Nebraska center Aleks Maric began the first tryout camp Monday in an attempt to earn a roster spot for the Boomers, Australia’s senior national team that will play in the World Championships in Japan from Aug. 19 to Sept. 3. The tournament will be held in four cities across the country and FIBA has increased the number of participating teams from 16 to 24 this year because of increased level of basketball around the world and the rising number of competitive teams at the highest level.

Maric, who withdrew his name from the NBA early entry draft list last week, will compete this week with 33 other players looking to make the final Australian roster. The tryouts are being held in Canberra and this first round will run June 19-25, while the next round will be July 3-9 in Gosford.

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