2010 (Senior):HEADER COLE DAVID ALDRICH Center/Power Forward University of Kansas Jayhawks #45 6:09-236 Bloomington, Minnesota Jefferson High School
OVERVIEW Much like Minnesota's Kevin Love, Aldrich plays old school basketball, as he is a physical presence in the pivot, regularly winning confrontations vs. centers much bigger and more bulkier than himself. After being seldom used as a freshman, he went on to be one of the most improved players in the nation as a sophomore.
In three seasons at Kansas, he played a key role on a squad that compiled a 97-14 record, twice attaining more than 30 victories (33 in 2009-10, 37 in 2007-08). That victory march was due in large part to Aldrich's efficient rebounding, scoring and shot blocking. The junior produced 36 double-double performances during his final 71 contests, thanks to his impressive 7'5" wingspan, court quickness, tenacity crashing the boards and ability to handle the punishment as an inside scorer. That total was good for eighth in school history.
Aldrich became the 52nd player in school history to join the 1,000-point club, ranking 46th all-time with 1,038 points. His 860 rebounds placed ninth on the Kansas career-record list. He also blocked 253 shots, five shy of the school career-record of 258 set by former All-American, Greg Ostertag (1992-95).
The Bloomington, Minn. product was a McDonald's All-American who averaged 22.9 points, 17.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots for state quarterfinalist Jefferson High School in 2006-07. He finished the McDonald's All-American game with six points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the West in its 114-112 victory.
Named state Player of the Year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star-Tribune following his senior campaign, he was selected Associated Press Minnesota Defensive Player of the Year after each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, the first to receive the honor three straight years.
Aldrich holds the Jefferson single-season and career records in scoring, blocks and rebounding. Among his numerous prep awards, he was a three-time all-state, three-time all-metro, and four-time all-conference choice. He was Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year and presented with the Jefferson High Jaguar Pride Award as a senior.
As a junior, Aldrich averaged 16.5 points and 13 rebounds per game. He was named ABCD camp All-Star in 2006 and 2005 and was rated the 10th-best high school prospect in the country by HoopScoop magazine.
Even though he was relegated to reserve duty during his first season at Kansas, due to playing behind future NBA draft picks Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson, Aldrich played in all 40 games and averaged 8.3 minutes and 2.8 points in KU's national championship 2007-08 season. He ranked third on the team with 34 blocked shots, as he led the Jayhawks in blocked shots in eight games and in rebounds three times.
As a sophomore, Aldrich earned All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors, as he joined Oklahoma's Blake Griffin as the only players in the league to average a double-double for the 2008-09 campaign. He finished with 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and registered 21 double-doubles during a 35-game schedule. That performance saw him be named college basketball's Most Improved Player by Athlon and NBCSports.com. After first flirting with entering the 2009 NBA Draft, he decided to return to campus for at least one more season.
Aldrich was the Big 12's most decorated basketball player in 2009-10. The recipient of the Mr. Jayhawk Award, he received All-American second-team and All-Conference first-team honors. He was chosen CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and was a member of Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team. He also made the league's All-Defensive team and was a finalist for the Oscar Robinson Award.
As a junior, Aldrich started all 36 games, ranking fourth on the team with an 11.3-point scoring average. He shot 56.2% from the field and crashed the boards for a team-best 354 rebounds (9.8 rpg), the ninth-highest total in conference history. He shattered the school season-record and also set a new Big 12 mark when he became the first Jayhawk and third conference performer to block more than 100 shots (125). Aldrich also finished 26th in the nation with 15 double-doubles.
GAME ANALYSIS 2007-08 SEASON Played in all 40 games as a reserve, as he averaged 8.3 minutes and 2.8 points (112 total) in KU's national championship season...Was third on the team with 34 blocked shots...Led Kansas in blocked shots in eight games and in rebounds three times...Had 10 games with multiple blocks...Pulled down five or more rebounds eight times...Finished with 119 rebounds, 11 steals and five assists.
2007-08 SEASON In 17 minutes in the national semifinal vs. North Carolina, he recorded eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots...Had the quietest double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Texas Tech on Senior Night (first double-double of his career)...Led the team with nine rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Missouri...Led the team with seven rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Yale...Had three blocks vs. Eastern Washington...Tied for a team high with six rebounds and scored six points in his debut vs. Louisiana-Monroe in only 10 minutes.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Associated Press All-American honorable mention...All-Big 12 Conference first-team pick and named the league's co-Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team...NABC District VII first-team choice, adding Academic All-Big 12 second-team accolades...Athlonsports.com and NBCSports.com selected Aldrich as their National Most Improved Player...Chosen the National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year...Member of the Kansas Athletic Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's honor rolls (fall 2008, spring 2009)...Joined Oklahoma's Blake Griffin as the only players in the conference to average a double-double, as his 21 double-double performances rank second on the school season-record list...Ranked second on the team in scoring with 520 points (14.9 ppg), shooting 59.8% from the field (199 of 333) and 79.2% from the charity stripe (122 of 154)...His 387 rebounds rank sixth on the Kansas annual record chart, as 106 came from the offensive glass...Second on the school season-record list and ranks fifth on the Big 12 annual record chart with 94 blocked shots...Had 21 steals and 36 assists...Totaled 90 personal fouls and 54 turnovers.
