Aldrich Earns Super-Sized Honor

Jayhawk-to-be Cole Aldrich has reached the pinnacle of high school basketball. The talented center from Bloomington, Minnesota has been named to the McDonald's All-American team. Jordan, LeBron, Shaq, and Kobe  -- and now Aldrich's name will also reside among some of the game's greats.

Cole Aldrich, who’s in the midst of an impressive senior campaign at Jefferson Senior High School has certainly put things together and saved his best for last. After a sub-par spring and summer marred by injuries and sub-standard play, Aldrich has raised his game to the next level and he will be rewarded with an appearance in the most prestigious high-school all-star game March 28th, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Cole's a really good story this year. He rode the spring and summer roller coaster, put in a strong senior season, and now he's an All-American. He's earned his stripes and for his body of work he's headed to the nation's most prestigious all-star game. Spots this year, like every season, are tough to come by and this is a great accomplishment,” said’s National Recruiting Director, Dave Telep.

As if signing with a program like KU wasn’t pressure enough, now Aldrich will have to live up to the McDonald’s hype. There are those who have lived up to the hype, and those who have not. Considering Aldrich’s work ethic and rate of improvement, there’s no reason to believe Cole won’t handle the pressure. It’s a pressure that Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins have both responded to this season at KU, and Telep believes Aldrich will be a solid contributor for head coach Bill Self.

"At Kansas I expect him compete for playing time, slide right into Self's offensive style and eventually be an anchor inside for the Jayhawks." Top Stories