CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team added Nick Aldridge (South Webster, OH/South Webster), a transfer from Western Carolina University, to the roster as a non-scholarship player. Aldridge, a 6-7 wing, joined the team today after completing his paperwork and receiving his acceptance to the University of Cincinnati.
"We are very excited to have Nick join us," said head coach Mick Cronin. "He has always wanted to be a Bearcat and that means a lot to me. Nick has proved that he can score and rebound against all types of opponents and with the loss of seniors John Williamson and Marcus Sikes, he can give us some experience at forward next season. He has time now to learn our system and get bigger and stronger which should help him get ready for next December when he is eligible."
Aldridge joins the program as a sophomore after competing in five games at Western Carolina this season where he averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Aldridge will sit out the remainder of this season and be eligible to play as a junior for the Bearcats after the 2008 fall quarter. Last year, he was the Catamounts' leading scorer putting up 18.3 points and pulling down 7.0 rebounds a game. In his college career, Aldridge has notched 10 20-plus point games including two 30-plus outings.
Aldridge, a native of South Webster, which is located two hours from Cincinnati, led his high school to a 27-6 record and the Ohio Division IV state championship as a senior in 2005-06, putting up 34 points in the championship game. He finished his high school career with 2,011 points, making him one of 37 players in Ohio high school basketball history to score more than 2,000 points.