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Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge Talks Texas Longhorns Recruiting

Aron Phillips of DIMEMag.com found a great Longhorn Network interview with Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant explaining why they chose to play their college ball at the University of Texas.

Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user LongHornNetwork. Scroll down for a transcript of Aldridge's thoughts.

Aldridge on his recruitment

"It was hard for me because I grew up wanting to go to [University of North] Carolina. I had told coach [Rick Barnes] that, 'That powder blue, man, I grew up wanting to go there.' But I think T.J. [Ford] gave me the confidence to stay home and I actually told coach that. I thought him staying home was big for me because he stayed home, he did well and got drafted high. Other schools lied to me, they said I could play the 2 or 3. I was like, 'Come on, man.' But he told me that I would play power forward or center and I would get better."  

Aldridge also briefly talks about coming down to help land Durant, who was a highly-prized recruit out of high school. 

On Monday, we noted another recent Aldridge video interview here

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