Leadership Shown As A Junior
Robert Allen's Dallas (TX) Seagoville team needed a healthy dose of maturity. Allen had to release five players for disciplinary reasons. Someone had to take over and Lamarcus Aldridge was the natural choice.
"He's really stepped up to the plate," Allen said. "I like the way he's taking these young guys under his wings and has done a lot to motivate them in athletics and academics. He's been a tremendous leader. They've responded."
Seagoville is 0-2 in the district and 11-10 overall. It's now starting no less than 3 freshmen a night so the learning curve is a steep one.
Meanwhile, Aldridge keeps plugging away. He had 44 points in a game the other night and is averaging 26 a contest. "He's really doing well as far as shooting free throws better. He's making better decisions and playing stronger though he's had some problems with his back. He has a tremendous threshold for pain."
Being from Texas and being the owner of a long, slender body the comparisons to Georgia Tech's Chris Bosh are not only inevitable but warranted according to Allen. "They are so similar. Lamarcus runs the floor well. He's a tremendous shot blocker and can shoot it with the best of them. We use LaMarcus a lot to break the press because he's such a good ballhandler."
With the Bosh comparisons comes the Bosh-like attention. Allen says that behind the scenes, the prospect is down to five. Bosh himself once told us he liked Arkansas and Florida best but that was months ago. Now, other programs are involved and while we don't know the five, we can tell you, in alphabetical order, the cast looks like Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Seton Hall and Texas. Most of the head coaches have been in to see him this year, but we understand the Pirates have not and some of the schools on that list are much stronger contenders than others.