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Source: KU's Aldrich entering NBA Draft

Posted on: March 29, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2010 12:51 pm

Kansas center Cole Aldrich is entering the 2010 NBA Draft, a source has told

An official announcement will come Monday afternoon.

Aldrich is a projected lottery pick.

He averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Jayhawks this season.
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Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 8:26 pm

Source: KU's Aldrich entering NBA Draft

DR, You are so "off base" with Cole.   Cole was a very "good" college post man..but in the Pros he will be slow and awkward.  Remember Greg O and his career. That will be Cole.  I don't blame him for leaving school if some team makes a mistake and picks him in the top 10.  He's a great kid but will get beat up in the Pros.  Speed and the ability to get his shot off quicker was his downfall in college.  The ability to get the ball in the hoop is still the name of the game in basketball.  Good luck Cole.

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:58 pm

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The feelings are reciprocated, lennysixteen. I fee the same way about Mizzou. Maybe some day they will call a truce to this border war (long after we are dead and gone). But let's not turn this into a 'mutual hate' thread. Go Hawks!

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:44 pm

Source: KU's Aldrich entering NBA Draft

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:40 pm

Source: KU's Aldrich entering NBA Draft

Am glad I am responding to your post. I hate Cansass,but I bet with my wallet not my heart. I have picked them to win the Big 12 the last 5 yrs. in JULY. He'll be okay. Like you stated about Pierce being the ONLY big name from KU not being a roll player. One thing I've always said about the players coming from there is they tend to stick around for 8-12 yrs. And your right about replacing him with someone better (it'll happen) and probably bigger. Sure hope Anderson gets somebody like him. Oh and Cole good luck and make your parents retire! Go Tigers!

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:19 pm

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I think this is a good move for Cole.  His stock can’t get any higher than it is and I honestly think he’s ready.  In the league, he won’t be depended on for his offense and he’ll be able to play more to his strengths; defense and rebounding.  He is a solid free throw shooter (around 70%) and can knock down the 15 footer if he’s open.   Every NBA team needs or wants a true center, someone who can stop opposing team’s slashers and affect shots in the lane.  He’ll have a solid pro career. 

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:18 pm

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I suppose you think Sherron Collins will make it better in the NBA?  Also they are saying perhaps Cousins, Wall and Patterson are leaving from Kentucky to go to the NBA.  Perhaps they also have a better chance.  I think not out of all of these guys, Aldrich as been the most consistent player.  Yes he is white, slow, not very athletic.  Oh, they said that about Bird.  I know he is not in that category either but he will make a decent player.  By the way, if all you have to do is foul Howard and he cannot hit a free throw for nothing. Hope Aldrich proves everyone of his critics wrong.

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:52 pm

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I stand amended, I must have missed that comment. I was aware of his academic ethic but not of his families' financial concerns. Don't mean to be negative about him or KU, I'm just expressing my 'unworthy' opinion.

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:32 pm

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Cole shoots a good % from the free throw line for a guy his size (around 75% for his career) and he draws lots of lane violations with his shot motion.  Didn't Larry Bird have one of the most awkward looking shots ever and how'd that turn out for him.  Cole has a high shot release so his jump shot doesn't get blocked very often.  The best comparison I can make for who Cole's game reminds me of is Dikembe Mutumbo, great rebounder and shot blocker and all around low post defensive player who had a very long career because of his rebounding and defensive prowess.  I don't think Cole will ever be a guy that averages 20-10 in the NBA, but he has the skill set to be a guy that averages 11-12 rebounds and game and 2-3 blocks a game and be able to stay on the court at the end of games because of his free throw shooting.  He should be a great role player that can have a 12-13 year career in the NBA because of his defense and rebounding.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:15 pm

Greg Oestertag? Mark Randall? Scott Pollard?

Stop me if you've seen this movie, Lumbering, slow, gravity challenged Jayhawk.

The fact he will probably go in the lottery because of the above mentioned characteristics proves only one thing, he will play 1-12 years in the NBA and average 4.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6 fouls, and make more money than I will see in a lifetime.

Rock Chock Cha Ching

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:54 pm

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Cole Aldrich a lottery pick?  Is the NBA that void of talented big men?  I heard Bobby Knight raving about Aldrich all season but I didn't realize how awkward his shot & free throw shot were.  If Thabeet from Connecticut can't crack the starting line-up I'm not sure if Cole Aldrich is a lottery pick.  Thabeet seemed to have better athletic skills, obviously not as big, and he was sent down to the devlopment league. 

There's a lot of big guy busts in the NBA from Thabeet, Michael Olowokandi, Big Country Bryant Reeves, Adonal Foyle who all seemed to translate to more promising NBA careers than Aldrich.  Whoever's working on fixing Tim Tebow's throw release might want to start working on Aldrich's shot before the NBA draft as it's terrible.  Chris Kaman is going to look like Wilt Chamberlain next to Cole Aldrich. 

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