2008-09 SEASON Had 20 rebounds with 15 points at Oklahoma...Scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds vs. Nebraska...Recorded 18 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State...Scored a season-high 24 points vs. Siena...Had six blocked shots vs. Tennessee and posted 23 points vs. Coppin State, as he also grabbed 11 rebounds...Pulled down 16 rebounds with 15 points in the championship game of the CBE Classic vs. Syracuse...Scored 16 points with six blocked shots vs. Washington.
GAME ANALYSIS Blocked five shots, as he scored 18 points and had eleven rebounds vs. Memphis...Had 16 rebounds, along with three blocks, two steals and 13 points vs. Alcorn State...Added 11 points, three steals, six blocks and 14 boards in the Belmont contest...Pulled down 18 rebounds and blocked four shots vs. Tennessee...Registered 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting, as Aldrich snared eleven boards and altered three shots vs. Iowa State, as he followed up that performance with 16 rebounds, seven blocks and 12 points in the Missouri clash...Added eleven boards, 18 points and three blocks vs. Kansas State and totaled 16 points, 14 rebounsds and five blocks vs. Colorado in early February...Had 12 boards vs. Iowa State, ten more with five blocks and 17 points vs. Colorado and ten rebounds, 17 points and five blocks vs. Texas A&M...Delivered 12 points, three blocks and 18 boards vs. Texas Tech and ten points with eight boards vs. Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament...Opened NCAA Tournament play with eight rebounds, 11 points and five rebounds vs. Lehigh, followed by ten rebounds and 13 points vs. Northern Iowa, Aldrich's final collegiate game.
2009-10 SEASON All-American Defensive Team first-team and overall second-team selection by The NBA Draft Report, adding national second-team honors from the Associated Press, NABC and USBWA...Named the National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year...Recipient of the Mr. Jayhawk Award...Was Selected the league's Defensive Player of the Year...USBWA All-District VI and Academic All-American Player of the Year choice by CoSIDA and ESPN the Magazine...Was a finalist for the Oscar Robinson Award Finalist...Member of the KU Athletics Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's honor rolls (fall 2009)...KU-Memphis Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase MVP...Started all 36 games, scoring 406 points (11.3 ppg) on 149 of 265 field goals (56.2%) and 108 of 159 free throws (67.9%)...Ranked 24th in the nation, as his 354 rebounds rank eighth on the school season-record list...110 of those boards came off the offensive glass...Set school and league season-records with 125 blocked shots, becoming just the third Big 12 player to register 100 blocks in a season...Ranked 26th in the Division I ranks with fifteen double-double performances...Handed out 31 assists and had 27 steals.
CAREER NOTES Aldrich became the 52nd player in school history to score more than 1,000 points in a career, finishing 46th all-rime with 1,038 points...Made 57.4% of his field-goal attempts (391 of 681)...Ranks ninth in school annals with 860 rebounds...His 253 blocked shots were five shy of the Kansas all-time record of 258 by Greg Ostertag (1992-95) and rank second in Big 12 annals behind Chris Mihm of Texas (264, 1998-2000)...Only the third player in conference history to record over 100 blocked shots in a season, his 2009-10 total of 125 broke the Big 12 record of 118 by Kelvin Cato of Iowa State (1996-97), as that pair joined David Harrison of Colorado (106, 2002-03) as the only league players in the Century-Block Club...Also shattered the school season-record of 97 by Ostertag in 1993-94...Aldrich's 94 blocks in 2008-09 rank third on the Kansas annual record chart and sixth on the Big 12 list...Ranks 11th in league history and sixth on the school career-record chart with 36 double-double performances...His 21 double-double performances in 2008-09 rank second in school history behind Drew Gooden's school record 25 during the 2001-02 campaign.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Jefferson (Bloomington, Minn.) High School...McDonald's All-American who averaged 22.9 points, 17.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots for the state quarterfinalist squad...Finished the McDonald's All-American game with six points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the West in its 114-112 victory...Named state Player of the Year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star-Tribune following his senior campaign...Was selected Associated Press Minnesota Defensive Player of the Year after each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, the first to receive the honor three straight years...Holds the Jefferson single-season and career records in scoring, blocks and rebounding... Among his numerous prep awards, he was a three-time all-state, three-time all-metro, and four-time all-conference choice...Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year and presented with the Jefferson High Jaguar Pride Award as a senior...As a junior, Aldrich averaged 16.5 points and 13 rebounds per game...Named ABCD camp All-Star in 2006 and 2005 and was rated the tenth-best high school prospect in the country by HoopScoop magazine...Given an Honors Award for Physical Education.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS 2008 CANADA EXHIBITION TOUR: Started all three games and led the team in rebounding with 11 boards per game in KU's 3-0 trip to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada...Led the team in blocks with three blocks per game... Tied for the team high with five steals...Went 12-for-13 from the free throw line...Had a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds vs. McGill, as he also had six blocked shots and four steals vs. the Redmen...Logged 33 minutes vs. Carleton to go along with 16 points.
