Cole Aldrich at McDonald's All-American Game

If you can't get excited about a brief report from a practice for an exhibition game, then you're probably not a college basketball fan. (And if you can't feel a little silly for getting excited about same you're probably monitoring multiple message boards while reading this.) From Rodger Bohn at DraftExpress:

"Aldrich was one of the bigger surprises on day one, seemingly converting at least 80% of the shots that he put up from the field. He boasts a soft touch inside, while also knocking down multiple 15-18 foot jump shots on the day. The Minnesota native finished some surprisingly athletic conversions inside, given his immense size. If he is able to continue playing like this, he will certainly be able to help the Jayhawks out next year as a freshman, given the possibility of them losing Julian Wright and/or Darrell Arthur to the NBA."

I think the final sentence speaks of a remote possibility and it will be hard for Aldrich to earn minutes next year, though it would be lovely if he played well enough to force the issue.

UPDATE: Day Two report from Rodger Bohn:

"Aldrich continued his hot streak from day one, as nearly everything he put up somehow managed to find its way through the net. He hit two three pointers, leaving Kevin Love openly shaking his head in disbelief. The Minnesota prep star ran the floor well and finished well inside, playing with a passion that was non-existent for so many stretches of time on the AAU circuit. It will be interesting to see if Cole is able to keep it up for the remainder of the week and continue to live up to the outstanding potential that he has."

2006 McDonalds High School All America Teams Announced

Two names you might see wearing KU jerseys next year are present - Sherron Collins and Darrell Arthur: EAST TEAM No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Original Hometown) College 5 Earl Clark SF 6-9 220 Rahway High School, NJ (Rahway, NJ) Louisville 11 Mike Conley PG 6-1 170 Lawrence North High School, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Ohio State 2 Javaris Crittenton SG 6-5 195 SW Atlanta Christian Academy, GA (Atlanta, GA) Georgia Tech 22 Wayne Ellington SG 6-4 185 The Episcopal Academy, PA (Wynnewood, PA) North Carolina 43 Gerald Henderson WF 6-5 190 The Episcopal Academy, PA (Blue Bell, PA) Duke 1 Tywon Lawson PG 6-0 190 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Clinton, MD) North Carolina 21 Vernon Macklin C 6-9 225 Hargrave Military Academy, VA (Portsmouth, VA) Georgetown 50 Greg Oden C 7-1 260 Lawrence North High School, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Ohio State 3 Scottie Reynolds SG 6-1 185 Herndon High School, VA (Herndon, VA) Oklahoma 20 Lance Thomas PF 6-8 200 St. Benedict's Prep, NJ (Scotch Plains, NJ) Undecided 34 Brandan Wright PF 6-9 200 Brentwood Academy, TN (Nashville, TN) North Carolina 33 Thaddeus Young SF 6-8 215 Mitchell High School, TN (Memphis, TN) Georgia Tech Head Coach Doug Lipscomb, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA) Assistant Coach Marc Carver, Wheeler High School (Marietta, GA)

WEST TEAM No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. High School, State (Original Hometown) College 00 Darrell Arthur PF 6-9 220 South Oak Cliff High School, TX (Dallas, TX) Undecided 15 D.J. Augustin PG 6-0 180 Hightower High School, TX (Fresno, TX) Texas 34 Chase Budinger WF 6-8 200 La Costa Canyon High School, CA (Encinitas, CA) Arizona 2 Demond Carter SG 5-11 170 Reserve Christian School, LA (Laplace, LA) Baylor 4 Sherron Collins PG 5-11 195 Crane Technical Prep High School, IL (Chicago, IL) Kansas 14 Daequan Cook SG 6-5 200 Dunbar High School, OH (Dayton, OH) Ohio State 3 Kevin Durant WF 6-10 205 Montrose Christian School, MD (Suitland, MD) Texas 35 James Keefe PF 6-8 220 Santa Margarita Cath. High School, CA (S. Margarita, CA) UCLA 32 Spencer Hawes C 7-0 230 Seattle Preparatory School, WA (Seattle, WA) Washington 30 Brook Lopez PF 7-0 245 San Joaquin Memorial High School, CA (Fresno, CA) Stanford 21 Robin Lopez C 7-0 245 San Joaquin Memorial High School, CA (Fresno, CA) Stanford 22 Jon Scheyer SG 6-6 180 Glenbrook North High School, IL (Northbrook, IL) Duke

Head Coach Harvey Kitani, Fairfax High School (Los Angeles, CA) Assistant Coach J.D. Green, Fairfax High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Here's a PDF of the roster if you're into that sort of thing.

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