LaMarcus Aldridge (2005-06)
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Two-year starter at center ... started all 53 career games that he saw action in ... declared for the 2006 NBA Draft following his sophomore season ... school record holder in career field goal percentage (.586) ... ranked 10th in school history in career blocked shots (97) ... recovered from a season-ending hip injury sustained midway through his freshman year to have a breakout season as a sophomore ... third-team All-American (NABC) and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in his sophomore season ... posted 17 double-doubles in his 53 career contests.
As a Sophomore in 2005-06
One of 22 players named to the Wooden Award list of finalists ... Third-team All-America selection (NABC) ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (coaches) ... All-Big 12 First Team selection (coaches) ... Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection (coaches and media) ... named to the Big 12 All-Improved team (media) ... named to the five-person Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All- Tournament team ... named to the five-person NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team ... first-team NABC All-District 9 selection ... USBWA All-District VII team selection ... co-team MVP with P.J. Tucker ... also earned the team's Mike Wacker Comeback Award ... started all 37 games on the season ... led the team in field goal percentage (.569), blocks (73) and double-figure rebounding games (19) ... tied for the team and conference lead in double-doubles (16) ... ranked second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg), field goals made (219), free throws made (117), steals (50), minutes played (33.7 mpg) and double-figure scoring games (28) ... his 339 rebounds on the year ranked as the seventh-best single-season total in UT history ... led the team in scoring in 15 games (first on the team) and rebounding in 15 games (second on the team) ... posted ten 20-point games ... opened the season with 19 points (9-of-11 FG), 11 boards and four blocks in only 21 minutes against Southern (Nov. 15) ... scored 13 points (5-of-8 FG) and pulled down 10 boards in 30 minutes against Samford (Nov. 16) ... named Guardians Classic Austin Region MVP by averaging 16.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg while converting 14-of-19 (.737) field goals and recording seven blocked shots in the wins over Southern and Samford ... registered 15 points (7-of-10 FG) and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes against No. 13 West Virginia in the Guardians Classic semifinal (Nov. 21) ... tallied 18 points (8-of-14 FG) and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes against No. 18 Iowa in the Guardians Classic championship game (Nov. 22) ... named MVP of the Guardians Classic by averaging 16.5 ppg and 13.0 rpg while hitting 15-of-24 (.625) field goals and recording five blocked shots in the wins against West Virginia and Iowa ... had 21 points (8-of-12 FG) and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes against Louisiana-Monroe (Nov. 26) ... tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 28) by averaging 18.0 ppg and 12.3 rpg while converting 23-of-36 (.639) field goals and recording six blocked shots in the wins against West Virginia, Iowa and Louisiana-Monroe ... recorded his sixth straight doubledouble with a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes against Texas-Pan American (Nov. 29) ... scored 14 points (6-of- 7 FG) in 22 minutes against Texas-Arlington (Dec. 3) ... registered 17 points (7-of-11 FG) and 10 boards in 23 minutes against Rice (Dec. 5) ... tallied 21 points (8-of-13 FG) and six rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against No. 1 Duke (Dec. 10) ... recorded 15 points (4-of-5 FG, 7-of-10 FT) and nine boards in 38 minutes against Tennessee (Dec. 17) ... scored 21 points (7-of-9 FG), pulled down 14 boards and tied a career high with five blocks in 38 minutes against Texas State (Dec. 22) ... registered 20 points (9-of-13 FG) and a career-high 16 rebounds in 32 minutes against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 30) ... scored 12 points (6-of-7 FG) and pulled down eight boards in 24 minutes in the win at No. 4 Memphis (Jan. 2) ... opened conference play with 19 points (7-of- 9 FT) and nine rebounds in 39 minutes against Colorado (Jan. 7) ... pulled down 10 boards while playing all 40 minutes at Iowa State (Jan. 9) ... tallied 19 points (7-of-10 FT), five boards and tied a career high with five blocks while playing all 40 minutes in the win over No. 3 Villanova (Jan. 14) ... hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 3:01 to help seal the win against Villanova ... recorded 19 points (7-of-14 FG, 5-0f-6 FT), nine rebounds and a career-high five steals against Texas Tech (Jan. 17) ... scored 14 points in 37 minutes against Oklahoma State (Jan. 23) ... registered 22 points (11-of-15 FG) and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes at No. 24 Oklahoma (Jan. 28) ... had 17 points (8-of-16 FG) and 11 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Texas Tech (Feb. 6) ... tallied 21 points while hitting a career-high 9-of-13 free throws and pulled down 12 boards in 35 minutes against Nebraska (Feb. 11) ... tied a career high with 23 points (9-of-16 FG, 5-of-6 threes) and pulled down 12 rebounds in 30 minutes against Baylor (Feb. 14) ... recorded 16 points (7-of-10 FG) and eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes at Kansas State (Feb. 22) ... registered 18 points (9-of-10 FG), eight rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks in 35 minutes against No. 16 Kansas (Feb. 25) ...named to the five-person Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All- Tournament team, averaging 11.