NBA Draft Profile: LaMarcus Aldridge

In the days leading up to the June 24 NBA Draft, will give you the scouting report on the nine high school players with a shot to be selected in the first round of this year's draft. Today, we profile <b>Seagoville High (Texas)</b> power forward <b>LaMarcus Aldridge</b>.

LaMarcus Aldridge
Seagoville High (Texas)
Power Forward, 6-11, 228

Strengths: He's a multi-talented power forward who can score in the post, handle the ball and shoot it from the perimeter, earning him comparisons with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh, another skinny big man from Texas. Aldridge is also extremely long and athletic, making him an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. He has the skills to play either forward spot down the road in the NBA.

Weaknesses: He's extremely thin and isn't yet ready for the physical nature and toughness of the pro game. He also didn't play well in postseason all-star games, which caused his stock to drop. In the NBA, he doesn't yet have the quickness to play on the perimeter, nor does he have the strength to play inside.

The Lowdown: Aldridge, who has signed with the University of Texas, said in April that he would attend Texas and not enter the draft, but he changed his mind in May and decided to test the draft. However, he did not hire an agent, and most people believe he will withdraw from the draft by the June 17 deadline and go to college. If he plays for the Longhorns for a year or two and works on his weaknesses, he could be a lottery pick in a few years, much like Bosh. If he stays in the draft, he'll likely be a late first-rounder this year.

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