Aldrich Emerging As Top Target

In recruiting, attention is always a good thing and Cole Aldrich has already gotten plenty of it. The 6-11 BF/C from Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson already handles the media like a pro and for somebody who is only 16 years old possesses a remarkably mature and easy-going attitude.

Of course, Aldrich is no dummy either and he realizes that it is his skills on the court that have earned him so much attention. Already being chased heavily by the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan State and others, the big man recently added an offer from North Carolina.

Interestingly enough, Aldrich got the offer while driving to Lawrence, Kansas to play in a tournament on the Kansas campus last weekend.

"It's been crazy, I've gotten like 20 phone calls from people wanting to do stories since I got home," said Aldrich of his latest rush of attention. "I'm having a hard time keeping things straight and remembering who is who."

As for his conversation with Roy Williams last Thursday, Aldrich indicated that there was on offer on the table and that the Heels would like to become a player in his recruitment.

"He just said that basically if I had any interest in Carolina that I would be the number one recruit they go after in that class," Aldrich said. "I thought that was pretty cool."

He'll be the first to admit that his game is a bit further along on the defensive end and the boards but Aldrich is a capable scorer as well. He has good touch on short jumpers, is developing a nifty jump hook and makes a high percentage of his free throws. He already checks in at around 240 pounds, runs the floor very well and explodes to the rim for jams around the basket.

While Williams didn't discuss exactly how Aldrich would potentially fit in, he's watched enough of the Heels to have an idea.

"He didn't really say, but I'm thinking that with the way they play up and down he probably likes the way that I run the floor," said Aldrich. "They say that they like to get it into their big guys first and that makes me happy because I know that I'd get some touches."

Flattered to have received an early offer, Aldrich is cautious to point out that he's in no hurry to decide. He also admits that Kansas still holds an early advantage over the other schools involved.

Finally, Aldrich is a guy who really enjoys the atmosphere of a college campus and right now he's planning to take all of his visits before deciding. Odds are that North Carolina will remain in the mix when that time comes.

"I like them and they definitely have a great tradition," said Aldrich. "With them and Duke over there you have one of the greatest rivalries in sports. It's cool to have all of these options."

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