Butler 2013 Yearbook: Jackson Aldridge

InsideTheDawgPound breaks down Jackson Aldridge's 2012-13 season and looks forward to 2013-14

In the Butler Yearbook feature, InsideTheDawgPound will take a look at each player on the roster heading into the new school year and season. We analyze last season's performance and where the player could be headed during the upcoming season.

First up in the 2013 Yearbook is point guard Jackson Aldridge.


Jackson Aldridge

#11 - Junior - 6-foot, 187 pounds

Sydney, Australia

2012-13 Final Stats

PPG – 0.8

Total Points – 20

RPG – 0.8

Total Rebounds – 18

Offensive Rebounds – 1

Defensive Rebounds – 17

APG – 0.7

Total Assists – 17

BPG – 0.0

Total Blocks – 0

SPG – 0.2

Total Steals – 5

Shooting Stats

FGA – 24

FGM - 4

FG% - 16.7

3PA – 8

3PM – 2

3PT% - 25.0

FTA – 15

FTM – 10

FT% - 66.7

Total Fouls – 15

Average Minutes – 6.0

Games Played – 24

Games Started – 0

2012-13 Season in Review:Last season was a slight disappointment for Aldridge. After playing in 35 games as a freshman in Indianapolis, Aldridge saw his time cut to just 24 appearances and a quarter of the minutes (478 to 145). Aldridge saw his most significant playing time against IUPUI, Hanover, and Marquette (Maui Invitational) last season. He had season-best efforts with 7 points against Hanover, 2 assists against Pennsylvania, and 21 minutes of action against Marquette.

With Rotnei Clark on the floor as a combo guard, Butler needed Aldridge to step up and taking control of the point guard position. Instead Aldridge saw his minutes cut as the season progressed. Last season was a step back in the development of Aldridge as a significant piece on the Butler roster.

2013-14 Season Preview: Aldridge showed glimpses of making strides during Butler's four game trip to Australia this spring. Aldridge showed an aggressiveness on offense, better decision making, and handled pressure well. Despite the improved play, Aldridge failed to secure the starting point guard position during the trip. Brandon Miller hinted that the point guard position was still in flux and there would be a committee of players trying to fill the position for the Bulldogs. Aldridge will be battling with Rene Castro, Alex Barlow, Devontae Morgan, and Elijah Brown for playing time in the back court.

It does look like Aldridge could have a bigger role than he did last season after averaging just 6 minutes per game. If he can continue to improve his decision making and ball handling, Aldridge could be an important piece for Butler. Aldridge needs to blend taking care of the ball better with improved shooting. If he can provide a spark off the bench scoring, while protecting the ball, Aldridge can be a huge asset to the Bulldogs.

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