PERSONAL Communication Studies major...Son of Kathleen and Walter Aldrich...Born Cole David Aldrich on 10/31/88 in Burnsville, Minn...Resides in Bloomington, Minn.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Aldrich more than compensates for a lack of ideal height at the center position with outstanding strength (twice selected to the All-American Strength Team), a nearly 7'5" wingspan, 9'3 1/2" standing reach and an 11' 7 1/2" standing reach...The name of his game is getting very physical with his opponent working inside and under the basket, as he is not only an elite rebounder, but has the hops and length to excel at altering an opponent's shot (school and league record 125 blocks last year)...Highly intelligent athlete whose academic success is evident on the court, as he plays an almost mistake-free game and it is rare to see him get caught out of position by a shooter's pump fakes or hesitation moves...Has that strong anchor to establish position under the rim and has generated good success with dunks and put-backs off the offensive glass (250 of 860 boards came on the offensive end)...Looks very comfortable playing with his back to the basket and he is very active getting out to defend on the perimeter, evident by his above average shot-blocking skills...Not the type who needs to have the ball in his hands to come up with the big play and is an ideal program type, as he prefers to play within the team concept rather than hype individual attention...With his upper-body strength, most front court opponents struggle nightly in attempts to try to pry him out of the box...Strong rebounder with good hands to catch or pass the ball...Demonstrates good upper-body power getting to the basket and most of his scoring activity is in the paint...Puts the ball on the floor efficiently and has developed an effective jump-hook shot...Demonstrates good quickness firing out his passes and works hard under the boards for the offensive rebound...Generates good explosiveness to finish around the basket...Possesses good court vision locating the open man with his passes...Is also quite effective with his passes in the half-court game, doing a nice job of needling the ball past double teams...Seems more comfortable going to his right when in tight quarters...When he properly sets his feet, he gets good elevation attacking the rim to block the shot...Lacks blazing speed, but moves around the court well for a player his size...Is most effective when taking the ball on cuts to the basket...When he times his leaps, he shows good form in setting his feet and elevating for the one-handed dunk...Works well passing the ball around, especially working in unison with his guards on pick-&-roll plays...Works hard to gain position under the board for put-backs...Plays with good intensity and has very quick hands to alter the opponent's shot on drives into the passing lanes...Shows good body contortion going for the off-target rebounds (lacks lateral agility though) and uses his large hands well to finish in transition...Has improved in attempts to draw contact on the way to the basket...Uses his long reach well to go over the opponent in attempts to get a piece of the ball.
Negatives: His offensive game is still very raw, consisting mostly on dunks, put-backs and catches around the basket and will need to develop advanced post moves if he hopes to garner big minutes at the next level...Much more comfortable with his back to the basket than facing up to it...Is tough to charge on, but has some hip stiffness that makes it hard for him to suddenly change direction or move fluidly when going lateral...More of a Kevin Love type that will do the dirty work around the rim for you, but his offensive game might not develop enough to be considered a valid scoring option...Like a bull in a china shop as an inside scorer, but needs to develop a quicker release and better shooting mechanics, as his jumper is nowhere near NBA caliber...Can get up and down the court, but it looks like he is lumbering, making him a liability on the fast break...His lack of suddenness have some teams concerned about his motor and with not much range on his shot, he is not a valid contributor for the transition game.
Compares To: KEVIN LOVE, Minnesota -- Aldrich is a good blue-collar type player. There is no flash or pizzazz in any part of his game, but he is very good at doing the grun" work, whether setting up screens, diving for loose balls, elevating to alter an opponent's shot or simply getting physical establishing position in the paint. There are doubts that his offensive game, especially his jumper, will ever develop for a coach to be comfortable with him taking long-range shots. He's strictly meat and potatoes, but that is okay, as he has come to accept that role and relishes it. There are much bigger centers in the NBA than Aldrich, but he's one of the strongest ones you will find.