Aldrich Narrows Focus

After a long summer spent crisscrossing the country, Cole Aldrich has enjoyed some time off. Rather than worrying about which big named player he'll face next he's been busy spending time with his friends. However, after a few weeks away from the grind he's started thinking about schools again.

As a matter of fact, the 6-11 C from Bloomington (MN) Jefferson recently narrowed down his school list to three.

“We’ve narrowed it down to Kansas, Minnesota and North Carolina,” Cole Aldrich told “I’d probably still put Kansas on top.”

Although he was highly regarded heading into the summer not that many people outside of the Midwest had gotten a good look at Aldrich. Sure everybody knew he was big and strong, but questions about his skill level and whether he’d be able to get the job done against national competition persisted. That is, until he went out and showed everybody that he was substance and not just hype.

After leading his Minnesota Magic Elite 16 U team to a championship in the 16 and under bracket at the Kingwood Classic in April, Aldrich showed his stuff in places like Las Vegas, Chicago, and Teaneck, NJ. However, there is one player he matched up with who stood out from the rest.

“Definitely Greg Oden, he was by far the most athletic and skilled player I’ve ever played against,” marveled Aldrich. “At ABCD I thought that I gave him a run for his money but he still did well. I’ve never seen that large of a person that is so strong and quick, he’s amazing.”

As for his involvement with Kansas and head coach Bill Self, Aldrich explains that the way in which Kansas started recruiting him was unique. Having already drawn attention from Minnesota for a few years, Aldrich and his coach made a call down to Kansas because the coach’s sister lived in Lawrence. As it turns out he was in the building for the Self’s first regular season game in Allen.

“They had no idea who I was but we just called down there to see about getting some tickets and maybe getting a tour around campus,” said Aldrich. “They were nice enough to give me tickets and not because they knew me. That’s how I started to learn about them so it is kind of funny that I called them first and not the other way around.”

According to Aldrich he’d like to make a decision relatively early in the process but he’s yet to see North Carolina’s campus and that is something he hopes to take care of in the near future.

While he waits for school to start back up and for coaches to make their way to his school to watch him in open gyms, Aldrich doesn’t anticipate Kansas will change their recruiting strategy with him anytime soon which is just fine by him.

“I don’t think they’ve changed anything,” said Aldrich. “They’ve kind of kept their approach the same. I think that’s a good thing.” Top Stories