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LaMarcus Aldridge - PF

 LaMarcus Aldridge Rank: 2
 Position: Power Forward
 School: Texas
 Conference: Big 12
 Height, Weight: 6'11, 237
   Selected by: Chicago Bulls
 Round 1, pick 2 (2 overall)

Traded to Trail Blazers
ANALYSIS: When Aldridge made himself eligible for the 2006 NBA draft, nobody was surprised as he is widely considered the best big man prospect available. After a freshman campaign shortened to only 16 games after a hip injury, Aldridge lived up to the hype as a sophomore, averaging 15 points and over nine rebounds per game this past season, recording 17 double-doubles in the process. Not only did Aldridge excel from a statistical and performance standpoint, he was able to play after bulking up in the off-season. By adding 25 pounds last summer, Aldridge is now much better prepared to withstand the rigors of the NBA post than he was just a season ago. It was Aldridge's performance in Texas' sweet-16 game against West Virginia that generated a huge buzz among NBA personnel. He added 13 rebounds to a career-high 26 points in the Longhorns' last-second victory, completely overwhelming the Mountaineers' Kevin Pittsnoggle and crew in the post. If that performance solidified his pro future among scouts, his follow-up game against LSU may have tempered them a bit. Facing a Tiger frontline that included 320-pound beast Glen Davis and the freakishly athletic Tyrus Thomas, Aldridge struggled mightily to score, managing only four points on 2-for-14 shooting from the floor. While he was constantly harassed down low, Aldridge still contributed 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in the 10-point loss. While his game versus LSU may have been a small indication of what he will face at the next level, Aldridge will rarely be surrounded in the post the way he was in Austin. He is a blue-chip athlete with legitimate size to handle himself down inside and be a force around the basket. With many teams picking at the top of the draft needing inside help, Aldridge will be selected in the top-seven, with a number one overall selection possible in the right situation.

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