SUN DEVIL DATA: Senior who earned his degree (B.A. in sociology) in May of 2006 and is working towards obtaining his master's degree in urban and environmental planning with a concentration in international planning. Enters his fourth year with the program and comes from a very athletic family. Mother, Sandra, played basketball at the University of Houston and father, Robert, is retired from the United States Marines as E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant after more than 21 years of service. Sidelined in the latter part of fall of 2003 with a left knee injury that required surgery. A solid track athlete in his prep career who has been nicknamed "Big Shot Rob" by teammates. Played in four games in 2004-2005 and notched 12 minutes and scored one bucket and followed that up last year by playing in 10 games. A Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete each of the past four semesters.
JAMES E. TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL.: Earned three letters in basketball and also ran track for four years...coached by Ron Crandall and Anthony Armstrong in high school...an all-city and all-region and a three-time all-district selection...earned honorable mention all-state in junior and senior seasons...two-time regional finalist in 300-meter hurdles...averaged 18.3 points, 7.1 assists, 3.9 steals and 5.1 boards in senior year...graduated in May of 2002...played in Greater Houston Adidas All-Star game.
ETC.: Full name is Robert Joseph Alridge II...born March 10, 1984, in Houston, Texas...has younger siblings Ryan and Shannon...father is a sales manager and mother is a retired engineering project manager...cousin, Mike Alridge, ran track at Louisiana State...cousin, Cedric Loeb, played tennis at Texas Southern and on the professional level...cousin Dexter is a junior on the UT-Pan American men's basketball team.
GETTING TO KNOW ROBBY ALRIDGE... Sports figures I admire most...Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade. Non-sports figure I admire most...my parents. What I like most about Coach Sendek...he pays attention to the smallest details. When I first met Coach Sendek, I was thinking...he's big on academics. Teammate who would be a good coach in the future...Steve "Chopper" Jones. My favorite Pac-10 road trip is...Los Angeles trip. My favorite Pac-10 restaurant is...Aunt Kizzy's. My toughest Pac-10 road trip is...Washington trip. The toughest adjustment to college basketball is...getting use to the pace of the game. The most underrated player on the team is...Allen Morill. The strongest player on the team is...Allen Morill. One word to describe Coach Sendek...intellectual. If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be...Robert "Bob" Johnson. The most interesting thing I did this summer was...agent internship with State Farm Insurance. My favorite professional sports team...Houston Rockets If I could live anywhere, I would live in...Miami at South Beach. The biggest influence on my career was...my younger brother. The game I am looking forward to the most this year is...they are all the same to me, I want to win them all. Favorite course in college...PUP 520, Planning, Theory and Processes. My most prized possession is...my family. My most disappointing loss was...Pac-10 Tournament to Oregon State last year. The best city I have been to is...Miami. The thing I like most about Tempe is...my friends and the University. My favorite actor is...Denzel Washington.