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 CBSSports.com.
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.
Posted on: January 10, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2010 2:46 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- I've had a couple of people send a video that seems incredible, if real.
And I think it's real.
But I'm not 100 percent certain.
I'm in the lobby of the Knoxville Marriott right now, and when Cole Aldrich walks down to leave for Thompson-Boling Arena I'll make sure to ask for confirmation. Anyway, the video shows Aldrich and three others -- can't really tell who -- draining halfcourt shots ... back to back to back to back. Click this link to check it out. And if Aldrich steps away from the basket this afternoon, don't be surprised if Sherron Collins goes to him in anticipation of the underhanded toss.
(UPDATE: It's real)
As promised, I just talked to Cole.
His answer: "It's real."
Turns out, the whole thing went down last week before practice. Cole said they take halfcourt shots all the time, and that they make them all the time. But he said they'd never made four straight until the other day.
"We've made two in a row a bunch of times," Aldrich said. "But never four."
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 2:16 pm
The Big 12 released its official preseason honors Thursday, and the first thing I noticed was that Texas' Avery Bradley won Freshman of the Year instead of Kansas' Xavier Henry. Truth be told, that's how I'd vote, too (as my All-America teams show). But I wasn't sure if the league's coaches would see things similarly. So I found that interesting.
Anyway, that's the first thing I noticed.
But the next thing I noticed was insane: Cole Aldrich and Willie Warren were not consensus All-Big 12.
Is it as silly as the Tim Tebow snub by Steve Spurrier?
But I'd love to hear somebody explain how Aldrich and Warren -- both of whom are CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans -- don't belong on the All-Big 12 team, because there is at least one coach who voted that way. Meantime, Sherron Collins and Craig Brackins were unanimous selections, and I'm OK with that. But not voting for Aldrich and Warren is inexplicable, I think.
Here's how the All-Big 12 team should look:
Posted on: October 21, 2008 2:43 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 3:10 pm
The first comment posted under the Top 25 (and one) column featured the following subject line:
The post was about my omission of Kansas from the preseason Top 25 (and one), a decision that has garnered the most feedback, both positive and negative. Readers seem to either strongly believe the Jayhawks should be ranked because they are the "defending national champions" or that they should not be ranked because they lost all five starters and six of their top seven scorers.
I obviously agree with the latter.
But either way, that's the debate -- whether Kansas should be ranked or unranked. I spent the afternoon listening to both sides and then decided to solicit another opinion Monday night, which is when I went to the leading expert on all things Kansas basketball.
His name is Bill Self.
I asked him whether I should've ranked his Jayhawks.
"I'd say probably not," Self answered, and suddenly I didn't feel so idiotic. "I'll know more a month from now, and I think by the end of the year we could be. But if it's based on where we start, no way."
(Note to Kansas fans: I'll accept your apologies via email or the comments section below.)
In all seriousness, let me say this: There is a case to be made for Kansas being ranked, but it has nothing to do with the Jayhawks being the "defending national champions." Understand, these Jayhawks are the defending national champions in name only. So please stop with the but-they-are-the-defending-national
(It's worth noting that though most ranked Florida last preseason, I did not. Why? Because I'm brilliant, that's why.)
Bottom line, it's hard not to slip when you lose five or more key players.
So it's reasonable to expect the Jayhawks to slip.
But to those dead-set on arguing that the Jayhawks won't slip as far as Florida slipped (i.e., to the NIT), I would suggest you dump the they-are-the-defending-national-cha
"We have an anchor (in Aldrich) and we have a point (in Collins), and that's more than a lot of people who lost what we lost have," Self said. "With Sherron and Cole, I feel totally comfortable with those guys, and I think the talent-level around them is good. But (how good we'll be will) depend on whether or not we can get them to guard because right now it's pitiful."
Perhaps that's why the first thing out of Self's mouth Monday night was that he had "just finished another sh-tty" practice -- though he correctly added that was probably the case for 90 percent of the coaches in America. Either way, I'm well aware Kansas is capable of proving me wrong, which is why I listed the Jayhawks as one of the "10 teams that could make me pay for not ranking them." But for now, there are more questions than answers in Lawrence, and that's why I believe it's reasonable to leave Kansas unranked in the preseason.
Posted on: October 8, 2008 8:04 am
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: With all the defections Kansas had -- similar to Florida's after the (second) national championship -- how are (the Jayhawks) so high in the preseason (polls). Are they that loaded?
In short, no, this is not a "loaded" Kansas team -- which is why I don't have the Jayhawks in the preseason Top 25 (and one). My guess is that this will be a transitional year for them (relative to their own standards), but I do think returning Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich puts Kansas in a better position this season than Florida was in last season because Collins and Aldrich provide a better core than the Walter Hodge/Marreese Speights core with which Billy Donovan was left. Furthermore, the level of play nationally won't be as high this season as it was last season because Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley and the other one-and-done prospects weren't replaced by a similarly talented group of incoming freshmen. Thus, Kansas' fall post title should be less drastic than Florida's. But I'm still not sure how three Big 12 coaches could vote the Jayhawks first in the preseason Big 12 poll, not when you consider they lost their top four scorers -- and six of their top seven -- and didn't sign an obvious star who is guaranteed to dominate from the start of his freshman season. Those votes are more of a sign of respect than anything else, and perhaps the Jayhawks deserve it. But there's always a cost that comes with losing such a significant amount of talent at the same time, and Kansas figures to pay it, to some degree or another.