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Archive for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Congratulations, Cole

Kansas basketball fans should be proud of the program’s latest Academic All-American.

February 24, 2010

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The Kansas basketball team locked up a share of the Big 12 title at Allen Fieldhouse Monday night and Sherron Collins officially became the winningest four-year player in Kansas University history, but the real feel-good news of the evening belonged to Jayhawk center Cole Aldrich.

With the Aldrich family in the stands, it was announced at the game that Cole had been named the Academic All-American of the year by ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors Association of America. He was joined on the academic first team by players from Notre Dame, Columbia, Butler and LaSalle universities.

KU has won six straight league titles, but it hadn’t landed a basketball player on the academic first team in a decade. Only one other KU player, Jacque Vaughn, has won the top academic award. It’s no small honor to achieve that level of academic excellence while competing on a college basketball team.

Being an Academic All-American was a goal Aldrich had set for himself and worked hard to achieve, earning a 4.0 grade average in the fall semester to put himself in the running. He doesn’t expect to be able to graduate by the end of his junior year, but something tells us he’ll find a way to finish his degree even if, as expected, he enters the NBA ranks next year.

Aldrich has done a lot to help a team that has seen much success in the last three years, but it’s great to see him also accomplish such a lofty individual goal.

Comments

trvlronda 4 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Cole and KU. It's awesome that we are in the headlines for ACADEMICS, the reason those buildings stand atop the hill. Good luck with the last few weeks of the season, and whatever is next for you.

puddleglum 4 years, 10 months ago

cole, you need to come back for year 4, and destory the record books! YOU the MAN!

yankeevet 4 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to you young man.........I have watched u play on the court; and your strictly business..............good luck to you.............

motomom 4 years, 10 months ago

CONGRATS to you, dear cole. you make this jayhawker proud.

onehawkoneshock 4 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Cole!!! The entire Jayhawk Nation is proud of you. It has been a privilege to have you wear the crimson and blue. We wish you the best of luck. You will always be a Jayhawk!

Jay_lo 4 years, 10 months ago

At basketball he's shoulders and head Above the rest it can be said And for most that's quite a goal But there is so much more to Cole

An Academic All-American Was where he chose to make his run Not only did he have success But topped the field and nothing less

Congratulations Cole, we say it loud You've every reason to be proud You've shown you're more than just a jock We're all so glad you're a Jayhawk

We can't predict in any manner If we will hang another banner But whether or not the team's number one You'll always be our Champion

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