Ht: 6’10 Wt: 250lb
Class: Jr. Pos: Center College: Kansas
Overview: All teams want size and at 6’11” 250 Cole Aldrich provides just that. Unfortunately for Cole I personally believe he cost himself a pretty penny by staying in school. Coming off of a season where he emerged as a force both offensively and defensively Cole could have possibly been a top 7 pick. Instead Cole has come back and has not shown much improvement and might have even slipped in some aspects. Cole is still a lock to go in the first round if he chooses to enter the draft but don’t be shocked if he falls out of the top 10 come draft night.
Strengths: His two most obvious strengths are 1) Size 2) Shot blocking ability. Cole put his shot blocking prowess on display when he recorded a triple-double in the NCAA tournament with 13 points 20 rebounds and 10 blocks (he is averaging 3.6 per contest this season). One of Cole’s best assets is also one of his worst, he is good at many things but not great at any with the exception of shot blocking. He runs the court fairly well but could definitely use improvement. He rebounds well but needs to be more fundamentally sound when boxing out if he plans to have success at the pro level. Aldrich mainly relies on getting free underneath the basket for easy buckets. When he does get free he’ll throw it down with great authority. He is very unselfish and can make an impact without the ball in his hands.
Weaknesses: He has no post moves, very poor shooting form both from the line and from the field, he does not handle the ball well even for a big man, and his biggest issue is his lack of physical toughness. Cole finds himself out of position both on offense and defense because he is not physical enough. He allows himself to be pushed around by his fellow big man. It is nice that he never finds himself in foul trouble but all big men should eventually find themselves in foul trouble if they plan on being successful. Lastly, Cole needs to add more muscle but luckily he does have the frame to do so.
Outlook/Comparable: Cole should play in the NBA for a long time. He will be worthy of a first round selection (not a high pick though). He will be a safe pick; unfortunately he is safe because his ceiling will likely be Joel Przybilla and his floor will likely be Chris Mihm. In other words he will be serviceable but don’t expect to ever build a team around Cole or for him to even be a major contributor.
DWW’s Big Board
1. Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
2. Wes Johnson, SF, Syracuse
3. Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas