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Prospect Profile

Cole Aldrich

  • Full Name: Cole David Aldrich
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 245
  • Birthdate: October 31, 1988
  • College: Kansas
New Orleans Hornets (Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder) Round 1: Pick 11
2007-08 40 0 43 83 0.518 26 38 0.684 0 0 0.000 119 5 11 34 112 2.8
2008-09 35 35 199 333 0.598 122 154 0.792 0 0 0.000 387 36 21 94 520 14.9
2009-10 36 36 149 265 0.562 108 159 0.679 0 0 0.000 354 31 27 125 406 11.3

An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.


Career Highlights: Owns the Kansas school record for blocks in a season (125) and second on the career blocked shots list. Never lost in Allen Fieldhouse, posting a three-year record of 55-0. An AP Third Team All-American as a junior. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team for the second straight season. Named Honorable Mention AP All-American as a sophomore. A member of Kansas’ national title team as a freshman in 2007-08.


Junior (2009-10): Averaged 11.2 points and 9.8 rebounds with 15 double-doubles. Ranked 25th nationally and second in the Big 12 in rebounds per game. Blocked 125 shots to record a Kansas single-season record and ranked fifth in the nation and second in the conference in total swats. Named All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Honored as Third Team All-America by the Associated Press. Helped lead Kansas to a 33-3 season in which it won the Big 12 regular-season, Big 12 postseason championships and was ranked No. 1 for 15 weeks. Collected 19 points (8-11 FGs), 11 rebounds and three blocks at Iowa State. Had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks vs. Memphis. Tallied 18 points, six rebounds and five blocks vs. La Salle. Grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked four shots at Tennessee. Registered 12 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks at Texas Tech. Posted 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks at Colorado. Posted 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Missouri. Totaled 13 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks vs. Alcorn State.


Sophomore (2008-09):An All-Big 12 First Team selection who averaged a double-double (14.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg). Named the college basketball most improved player by Athlon and Other honors included Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Led the Big 12 in blocked shots with 2.7 per game (12th nationally). His 94 blocked shots ranked second on the KU single-season list. Ranked second in the Big 12 in rebounding (11.1 rpg), which was 10th nationally. Finished second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at .598 (15th nationally) and 10th in free throw percentage at .792. Recorded the first official triple-double in KU history against Dayton with 13 points, 20 rebounds (tied a career high) and a career-best 10 blocked shots. Also had 20 rebounds with 15 points at Oklahoma. Scored a career-high 24 points against Siena, adding 13 rebounds and four blocks. Posted 23 points and 13 rebounds vs. North Dakota State and 23 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State. Tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds vs. Syracuse. Recorded 18 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State. Scored 16 points with six blocked shots against Washington. Had six blocks vs. Tennessee.


Freshman (2007-08): Averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 8.3 minutes over Kansas’ national championship season. Ranked third on the team with 34 blocked shots. Tied a career-high with 17 minutes in the national semifinal against North Carolina where he recorded eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Registered the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Texas Tech on Senior Night. Led team with nine rebounds in 12 minutes against Missouri and seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action vs. Yale. Tied for a team-high with six rebounds and scored six points in 10 minutes of play in his KU debut against Loyola-Marymount.


Strengths: Long arms. Has true center size. Fundamentally sound. Excellent shot-blocker and a productive rebounder.


Personal: Named the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year as a junior.

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