Aldrich Earns Second Weekly Honor

Feb. 1, 2010

IRVING, Texas–Kansas pre-season All American Cole Aldrich was honored for the second time this season by the Big 12 as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, along with Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma) who was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the week.

Aldrich, junior from Bloomington, Minn., helped the Jayhawks earn two huge rivalry wins against Missouri on January 25 and Kansas State on January 30 and by recording a double-double in each game, bringing his total to nine for the season.

Aldrich logged big numbers against Missouri, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to propel the Jayhawks to an 84-65 Border Showdown win against the Tigers.

KU’s center then kept his pace going by recording 18 points and 11 rebounds against K-State. His assistance on the inside helped Jayhawks to squeeze out a narrow 81-79 overtime victory over the Wildcats.

Aldrich shot 50 percent from the field, made 12-of-18 free throws and recorded 10 blocks, in Kansas’ two victories last week.

He was first honored by the Big 12 as the Phillips 66 Big 12 co-player of the week on Jan. 4, 2010 for his impressive performances against Belmont and Temple, where he also posted up a double-double in each game.

Mason-Griffin, who is the first Oklahoma player to win a Phillips 66 Big 12 weekly honor this season, recorded a season high 38 points against Iowa State. That number is not only an Oklahoma freshman record, but also a Big 12 record for most points scored by a player this season in a single-game.