Cole Aldrich noticed that all the other teams upset in the NCAA Tourney had their guys declare for the draft, and he didn’t want to miss out on the party.
At a press conference schedule for 4:30 (Eastern), Cole Aldrich will announce he is going pro, according to ESPN and just about everybody else on the planet.
Aldrich, the 6’11” center, brings a game that can help the right team in the right situation, but is likely going to disappoint fans.
He’s going to block shots — he blocked 5.2 per 40 minutes and the guy has a wingspan — and he’s going to get boards. He can defend, and he moves well. All things coaches like.
He has no offensive game to speak of. That’s what fans want. Just a couple paragraphs from the DraftExpress profile.
The prevailing opinion amongst NBA scouts has always been that Aldrich is a likely role-player at the next level–a player who projects as a significant presence in the paint defensively and on the glass, but can’t be expected to score much more than what his guards are able to create for him around the basket…
Offensively, Aldrich’s limitations remain fairly glaring, something that has only been highlighted by the new weapons (mainly Xavier Henry, Marcus Morris) that have emerged for Kansas this season, and are often far more aggressive than him.
In the right system — one where he just has to be a big body on a team with a great penetrating point guard — he could be a fit. But this is a guy who is going to go in the top 10 then fans somewhere like Detroit are going to call him a bust. He probably won’t be. He’ll probably be exactly what scouts expected. Just not fans.