Aldrich Looking Ahead

Bill Self has been on the road for much of September making in-home visits to some of KU's potential targets. Though he's already received a verbal commitment from 6-11 Minnesota big man Cole Aldrich, stopping by Bloomington was definitely a priority.

In this day and age, recruiting never ends for a coach and his staff. Even with a verbal commitment coaches realize that nothing is set in stone. The big time schools must continue to heap attention on some of America’s best prospects to let them know they’re wanted.

It’s no surprise that Bloomington, MN was on head coach Bill Self’s list of places to visit this September. While the KU staff continues to court the best prospects from the class of 2007, Self and assistant Joe Dooley, made sure to stop by and let their lone ’07 commit know that he’s still very important to the future of this program.

A year ago at this time Self sat in the Aldrich home courting Cole’s parents and selling Kansas life, on the court and off. This time around, the visit was more about what to expect once’s #4 ranked center arrives in Lawrence.

“It was a real good visit we mostly talked about what to expect when I get down there. I’m leaving here right after High School ends. I’ll be down there probably first week of June right after school ends. (We talked about) different opportunities to work throughout the summer and go to school and just stuff like that,” stated Aldrich.

Aldrich’s letter of intent is expected to arrive at the KU basketball office on signing day in November. Until then, Self cannot comment on Aldrich due to NCAA rules, but he certainly shared some friendly advice for Cole as he embarks on his senior year at Jefferson High.

“He just said keep working hard in the weight room and on the court. Just have fun your senior year of high school and keep continuing to improve everyday. When I get there they’re going to work with specific things they want to do, but for the senior year basketball-wise just play the best you can and have a hell of a year,” Cole told

So for Aldrich his goals and what he’s looking forward to the most are simple.

“Just enjoying it,” answered Cole. “My last year of high school just enjoying as much as I can but you know keep a straight head and keep playing hard and having a good season.”

Cole is working out 3-5 days a week in preparation for this season. He’s determined to get the right mix of hard work and fun out of his final high school year.

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