Thunder ink first-round pick

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, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

OLKAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed first-round pick Cole Aldrich.

The 11th overall pick of this year's draft out of Kansas, Aldrich, the two- time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his junior year for the Jayhawks in 36 games.

Aldrich, who was traded from New Orleans to Oklahoma City on draft night, is expected to provide an inside presence for the Thunder as the club attempts to rise through the ranks of the Western Conference. The team finished 50-32 last season and earned the eighth seed in the playoffs before bowing out to the eventual champion Lakers in the first round.


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