Friday, June 26, 2009

Aldrich’s dad: Cole content at KU

All-Big 12 first-teamer Cole Aldrich, right, walks off the court with Big 12 Player of the Year Blake Griffin of Oklahoma.

All-Big 12 first-teamer Cole Aldrich, right, walks off the court with Big 12 Player of the Year Blake Griffin of Oklahoma.


Kansas University junior-to-be Cole Aldrich told the Journal-World before the NBA Draft he had no second thoughts about putting the pros on hold another year.

His dad, Walt, 51, of Bloomington, Minn., provided his take on his son’s skipping Thursday’s draft to the hometown St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“I was telling the guys at the firehouse the other day that it’s hard to believe someone turning down a million dollars to play basketball,” said Walt Aldrich, a volunteer fireman and unemployed sheet metal worker.

“But in the long run, he'll be better off,” Walt added. “Cole has no regrets about staying in school. Like he said, he might as well enjoy college and playing basketball because, next year, he'll be doing it as a job. And that’s true. It’s a job. The (NBA) probably would work him a lot more than in college — 80 games compared to 40.”

Walt’s son on Sunday will travel to work the Amare Stoudemire camp in Mesa, Ariz.

Cole’s dad, meanwhile, is hoping to find employment with a year to go before his son hits the big payday in the 2010 Draft.

“For too long,” Walter told the Pioneer Press, referring to being unemployed in this tough economy.


overseashawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Is it just me or does this picture of Blake Griffin make him look like a blind giant using Cole Aldrich as his guide dog?

Trey Hohman 10 years, 7 months ago

Wow. That was the worst NBA draft ever....(Jordan Hill goes 7th overall & Austin Daye is a top-20 pick???!!!! ) -- I really think if Cole had come out this year, he would've easily been taken 2nd overall, no doubt, after watching this terrible draft tonight....Thabeet is going to be HORRIBLE!!!! -- He's going to make Sam Bowie & Darko Milicic seem like a younger-in-shape Shaq.

Where would've Sherron have gone this year? - My guess, he would've gone to the Lakers at 29 (even though he hypothetically would've deserved to go higher) & they would've kept him to back up D. Fischer instead of trading the pick to NY) -- either way, he's absolutely going to inevitably be a much better pro point guard than B. Jennings, Jrue Holiday or Jonny Flynn...Wow. Just a dreadful draft...

Robert Brock 10 years, 7 months ago

Cole needs to get a lot stronger before facing The League. He made a good decision.

Benjamin Clay Jones 10 years, 7 months ago

If Cole loves college so much (he says, "I'm having the time of my life"), why not stay for his senior season, too? No law that says you have to turn pro before your eligibility is up.

jaybate 10 years, 7 months ago

I hope Cole buys some insurance to offset the risk of losing his pro career to an injury in thug ball.

keith horinek 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad he stayed too! He has a chance to be player of the year. I don't understand the draft. I watched it last night too. Why does the NBA require the "local" kids to be 21 to enter the draft (which I agree with) but the european kids don't have to meet that requirement? Ricky Rubio, picked 5th from Spain, is only 18 years old.

nash_hawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Whichever KU players are drafted next year, let us hope that they are not reunited with Mario and Darrell at the 2010 NBA rookie orientation camp. Two attempts is quite enough Mario and Darrell...we are sure you learned your lesson and will show significantly more maturity this go around.

The 2009-'10 KU season is going to be so awesome!


JayhawkCasey 10 years, 7 months ago

Jaybate, You are always saying thug ball. Do you really think that college ball is worse than pro? If you do you are crazy.

Oljhwk, The NBA does not require local kids to be 21. They require them to be 19 or one year past their high school class graduation. Just trying to clarify.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 7 months ago

Why does the writer assume Cole is going to dole over his made money when he is in the NBA?

His Dad needs to take care of himself and not depend on Cole.

Tim Orel 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm not wondering so much where Sherron and Cole would have gone. My wondering is where Chalmers and Arthur would have gone.

BabyJayBate 10 years, 7 months ago

coloradojayhawk- You would think that both Chalmers and Arthur would have been lottery picks in this draft. They would have at least been top 20.

kcblackhawk19 10 years, 7 months ago

The number 6 overall pick of Minnesota's would have surely been the perfect fit for Cole. He would have had the opportunity to play along side another quality big in Al Jefferson and he would be playing for his hometown Timberwolves. He also would have the added benefit of playing with pass first point guard Ricky Rubio. The only thing the TWolves would have been missing is a scoring perimeter player, preferably one who was a shooter and could help space the floor.

Thats all wishful thinking though. Judging by the moves that were made by the Timberwolves their GM probably wouldn't have had the vision to add Cole anyway. Seems he has a fettish for undersized point gaurds.

jayhawkinnc 10 years, 7 months ago

As long as they are teammates, I hope B-Rush will relentlessly give Hansbrough constant crap about the '08 Final Four game and how KU made him look like a beeeotch!

