Cole Aldrich, who scored 13 points in his season opener against St. Paul Harding, started the game slowly, but showed a nice drop step move and soft hands. He finished with eight points as the Jaguars lost 48-36 at home.
Aldrich led Minnesota Magic Gold to its fourth-straight state AAU championship last spring and was named first-team All-State by the AAU Boys Basketball Committee.
Aldrich averaged more than 20 points per game in the state tournament and scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against the New York Lightning in the AAU nationals in Orlando.
Despite lobbying from several in-state AAU programs, Aldrich says that he is going to play for the Minnesota Magic.
I got a chance to catch up with Aldrich after the game for a quick Q&A
Are you surprised by the attention that you are receiving from AAY coaches, college coaches and even reporters?
"It's a little bit of a shocker. My name would be out there just a little, but now it is starting to get out there. It's like I better not screw up."
Have you heard from any new schools recently?
"I've got a letter from Notre Dame last week. I went down there when we had a tournament in Indiana."
Are you thinking about college much yet?
"Not Really. A little bit in the back of my head. Whoever (as a high school senior) is going there next year, I'd only play with one year, if they stayed all four years. A freshman now will not even be there when I arrive."
How old are you now?
"15. I turned 15 on Halloween."
Have you made any basketball related visits recently
I went to Kansas and watched a game in Allen Fieldhouse against Tennessee-Chattanooga with my traveling coach and another player. It was awesome. I talked to Bill Self. He was really nice. We got to go to a closed practice. So that was really cool."
Aldrich does not look like the typical freshman. He is already 225 pounds after gaining 20 pounds since last year.
Aldrich has a 7-4 wingspan and has a frame that can put on weight.
Aldrich has a 6-5 senior brother at Jefferson, but he does not play basketball. His father is 6-2.
Aldrich used to play baseball and he might play football next season, according to his mother, who I got a chance to talk to while her son was taking a shower. Even though Aldrich is getting recruiting attention from some of the top programs in the country, the 15 year-old still needs mom to give him a ride home from his games.