birdman", was absolutely disastrous.

In other news, Paul Rogers supports Conner Henry for coach. NBL.com.au writes about the Aussies in college. Jason Crowe is officially gone from the Blaze. Ben Hunt keen to stay in the west. Big Luke is a perfect 10. Rod Popp in NT.

I walked by a gym today and thought about doing this!

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