PITTSBURGH, Pa (WYTV)-This past Saturday felt more like a home game for the Davidson Wildcats against Duquesne thanks in part to LaBrae grad Peyton Aldridge who had nearly 300 friends and family from the Valley in attendance.
“They have just continued to follow his journey down to Davidson and so when they knew he was playing this close to home they were like we are going,” said Aldridge’s mom Lisa.
“It was great to know that all these fans came out to back us, back me and the team up and it was just a great crowd to get us going,” said Peyton Aldridge Saturday
Pittsburgh is the closest to the Valley Alridge’s Wildcats have come in his freshman year that has seen the former Student Athlete of the Year named A-10 Rookie of the Week twice while averaging over 30 minutes a game this season.
“It has gone by real fast but I have definitely enjoyed it, trying to play every game one at a time, definitely have had fun.”
“His heart and soul, his IQ, his care for his team, guys on our team say they have never seen a player who is such a nice guy but such a fiery competitor,” says Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop
Life lessons that were taught to him by family and friends in the Valley.
“Work hard everyday at practice, work hard in the classroom and treat people the way they want to be treated and good things are going to happen to you,” says high school coach Chad Kiser
“We have just always been proud of our area being a hard-working area,” said Peyton’s dad Rick.
“That is what we stress most to Peyton is just work harder than everybody else.”
Aldridge is one of three Davidson players to start every game this season and Coach McKillop told WYTV that although he is not the biggest or strongest guy on the floor, that it is his work ethic on the court that has him racking up the minutes.
“The sky is the limit for his future, he can write his own history. He is going to be a terrific career player for Davidson and beyond,” says McKillop.
“I just came down here looking to play hard and see what happens and I have just been blessed to start and it has been a good experience.”
His Freshman experience isn’t over yet. The Wildcats head to the Atlantic 10 tournament as the top seed after being picked to finish 12th in the preseason A-10 poll.