Western Carolina downed Milligan, 102-61, in exhibition action in Cullowhee. (Photos by Mark Haskett and Ashley Evans)
Prior to Western: Aldridge had verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati prior to his senior season of high school before rethinking his decision ... Led South Webster to a 27-2 record and the Ohio Division IV state championship as a senior ... Scored 34 points with five steals in the title game ... Scored 2,011 career points to become just the 37th player in Ohio history to score over 2,000 points ... Tabbed first team All-Ohio and first team All-District 14 by the Coaches Association ... Averaged 23 points and eight rebounds as a senior along with three steals and three blocks per contest ... As a junior, led the Jeeps to a 23-3 record and the Division IV quarterfinals, averaging 28 points and 10 rebounds per contest ... Was also tabbed Division IV Player of the Year and first team All-State by the Associated Press ... As a sophomore, Aldridge averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds to be named second team All-State and won the first of his two Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association District 14 Player of the Year awards, leading South Webster to a 22-4 record and the Division IV Final Four. He was coached by Marc Kreischer at South Webster High.