Aldrich on ESPN right now for the 'green game' - DX currently projects him at 4 (and the sixers at 4)
First Half thoughts from my less than 'expert' basketball mind...I like Aldrich defensively, he seems to know what he's doing, how to play off his man enough to still get in his face when the shot is put up but to be able to box out for rebounds. Kansas seems to be playing a man to man defense and Michigan keeps everyone outside the perimeter type stuff, haven't seen a lot of posting up from Michigan yet. He likes to hang in the lane defensively, he'd have to work on that in the NBA, but he seems to have a good 'defensive IQ', sure he's not the most athletic guy but he's 6'11, he can slide his feet well trying to stay in front of a man and he just seems to know how to position defensively, he just seems to KNOW what he's doing defensively, which I guess after years of watching Sam is really appealling to me.
Offensively, he does seem limited, but at the same time Kansas offense doesn't seem to use him much, he knows how to post up and get position, but like Derek said his offensive moves are pretty limited, he's made a couple nice passes out of the post to an open shooter which I always like to see...
Course this is just one half of basketball, but he looks like a good player to me, and while DX says he doesn't look good at camps, in the game he looks good to me.
I think if you factor in the rest of the team he could be a truly solid pick if the sixers are picking that high.
Aldrich would compliment speights I think in a way sam can't because Aldrich seems to me to have that basketball IQ that sam never seems to have or develop.
Aldrich has a really funky FT motion but I hope no one in the NBA trys to change it, at 70% FT (ESPN announcers said I didn't look it up) I wouldn't mess with it, that'ws pretty good for a big man....
One thing though, about 6 minutes left in the game against Michigan, and Aldrich seems pretty gassed in a way that I don't think he should be, not sure if there's any history of this but I'd be interested in any information known about his condtitioning