"It doesn't mean that much," Aldridge candidly revealed. "He (Gibson) wouldn't go to a school because of me. I mean, obviously he didn't base his decision on the school I went to because he made his decision earlier than I did. I have to base my decision on which school is best for me."
"I think you could say that it helps Texas," said Aldridge, emphasizing 'helps' to indicate that nothing could be deemed final because of that.
"Me and Gibson did talk about going to Texas together," Aldridge confessed, "but it just helps them."
Perhaps he's looking to build a little more "hype"?
"I will have to make the decision that is best for me," Aldridge maintained. "I'm not just going to base my decision on what somebody else does. I'm not just going to follow Daniel Gibson."
When Gibson came off a really impressive visit to Lawrence -- primarily due to an incredible environment with lots of love being thrown, not to mention the KU program's storied "tradition" -- allowing the Jayhawks to close the gap on long time leader Texas, needless to say, things got a little hairier for Orangebloods. And Gibson was a kid claiming Texas had a pretty good lead just a couple of weeks before his Feb. 27th decision. So you really never know.
The fact that North Carolina offers all of the above as well as a special place in his heart, the Tarheel threat is nothing tom scoff at. And considering Aldridge's apparent enthusiasm for Florida, which he says has everything he could want out of a school (save for Gibson, which seemingly is not that significant), not to mention an assurance of early playing time at the position he wants to play coupled with the facilities being top-of-the-line already, I would say those two schools create a more than formidable challenge for Texas to secure the Seagoville standout's signature.
He seemingly has a clear-cut big three in Texas, Florida and UNC -- which are all in good shape -- but with Georgia Tech and Miami not really that far behind, it places a premium on the official visits. And this is where this one will be decided, not because Daniel Gibson committed to Texas, though it does help.
Now that may be enough to put Texas in the lead, but to assume the Horns have a substantial lead at this point seems premature. This race is more wide-open than what many may previously have believed.
That said, the Horns are in the thick of it as Rick Barnes and Co. look toward something bigger than the inking of one McDonald's All-American in the same class: landing two future McDonald's All-Americans.
Which bring us to what kind of timeframe hoopniks are looking at with regard to Aldridge's announcement.
"My deadline date is the early [November] Signing Period," Aldridge told IT. "At least by then. But I got my top five right now and am looking to set up official visits with them in the near future. If everything goes right, I'm thinking the end of the summer or September."
We'll be on top of it. Stay tuned...