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'I made the right decision'

Wednesday, inside the LaBrae Middle School Gymnasium, Aldridge officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats.

 

"From the start, I got along with the coaching staff," Aldridge said. "I got along really well with the players. It felt really comfortable. They had a winning program, winning tradition. I made the Torrey Smith Jersey right decision."

 

Fact Box"Every day when my dad got Anquan Boldin Jersey home from work, I always tried to show him how good I was shooting and how good I could shoot," said Aldridge, a two time Division III All Ohio selection. "He said before you shoot again, you'll have to Reggie Bush Jersey be able to dribble as good with your left hand as you right hand. Every Authentic Anquan Boldin Jersey day, I'd line up cones and just start dribbling. It was two days later, I showed him my dribbling. He said, 'OK, you can shoot again.' "

 

His father, Rick, the LaBrae eighth grade boys basketball coach, was Peyton's mentor when he was in third grade and until he reached middle school. Rick said he noticed his son's perseverance.

 

"I think it's his dedication to being good and that started at a young age. I think that's been the difference maker for him," Rick said.

 

And, having that uncanny knack to see the floor is what set Peyton apart. Peyton started as a point guard for his youth teams.

 

"I think it was his knowledge of the game, picking up where everybody was at so much more so than anybody else. From there, it became his fundamentals," Rick said.

 

Peyton is happy his talents will help the Wildcats.

 

"I love the up and down style, also settle down and get a good shot. Bigs play both outside and in that really attracted me Authentic Reggie Bush Jersey there," he said. "(Bob McKillop) is Reggie Bush 49ers Jersey a great coach. Some say he's the best coach in college. His system, it's very tough to defend. I feel it fits me really well."

 

Peyton's mother, Lisa, is the LaBrae Anquan Boldin 49ers Jersey girls varsity coach. She remembers Peyton was more than a son who watched his mother be a mentor to a group of teen age girls.

 

"Peyton has always had that natural ability and instinct on the floor, even when he was little. He's been raised in the gym," Lisa said. "Even through his other sports, he had that instinct he was very good at being able to handle a ball no matter what it was. He's played a lot of different sports. Basketball was his first love. Davidson is located a half hour north of Charlotte, off I 77. From LaBrae High School, it takes a little less than nine hours to drive there.

 

"You're there on Lake Norman in North Carolina one of the best places in the country, really," LaBrae boys varsity coach Chad Kiser said. "If you wanted to go and be somewhere, that would've been on Authentic Torrey Smith Jersey a lot of people's lists. It's easy to fall in love with the campus."

 

A lot of colleges were enamored with Peyton's abilities. All of the Mid American Conference schools, Creighton, Boston College and William Mary were part of the 15 to 20 schools offering scholarships to Peyton's abilities. Along with that, there were five to 10 schools that gave Peyton hard looks, such as Michigan and Stanford.

 

Peyton currently has a 4.0 GPA, but is undecided on his major.

 

"He's very strong in his maths and sciences, so he has some opportunities," Lisa said.

 

That said, Peyton, who said he'd like to reach 215 pounds before he graduates, has set the standard with his work ethic for LaBrae players to come.

 

"He's in here every day, shooting in the gym before school for about an hour or weightlifting. He mixes it up a little bit," Kiser said. "Last year, we'd get two, maybe three. This year, we average 15 kids since basketball started in the gym an hour before school. Those are all the way from junior high up to high school kids. This has filtered down through the varsity program. It's huge."

 

It all started with a little right handed Torrey Smith 49ers Jersey boy improving his left handed dribble.

 

"It was just practice," Peyton said. "I always felt I had a pretty good left hand. I think it refers back to that. I was at the age where I picked it up easier working in the driveway."

 

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