Deacs Chasing Aminu

Al-Farouq Aminu

LEXINGTON, KY – There aren't many high school teams that boast a pair of dominant, high major big men. Norcross (Ga.) High is one of them. The Blue Devils took advantage of their size and rode Al-Farouq Aminu to victories on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night Aminu went for 19 points, scoring most of them in the paint, but Saturday was much different. With Roy Williams on hand Aminu stepped out and showed off his jump shot to the tune of four three-pointers and 26 points.

"We played a good game," Al-Farouq Aminu said about his game Friday. "I like how we jumped out on them we had a size advantage on them inside and I like how we went down low first."

Aminu is in just his first season of varsity basketball, and playing next to Georgia Tech signee Gani Lawl has made the transition quite easy.

"Over the summer I played with Tony (Neysmith) that was helpful but playing with a good big man is always key because when the double teams come you can look for him. He's a great inside post player who can pass in the post and everything."

The 6-8, 200-pound PF is ranked as the 8th best player in the 2008 class and he showed why in the Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout. He's a versatile four man that has the ability play inside or out.

Aminu will flourish in an up tempo system at the next level as he runs the floor with ease, has long arms and is a big time athlete. After the game Scout.com's 3rd ranked PF said he needs to improve his ball handling and shooting before he gets to the next level.

On the recruiting front Aminu has plenty of options. He's receiving interest from UConn, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida, Wake Forest, UNC and Kentucky with scholarship offers from the Gators, Yellow Jackets and Tigers.

"It's going pretty good," he said of the recruiting process. "I'm just going to take my time. I might wait until my senior year so I can get my visits in so I might do that."

Some have recognized Georgia Tech as Aminu's early leader because his older brother, Alade Aminu, currently plays for Paul Hewitt. The younger Aminu said his recruitment is far from over, but his brother playing for the Yellow Jackets will affect his decision.

"In some ways because I might not want to play with him he might do his thing and I do my thing. I might want to go in behind him and do that, but I just don't know yet. I want to take my time and think about it and think it out some."

Wake Forest is after Aminu and his teammate Tarriq Muhammad. Muhammad claims the Deacs as his early favorite, while Aminu is considering them and said they've been doing a good job recruiting him.

"They've been [after me] pretty hard. I've been talking to their assistants and head coach off and on."

After the season Aminu plans to set up unofficials visits. Aminu also stated that he could wait until his senior season so he can take a few officials before making his final decision.

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