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 1.7 bpg during the three contests ... posted 20 points (8-of-13 FG) and tied a career high with 16 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal (Mar. 10) ... tallied 19 points (7-of-13 FG) and 10 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes against Penn in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 17) ... one of five players named to the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team, averaging 15.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 2.5 bpg against West Virginia and LSU ... recorded a career-high 26 points (11-of-15 FG) and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes against West Virginia in the NCAA Regional Semifinal (Mar. 23) ... pulled down 10 rebounds and tied a career high with five blocks against LSU in the NCAA Regional Final (Mar. 25).
As a Freshman in 2004-05
Started the first 16 games of the year at center before suffering a season-ending injury to his left hip with 6:57 to play in the second half of the win at Nebraska (Jan. 15) ... underwent surgery on March 1 which successfully repaired torn cartilage in his hip (surgery performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colorado) ... at the time of his injury, he ranked in a tie for fifth on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg), third in rebounding (5.9 rpg), second in blocks (24) and led the team in field goal percentage (.663) ... posted 10 points (5-of-7 FG) and a team-high nine rebounds in the season opener against Texas State (Nov. 19) ... tallied 11 points (5-of-7 FG) and five boards in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational against Chaminade (Nov. 22) ... had a team-high seven rebounds to go along with 12 points against North Texas (Dec. 7) ... followed with 14 points (8-of-11 FT), seven rebounds and a team-high three blocks against UT-Arlington (Dec. 15) ... scored a season-high 19 points (7-of-8 FG) and had four blocked shots against Centenary (Dec. 22) ... posted 10 points, seven rebounds and a season-high five blocks against UT-San Antonio (Dec. 29) ... posted his first collegiate double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the Big 12 opener against Baylor (Jan. 9) ... followed that performance with 12 points and eight boards at Texas A&M (Jan. 12) ... tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks before suffering the hip injury at Nebraska (Jan. 15) ... averaged 12.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg while hitting 13-of-16 (.813) field goals and 12-of-14 (.857) free throws in the three games prior to sustaining the injury.
Seagoville High School in Dallas, Texas (head coach Robert Allen) ... four-year starter at Seagoville ... McDonald's All- American ... second-team All-America choice by Parade Magazine and Slam Magazine ... tabbed as the No. 6 overall prospect in the country by TheInsiderHoops.com ... one of 10 finalists for the Naismith Prep Basketball Player of the Year award following his senior season ... Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior ... named the Dallas ISD Scholar-Athlete of the Year following his senior season ... two-time first-team all-state choice (TABC) ... All- Greater Dallas Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News in his senior year ... averaged 28.9 points and 13.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... led his team to the Class 4A state quarterfinals, the furthest the school had advanced since 1985, and the District 10-4A title ... topped the Dallas area (all classifications) in scoring and ranked second in rebounding ... had 39 points (16- of-18 FG), nine rebounds and six blocks in the one-point quarterfinal loss to Dallas Lincoln ... averaged 27 points, 13.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per contest as a junior ... played alongside fellow UT recruit Daniel Gibson for Team USA in the Junior World Championships in Douai, France following his junior year ... as a sophomore, averaged 23 points and 13 boards per game in two head-to-head matchups with then-senior Chris Bosh of Dallas Lincoln (now with the NBA's Toronto Raptors) ... National Honor Society member ... listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Full name is LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge ... son of Georgia Aldridge ... born July 19, 1985 in Dallas, Texas ... served as a mentor for Dallas-area school children (day care and third- through sixth-graders) during his final two years in high school.