Aldridge mum on NBA draft status after loss

Updated: March 25, 2006, 10:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- LaMarcus Aldridge wouldn't discuss his interest in entering the NBA draft after a frustrating end to his sophomore season at Texas.

Aldridge, a possible high first-round pick if he enters the draft, was 2-for-14 for four points as LSU beat the Longhorns 70-60 in overtime Saturday.

While LSU and its star inside players, Atlanta Regional MVP Tyrus Thomas and Glen "Big Baby" Davis, advance to the Final Four, Aldridge faces more questions about his immediate future.

"I'm not going to get into that right now," said Aldridge, his eyes still red following an obviously emotional postgame team meeting. "This is not the time."

Aldridge averaged 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament wins for Texas, but Saturday was not the first time this season he struggled offensively. The 6-foot-10 center was held to five points in an 80-68 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament title game, and his season low was two points in a win over Baylor on Jan. 21.

"It's very disappointing when you see yourself as a guy that's going to do it every night," Aldridge said. "I just tried to contribute with rebounds and blocked shots and other things."

Aldridge had 10 rebounds and a game-high five blocked shots.

"I don't think he got frustrated at all," Texas backup forward Mike Williams said. "His shot wasn't falling like it normally falls, but he kept working."

Added Daniel Gibson, who led Texas with 15 points: "LaMarcus is a competitor. He never stopped fighting for rebounds. He never stopped fighting for loose balls."

Aldridge was 1-for-9 from the field in the first half, and he made a shot over Davis to give the Longhorns their last lead at 33-32. But Aldridge couldn't make another shot.

"Those were shots I can make," he said. "They just didn't fall tonight. Everybody has games like that."

Aldridge said he wasn't surprised by LSU's Davis, who had 26 points and nine rebounds.

"No, you look at the guy and you can tell he's strong," Aldridge said.

Thomas added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"Their whole team played well," Aldridge said. "They got comfortable early and kept it going."

Texas coach Rick Barnes said Davis "obviously is a tough matchup for LaMarcus."


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