Aldridge named A-10 Co-Player of Year
LaBrae graduate hopes to play professional basketball
By Dan Hiner
Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge has made a name for himself during his senior season.
Aldridge, a LaBrae graduate, leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 21.3 points per game and is fifth in the conference in rebounds, averaging 7.8 per contest.
Aldridge scored a career-high 45 points in a triple-overtime loss to St. Bonaventure on Feb. 27, the most by an A-10 player this season. His previous career high was 34 points against Richmond in 2016.
After be named second team all-conference last season, he was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Year and first team all-conference selection on Tuesday.
Aldridge credited his teammates for his 45-point performance, but also never thought he would achieve this level of success in college.
“I just wanted to play at the next level and do whatever I can to help my team succeed,” Aldridge said. “Over the years, it shifted to a more aggressive, more a leadership role. Four years ago I was just a kid from Leavittsburg who [wanted] to compete and play with the guys.”
The former Viking averaged 16.6 points per game to this point in his career. His 868 career rebounds rank fourth in program history, nine behind Landry Kosmalski for third place.
Davidson finished the regular season with a 18-11 record and are the third seed in the A-10 tournament. The Wildcats received a bye in the first two rounds of the conference tournament.
A tournament title is the one accolade missing from Aldridge’s resume.
The Wildcats won their only regular season title in 2015, but never won the conference tournament.
“It’s a great honor to receive the [Player of the Year] award and I want to thank God for putting me in this position,” Aldridge said. “My coaches and teammates have helped get me this award. With that being said, we’re going to Washington D.C. to win a conference tournament, and that would mean more to me than any individual award.”
Aldridge credits LaBrae head coach Chad Kiser for preparing him for college basketball. He said the level of competition he demands from his players made it an easier transition when he arrived at Davidson.
“At the college level, you gotta be ready to compete,” Aldridge said. “At the high school level, those guys are playing against each other, competing and being aggressive.”
He is aware that his college career is coming to an end in the next month. Aldridge has embraced the college experience and is getting the most out of every game.
“I’ve definitely been enjoying the last month or so, just knowing every time I set on the court at Davidson it will be one of the last times I step on the basketball court wearing that jersey,” Aldridge said.
Aldridge plans to continue his basketball career in a professional league.
He will apply for the NBA Draft when the season is over, but is willing to play overseas if a career in the NBA doesn’t pan out.
“Many guys go on from Davidson to play overseas,” Aldridge said. “One of my good friends is playing [overseas]. If nothing happens over here, I’m definitely ready to, if the opportunity presents itself, go overseas and compete as long as I can.”