Aldrich Cuts List To Three

As much as he loves traveling the country and playing against the best high school basketball players in the country, Cole Aldrich goes out of his way to be as normal as possible. After missing much of his summer in order to chase his hoop dreams, the 6-11 center from Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson has been enjoying some down time as he prepares to start school in a few weeks.

"This last two weeks or so I've just been lifting some and hanging out with my friends, really I've been doing nothing," Aldrich said. "That is such a great feeling after the travel and all of the games. To just sit around and do nothing is nice."

Even though he's been spending his time relaxing with friends and catching a round of golf when he can, the rising junior hasn't completely forgotten about basketball. In fact he recently met with his parents and after some discussion with his parents he's cut his lengthy list of schools to just three programs—Kansas, Minnesota and North Carolina, with Kansas still holding a slight edge.

"The first couple of weeks I was home I didn't want to talk to anybody and just had my mom and dad tell people that I would call them back," said Aldrich. "We sat down and chose the top three and we've been telling everybody else thanks for calling and that we appreciate their interest but right now we're going in another direction and that we'll call if things change.'

According to Aldrich, Minnesota has been recruiting him hard since the seventh or eighth grade and Kansas followed soon after. North Carolina showed some early interest but things didn't heat up between the Heels and Aldrich until Roy Williams offered a scholarship last May. Regardless, the timing of his offers will now have little if any impact on his decision.

"I'm just happy that I got an offer from the national champions," said Aldrich. "That's a great thing right there."

Having already visited the campuses of Kansas and Minnesota on multiple occasions, the outgoing big man had hoped to get in a late summer unofficial visit to Chapel Hill. While that visit never materialized, Aldrich still hopes to make it out during the fall and is positive he'll make an official visit at some point.

"Initially we were going to try and get out there around this time for like a golf weekend or something but that didn't work out," said Aldrich. "We may get there in a month or two but I've got to talk to my parents about that. With being able to take official visits as a junior I was thinking that maybe I can get out there this winter. I'd love to get out there for a game but I don't how easy that will be with our schedules."

Now that there are only three schools in the hunt for his services, Aldrich is looking forward to getting his junior year started and enjoying what he has left of his summer. There is a chance that he'll make a decision by next spring but not until after he's seen Carolina's campus.

"It depends on when we get to see North Carolina," said Aldrich. "I haven't really thought about it much lately though because I've been focusing on kicking my buddies' butts in golf."

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