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 7 months ago


In defense of Jaybate (not that he needs anyone to)..... For you to say that there is not a difference between college and the NBA is rediculous. It's a huge jump in the physicalness (if that's not a word it should be) of the game. Everyone recognizes this...everyone.

John Strayer 10 years, 7 months ago

Keithsmile...nice sentiment for a person who may have sacraficed more than we know for his son...."go take care of yourself"...typical "me first" mentality in our society now days...and people make fun of the old days when families took care of each other....good grief.

BabyJayBate 10 years, 7 months ago

jaybate- Could you give me a thorough explanation of what you mean by "thug ball"?

KGphoto 10 years, 7 months ago


Yeah, I can't get past the picture. Blake is at least an inch taller than Cole. He's either wearing heels, tip toeing, or Cole is starting to fall from that vulcan neck thingy Blake is laying on him.

Cole looks like he's trying to say something, but it's too late. Something like, "I would like to enter my name in the NBA dra.... aauugh.. aaaaahhhg"

wrwlumpy 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Carroll from MU in my opinion deserved his pick in the 1st round. Other than Bracken, no one gave the Jayhawks a tougher matchup, probably because Bake was injured both times he was suppose to play us.

odc213 10 years, 7 months ago

IS COLE A FULL 6'11" as he is listed??? Look at that photo!

Trey Hohman 10 years, 7 months ago


Santa Claus with his big fat-ass could've gone in the first round last night & it would've been an improvement given the draft pool talent this year...I'm also sure the Easter Bunny's got a better jumpshot than Rubio...

JayhawkCasey 10 years, 7 months ago

NebraskaJayhawk, Read my comment before you comment on it. I said Jaybate you are crazy if you think pro is not more physical than college, because he always calls college ball "thug ball".

tstanlick1909 10 years, 7 months ago

Cole may not be the full 6 11 but thats not important

Power in the paint has less to do with height than it does length

Even if Cole is actually 6 10 which he might be, his wing span is well over 7 feet and that is whats important, i mean he isnt blocking or shooting the ball with his dome is he?

Milhawkee 10 years, 7 months ago

@overseashawk: I "see" your "Blind Giant." :)

Eric Williams 10 years, 7 months ago

KEITHMILES05 (anonymous) says...

Why does the writer assume Cole is going to dole over his made money when he is in the NBA?

His Dad needs to take care of himself and not depend on Cole.

Wow, you're a grade A jagoff. Cole's Dad and family ENCOURAGED him to go back to school. They told Cole NOT to worry about his dad's employment status.

If his dad was trying to "depend" on Cole, don't you think he would have pushed him toward the NBA. His dad truly wants his son to be successful in the NBA, not just earning a paycheck.

Get a life.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 7 months ago

You have it all wrong. It is the writer of this article how strongly inferred Cole's dad will depend on him.

Who is the jerkoff now? LMAO

Tony Bandle 10 years, 7 months ago

College ball today is approaching the "rough" level. Cole may need some insurance

NBA ball is approaching the "Wrestlemania" level. Cole may need a tag team partner.

I agree with Jaybate!!!

Jayhawker413 10 years, 7 months ago

RALSTER.... Did you see Joakim Noah in the playoffs or are you just basing your opinion on his hair which would make you extremely arrogant... There are few people in the NBA who work as hard as he does and I think most the GM's in the NBA would love to have a player like him on their roster... Talk about a great role model for all these wannabe ballers that think that they can make it on the next level just on talent alone

mikehawk 10 years, 7 months ago

If Sherron would have been in the draft, would anyone have taken Johnny Flynn before him? Or before Stephen Curry? No way! Depending on the draft next year, I think Sherron may surprise some folks on how high he goes. That was one weak draft.

Dan Cook 10 years, 6 months ago

Before anyone bags on Jordan Hill, let's remember he abused Cole in the desert last year. It was that game that truly showed Cole he had a ways to go. Granted, he got better as the year went along, but the extra year at KU should make him much more prepared to handle the strength needed in the NBA. His lower body strength especially still needs work.

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

coloradojayhawk- my thoughts exactly.

Chalmers had a great year in the NBA but Arthur not so much. Both would have been drafted higher, made much more money and had another year of development. Not that Chalmers needed it. Arthur definetly should have stayed.

Eric TheCapn 10 years, 6 months ago


Haha. Exactly! It weirds me out every time they show it!


Ryan Mullen 10 years, 6 months ago

Agreed whoisjohngalt,

Blind Giant comment may be the funniest thing I have read on any posts on

mandomax 10 years, 6 months ago

Also, BG looks almost as tall or taller than Aldrich? I thought Griffin was listed at 6'9 and Cole at 6'11? Must be the fancy shoes...

jeremycasefan 10 years, 6 months ago

Griffen looks like a retard I really hope cole stays even until his senior year

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