Photo gallery from the first exhibition game of the 2007-08 season.
Marko Deric is in his fourth and final season at Loyola Marymount University.
2007-08 at LMU:
Marko finished the season playing all 31 games, earning 13 starts for the Lions. He finished averaging more than 19 minutes a contest and showed outside range. He set a career high hitting 15-of-41 three-pointers, good for a percentage of 36.6. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest and led the team with 12 blocks. His best games came at the book-ends of the year as he started and ended strong. He opened the season with 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the opener against UC Irvine (11-9-07) and then had games of 12, 13 and 14 points in three of the next five games. His 14 points came in the overtime win over Mercer (11-24-07) as he went 2-for-3 from long range, his first three-pointers of the season. His three at the end of regulation was key in sending the game to overtime. He also had a career-high six boards in the game while playing a career-best 39 minutes. Toward the end of the season, he went for 10 points against Santa Clara (2-18-08), 12 against Pepperdine (2-23-08) and 10 against San Diego (3-3-08). He went 5-for-11 from the three-point line in those games.
2006-07 at LMU:
He played most minutes in career to open season, going for 19 minutes in win over ORU (11-10-06). Added four points and three rebounds. Earned first start against UCSB (11-29-06), and played career-best 34 minutes with six rebounds. After missing a game due to an exam, he went a perfect 3-for-3 from the field with six points in 16 minutes against UCI (12-9-06). Scored six points in 30 minutes against Boise State (12-19-06). Had his first career double figure game with 10 points against Portland (1-8-07). Deric scored nine points with six rebounds on 3-for-8 shooting in 35 minutes before fouling out against USF (1-13-07). He came up big in the final minute against San Diego (2-10-07), grabbing an offensive rebound and putback to put Lions up three in win. Finished with eight points and four rebounds in 30 minutes. Went for a career-best 16 points in 31 minutes against USF (2-12-07). Against Santa Clara (2-24-07), he had 15 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes, going 7-for-13 from the field.
2005-06 at LMU:
In his first season with the Lions, true freshman Marko Deric played in 21 of the Lions' 30 games, averaging five minutes a contest. He finished with 17 points, scoring a career-best six points on a pair of three-pointers against Santa Clara (2-25-06). His first field goal was against San Francisco (1-9-06) and played a minute against BYU (11-18-05) for his first collegiate appearance. He ended year with two points and a rebound against Saint Mary's (3-5-06) at the WCC Championships. He added 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in his first year.
Deric played for the Australian Institute of Sport. He joined fellow AIS members Damian Martin and Matthew Knight on the LMU roster. Deric earned his scholarship to AIS, Australia's internationally acclaimed national centre of sports excellence for the training and development of elite athletes and teams, at the first of the year and joined the team in mid-season... He joined AIS after captaining the Australian Youth Olympic Team to a Gold Medal in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January. Deric led the Australian team to a sweep while averaging six rebounds and six points per game. The team defeated New Zealand in the gold medal game, 90-59 as Deric finished the game with nine rebounds... Prior to 2005, Deric competed for the West Australian Metropolitan State Teams from 2002-2004. As captain of the Under 18 team in 2004, Deric started every game and in the Under 18 National Championships held in Queensland he became one of the team leaders. In eight games at the Championships, he averaged 11.1 points and a team-best 10.6 rebounds per game. ..He led the team in scoring twice, netting 20 against New Zealand and then 22 against A.C.T. Both of those games he netted double-doubles, grabbing 10 and 16 rebounds, respectively. He set a career-mark with another double-double against Tasmania, scoring 10 points to go with 18 rebounds, including six offensive... Deric also played for the Australian School Boys Team in 2003 and received a full Academic Scholarship at Living Waters Lutheran College for his junior and senior years of high school.
He is from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, and his coach at AIS is Marty Clarke. He is studying civil engineering while at LMU and he is the son of Svetlana and Zoran. Deric and his family immigrated to Australia from Serbia when Marko was child.