Top 10 Junior Makes Pledge

It's big news when a Top 10 prospect makes a commitment and this week one of the nation's most promising junior prospects made a decision. Cole Aldrich is off the board in 2007.

According to multiple sources, Cole Aldrich will play his college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks. Aldrich was Kansas' top post target in the Class of 2007.

The 6-foot-10, 230 pounder gave his pledge to Kansas on Monday, per a source. The Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson standout selected the Jayhawks over North Carolina and Minnesota. Aldrich had been to Kansas numerous times, most recently for the beginning of practice in mid-October.

Rated the nation's No. 8 prospect overall, Aldrich is the top-ranked center in the Class of 2007. A strong inside presence, his summer highlight was the NBA Players Association Camp where he continued to prove that he's among the best young big men in the country.

Aldrich burst onto the scene two summers ago when he shared top player honors with Spencer Hawes at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. He ran with the Minnesota Magic in the summer after averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks as a sophomore.

Aldrich's commitment marks the first for Kansas in the Class of 2007. He is the second Top 10 prospect to make a firm commitment joining No. 2 Mike Beasley who verballed to Charlotte.


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