It wasn't his original plan, but the Horns are enjoying James' many happy returns.
LaMarcus Aldridge, whose sophomore season ended with a disappointing performance in Texas' loss to LSU in the Elite Eight, has told teammates and the Longhorns coaching staff he will enter the NBA draft, three sources told The Dallas Morning News.
LaMarcus Aldridge wouldn't discuss his interest in entering the NBA draft after a frustrating end to his sophomore season at Texas.
Penn made things difficult for Texas, but the second-seeded Longhorns escaped with a 60-52 victory Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge dominated both ends of the court, scoring 20 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and disrupting countless possessions, sending Texas past Texas Tech 77-70 Friday,
(8) TEXAS 77, TEXAS TECH 70
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points on near-perfect shooting and No. 7 Texas inched closer to its first Big 12 title in seven years with an 80-55 win over No. 18 Kansas on Saturday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and No. 6 Texas coasted past Baylor 90-63 Tuesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Kenton Paulino scored seven points in the game-changing burst in the second half that sent No. 7 Texas to a 78-59 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Terrell Everett scored 25 points, Taj Gray added 22 and No. 22 Oklahoma exploited LaMarcus Aldridge's second-half foul trouble to beat fifth-ranked Texas 82-72 Saturday night and snap the Longhorns' nine-game winning streak.
Daniel Gibson scored a career-high 37 points, including nine 3-pointers, tolead the No. 6 Longhorns to their eighth straight victory, 66-47 over Baylor on Saturday.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Texas to an 80-46 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half and Texas smothered No. 3 Villanova with its best defensive game of the year.
Brad Buckman had 17 points and 11 rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Longhorns beat Rice.
When things aren't going well, No. 2 Texas has learned to lean on wiry center LaMarcus Aldridge.
As he showed in the final seconds of Monday's win, a healthy LaMarcus Aldridge will dictate the Longhorns' success.