Hampered by injuries, Cole Aldrich, KU's lone 2007 commitment at this point, has been underachieving for some time now. His poor performance in Las Vagas this past weekend caused Dave Telep, national recruiting analyst for Scout, to write:
Cole Aldrich has had trouble performing to the level of a Top 25 prospect post high school season. Injuries certainly have hampered him but athletically he's been a step behind what goes on around the rim. He'll be a solid college player but the expectations of an elite impact player may need to be adjusted.
Telep is not the first to make such a comment. Jeff Goodman was reportedly told by one high level D-1 coach that "Cole Aldrich is the most overrated player in America."
It's possible that part of this problem might be attributed to the team he plays for. Minnesota isn't loaded, but they've been doing well this summer. John Leuer, an Aldrich clone, has been a low-post force for them, actually receiving better press than Aldrich. I wonder about their guard play, however. Are the two big guys forced to put the team on their backs?
Is this underachievement on the AAU circuit cause for concern, Jayhawk fans? How troublesome are Cole's nagging injuries, and are they the type that will linger throughout his career? I find it hard to believe that all the pundits and analysts were totally wrong when they all universally rated Aldrich as the number 1 center prospect in the 2007 high school class.
What do you think, PB readers?