Versatile. That sums up Leavittsburg LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge.
The 6-foot-7 rising senior is one of the state’s best prospects, but
thus far, Aldridge hasn’t got the attention statewide compared to some
of his 2014 brethren.
That sums up Leavittsburg LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge. The 6-foot-7 rising senior is one of the state’s best prospects, but thus far, Aldridge hasn’t got the attention statewide compared to some of his 2014 brethren.
Don’t be mistaken, Aldridge has plenty of interest from colleges around the country and collected some deserving postseason awards, but he stills seems to fly under the radar tucked away in Trumbull County.
Aldridge, who helped lead the Vikings to the Division III state tournament this past March, earned DIII JJHuddle Player of the Year honors along with being named 1st Team Associated Press All-Ohio.
Aldridge averaged nearly 20 points per game a junior, and turned in a stellar performance in a state semis loss to Versailles scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds.
The 195-pound wing forward is currently starring for his travel team, Team Work, which has produced several quality college players in the past 10 years.
Aldridge, who plays alongside Westlake star Gavin Skelly, is a match up nightmare for opposing teams with offensive versatility.
“Peyton’s strength offensively is his versatility as he can play all positions when needed,” commented Team Work director, Brian Bishop. “Peyton shoots the three-ball with above average consistency and has a tremendous mid-range pull up.”
With his size and length, Peyton can score in the post with fade-away shots and up-and-under moves. He has a very good motor and can get out and run the floor. Aldridge is very active in the paint using his length to tip balls out and grab rebounds in and out of his area.
“His athleticism and length gives him the edge versus defenders when he attacks the rim offensively,” Bishop noted.
On the defensive end of the floor, Aldridge is very disruptive. He uses his great length to create steals and deflects passes. Peyton is a very good defensive rebounder as well.
“Defensively, Peyton has the ability to defend a wing and/or post,” Bishop believes. “He uses his length well defensively.”
Aldridge is a three-sport athlete at LaBrae, which is very time consuming, but it also makes it difficult to gain weight. He is the starting quarterback on the football team and also a pitcher for the baseball squad.
“I think overall strength will be important in the next couple of years,” Team Work’s director stated. “He lifts a lot, but with playing three sports, I think it’s hard for him to add weight. If that makes sense.”
With all that being said, the most intriguing aspect to Aldridge is his success in the classroom. The LaBrae junior carries a 3.9 GPA. He wants to be an engineer, so having an outstanding program in that area will be a huge lift to the throng of schools courting him.
His list of offers include: Akron, Kent State, Youngstown State, Toledo, Miami (OH), Cleveland State, Ohio University, Davidson, Boston College, William & Mary, Winthrop, Princeton, Brown, Belmont, Air Force, Boston University, Oakland, and Bowling Green.
Several others are interested including Elon, Dayton, Stanford, DePaul, Northwestern, Michigan, Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Air Force, American, and Lehigh.
Aldridge took an unofficial visit to Northwestern this past Monday following Team Work’s play in the Adidas Chicago Classic.
Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Columbia, and Lafayette have all inquired as well.
With a list that long, he will have to cut down his list, but that will have to wait. Aldridge is still wide open at this point.
Peyton’s father noted they would likely cut the list down after AAU Nationals in July.
July will be a huge month for many prospects, and Aldridge will be no different. Look for more of the big boys to start coming around with more exposure. He has the versatility, skill, and size to help several programs. The schools that are recruiting him know his worth, but this is a very undervalued prospect that should see his stock raise even more.
We won’t be surprised to see a few high-majors sneaking into the picture.
Aldridge is a kid that was recruited heavily by the “Big 3” travel teams in Ohio, but chose to play with Team Work. He simply felt it would be a better fit, and the family never wavered. The squad has enjoyed plenty of success over the past three years, and there are absolutely no regrets in regards to the decision to play with Team Work.
The only regrets may come from the schools, which fail to land this youngster.