LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge (born July 19, 1985) is an American professional basketball player with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 240-pound power forward/center and is the Portland Trail Blazers's team captain. Aldridge attended Seagoville High School, where he became a Parade All-American and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Class 4A Player of the Year prior to graduating in 2004 and attending the University of Texas at Austin. He declared for the 2004 NBA Draft but ultimately withdrew his name. According to one report, Aldridge's initial decision to attend college rather than entering the pro ranks directly from high school was influenced by Shaquille O'Neal's personal advice that he should go to college and then evaluate his NBA prospects. However, in April 2006, near the end of his second year at UT, Aldridge announced that he would leave college to enter the 2006 NBA Draft.
Contributions by Zagalejo, Chrishmt0423, and Mild Bill Hiccup.