Draft 2010 | Cole Aldrich
Name: Cole Aldrich
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Draft Prospect Preview: Aldrich
Jonah Ballow caught up with Jayhawk Radio Network studio host Josh Klingler for analysis on Bloomington, MN native Cole Aldrich.
A shade under 7-feet tall, Cole Aldrich is one of the true centers entering the 2010 Draft. Aldrich was a force on the defensive side of the floor for Kansas by averaging 3.5 blocked shots. Statistically, Aldrich enjoyed his best season in 2008 following the Jayhawks National Championship year. He uses a long wingspan to irritate opposing players driving the lane and grabs double-digit boards on a nightly basis. Offensively, Aldrich likes to set up on the blocks, establish low-post position and finish with a right jump hook. When Aldrich receives double team pressure, he remains patient before snapping an on-target pass on the perimeter to open shooters. In most cases, the big man does an above average job at sealing his defender to provide an easy target for the guards throwing an entry pass into the paint.
By Jonah Ballow
Aldrich was a sure-fire lottery pick last season but decided to return for a shot at the national title. His numbers regressed in the junior campaign but he was surrounded by a more talented cast of players. NBA teams might be concerned with Aldrich's lack of athleticism and explosiveness around the rim. He does not overwhelm opponents with quickness as he mainly relies on instincts. Aldrich rarely steps outside the paint for a face-up jumper while his shooting mechanics are a bit awkward, resembling former Bulls center Bill Cartwright. The hope for a lottery team that selects Aldrich is that he develops a mean streak to dominate on the offensive side of the floor.
By Jonah Ballow
How would he howl?
Of course Minnesotans would love to welcome back the Bloomington native to his home state. On the court, Aldrich offers a specific need for the Wolves at the center position, especially his ability to defend the paint. Minnesota can afford to develop Aldrich as a scorer while taking advantage of his tremendous defensive instincts. Aldrich also possesses intelligence and maturity, which immediately limits the "bust" factor when considering his mentality to work hard in the practice gym. At 21-years old, Aldrich is physically prepared to battle NBA 7-footers after spending three years in the Big 12 Conference on one of the top teams in the country.
By Jonah Ballow
His Game Resembles
Chad Ford's Top 100
"Aldrich announced on March 29th that he is declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft. He is one of the few true centers in the draft with any serious buzz. While he didn't have a stellar junior season, he has proved to be an active rebounder and shot-blocker. Offensively, he also shows some promise, especially with an unorthodox 15-foot jump shot he likes to sling. While not every NBA GM is in love with him (his upside seems to be Joel Przybilla) he looks like a lock for the top 10."
"A likely top-10 pick last year, Cole Aldrich elected to return for his junior season at Kansas, a move that surprised some considering the obvious risks involved. With the demand for long-armed, mobile 7-foot centers with strong rebounding and defensive skills always being extremely high, though, Aldrich’s margin for error was obviously much greater than that of a prospect like Willie Warren or Craig Brackins, who have seen their decisions back-fire in a major way. "
"Smooth bigman with great length and developing skills who has quickly become the premiere center in the country ... Shows solid basketball understanding/fundamentals and a high motor ... Made a huge jump during his sophomore season (going from a 3ppg 3 rpg player to 15 ppg and 11 rpg) and appears ready to take his game to another level in his junior season ... "
Mock Draft Recap
Ford's Mock Draft
No. 6 to Golden State
No. 14 to Houston
No. 10 to Indiana
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