Monday, March 30, 2009

Region honors Aldrich

Kansas sophomore center Cole Aldrich is interviewed during a news conference on March 24 outside the locker rooms at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas sophomore center Cole Aldrich is interviewed during a news conference on March 24 outside the locker rooms at Allen Fieldhouse.


With tournament loss, focus turns to future of Aldrich and Collins

Now that the tournament is over for the Jayhawks, the focus has turned to the possibility of Aldrich and Collins announcing their draft eligibility.


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Kansas University sophomore center Cole Aldrich on Sunday was named to the NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional team.

Michigan State’s Goran Suton, Kalin Lucas and Travis Walton and Louisville’s Earl Clark also were voted to the squad by media members covering the tournament.

Suton, who scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 64-52 Elite Eight victory over Louisville, was the regional’s most outstanding player.

Aldrich, a 6-foot-11, 245-pounder from Bloomington, Minn., averaged 17.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 5.3 blocks in Midwest Regional victories over North Dakota State and Dayton and a loss to Michigan State.

He had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in Kansas' 60-43 second-round victory over Dayton. His was the sixth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history and the first official triple-double in KU history.

Aldrich had 23 points and 13 rebounds in KU’s 84-74 first-round victory over North Dakota State and 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Jayhawks’ 67-62 season-ending loss to MSU in the Sweet 16.

Aldrich finished the 2008-09 season with 94 blocked shots, three shy of the school record of 97 set by Greg Ostertag in 1993-94.

Aldrich became the first Jayhawk since Wayne Simien in 2004-05 to average a double-double.

Simien averaged 20.3 points and 11 rebounds his senior season, while Aldrich averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds in 2008-09.


David Reed 13 years, 4 months ago

I think they'd prefer not to honor two guys from the same team especially if that team did'nt make it to the regional finals

Jacobpaul81 13 years, 4 months ago

Way to go Cole! You were a monster in the first two games. Now we just need to get you tough enough to handle a guy like Suton, and you'll be bad---.

Defense. Sherron ain't on the list cause he got burned over and over. Ben Woodside tore him up. Everyone on Dayton drove on him. How do you think Cole got 10 blocks? Lucus and Walton ate Sherron alive on the offensive and defensive end. They smothered him with traps on defense, and drove right around him on offense. The Regional people saw that.

loudog 13 years, 4 months ago

One more year, one more year, one more year, one more year!!!!

Jonathan Allison 13 years, 4 months ago

Cole and Sherron both need to enter their names in the draft pool, but niether of them ought to be hiring an agent any time soon.

Steve Brown 13 years, 4 months ago

For anyone helping with Recruiting videos get the clip from this morning Mike & Mike ESPN where Greenie (sp) and Gotlieb were discussing if Calipari should go to Kentucky. Greenie thought not. Gottlieb (sp) reported that there were ONLY 5 or 6 big time college basketball programs in the country. NC, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas and maybe Indiana... a good clip to show recruits if they don't already KNOW.

NebraskaJayhawk 13 years, 4 months ago


If you are referring to me as a Sherron hater, you are wrong in your assumption. I think Collins is an excellent basketball player and I agree completely with you in that this team would not have gotten far without his leadership & ability. My brief question was one of curiousity only. Obviously we all want the same end result from the teams that the University of Kansas puts on the floor.

Collins has been an outstanding offensive player for three years. I've been trying to tell how good his skills are though. Robinson & Chalmers complimented each other so well it is hard to tell where he rates defensively.

Anyway, congrats Aldrich.

Mike Johns 13 years, 4 months ago

i love how you watch a video on this site and the commercial plays without a hitch but then the video i want to watch buffers like a mother. grrr

Tony Bandle 13 years, 4 months ago

Memphis Tiger and Jayhawk Nation fans:

Coach Cal to U of K looks pretty set.....rumors abound including:

1] Wall will decommit and go to Kentucky 2] Cousins will back out of his oral and follow Cal 3] Henry will see the writing on the wall, ask out of his schollie and recommit to KU. { He can still play one on one wuth CJ in Carl's backyard.] 4] Stephenson will commit to Kansas....HCBS will need to find three schollies for X, Born Ready and Mr. Robinson. 5] Dooley heads to VCU and Billy joins Bill as an assistant coach...unless Memphis grabs him. 6] Cole and Sherron stay with X, Lance and the crew, KU will the preseason #1 for 2010 and Jay Bilas will declare KU would finish in the middle of the pack if the Hawks were in the ACC!!!

Some of this is real and some of this is due to my medication. {The Calipari thing does look like it's going to happen!!!}

kufankam 13 years, 4 months ago

rumor #1 is strange???? wall hasnt committed anywhere?

LAJayhawk 13 years, 4 months ago

Wall hasn't committed to anyone yet. He's just leaning toward Memphis.

Dan Harris 13 years, 4 months ago

Memphis fans, hope you enjoyed your 2or3 years in the spotlight and now its back into the darkness,lol!

100 13 years, 4 months ago

Didn't UK make this mistake 2 years ago???

Why not hire somebody with a "real" connection to your program (if it's as "great" as they seem to think it is, chasing fired coach down hallway, etc)

Did Calipari just make the easiest 35 million ever?

At our "sub par program" (according to UK), at least all of our coaches have been connected (at worst with three links between) to our original coach, also (by the way UK), the inventor of basketball...

Even Self is connected to Larry (and KU assistant originally), who was deeply connected to Dean Smith, who was deeply connected to Phog, whose best friend for 40 years was...

Dr. James Naismith...

Our first coach.

The faulty reasoning I see with UK is...

Calipari has ABSOLUTELY no connections to UK...

A UK faker (car sales personality) can only live as "king" in that crazy city so long until he's discovered...

There is NO WAY Calipari stays there 8 years...

He's laughing all the way to the bank...

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