Boomers: Maric sidelined with knee injury

Boomers: Maric sidelined with knee injury

BELGRADE -- The sensation of this year's Euroleague, Partizan Belgrade's Australian international Aleks Maric, will be out of action for a month to recover from a knee injury he picked up in last week's game against Lietuvos Rytas.

Doctors have determined that the 2.11m Maric's left knee ligaments are intact and have advised the club to rest the player for a month, during which time he will receive therapy.

Maric is the fourth-leading scorer in the Euroleague at 16.9 points per game and is also pulling down an average of 9.1 rebounds.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal rise to fame in Europe this season in Serbia.

On the books of Spanish ACB minnows CB Granada in Spain last year, Maric played just over 12 minutes per game and averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Since moving to Partizan in the summer, Maric has played more than 26 minutes per contest in the Euroleague and is averaging 16.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.

He was voted Player of the Month for December.

The Sydney-born and raised Maric, who represented Australia at the 2003 World Championship for Junior Men in Greece and won a gold medal, is in contention to play for the Boomers at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey this summer.