An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Honorable mention AP All-American as a sophomore. Midseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award. Named Second Team All-ACC. Named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News and was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team. Competed in the Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the USA Junior National Select Team as a high school senior.
Sophomore (2009-10): Led Wake Forest in scoring (15.8 ppg), rebounding (10.7 rpg) and blocks (44 bpg). First Deacon to lead the ACC in rebounding since Tim Duncan in 1997. One of three players, along with Duke's Jon Scheyer and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, to rank in the top 10 of the ACC in seven statistical categories. Named Second Team All-ACC. Honorable Mention AP All-American. Midseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award. Just one of five players in major conference college basketball, and the only in the ACC, to average a double-double. Led the ACC with 19 double-doubles and nine 20-and-10 games. Posted 23 points, 17 rebounds and a career-high six blocks at UNC Greensboro. Grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds vs. William & Mary. Tallied 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks vs. Xavier. Opened the year with 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Oral Roberts. Registered 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks vs. Maryland. Recorded a team-leading 46 dunks on the year.
Freshman (2008-09): Averaged 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, ranking third and second respectively on the team. Named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News, FoxSports.com and CBSSports.com. Unanimously selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team and finished runner-up in voting for ACC Rookie of the Year. Collected ACC Rookie of the Week laurels five times (Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Mar. 9). Posted 10 double-doubles on the season and scored in double figures 22 times. Tallied a season-high 26 points vs. Boston College on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists vs. East Carolina. Scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his college debut vs. North Carolina Central. Collected 21 points and 10 rebounds vs. Clemson, shooting 7-of-10 from the field. In a match-up against older brother Alade Aminu of Georgia Tech, posted a team-high 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
Strengths: Terrific length and mobility. Extremely light on his feet and can rotate his body quickly and fluidly. Good instincts. Solid ball-handler and can hit the mid-range jumper. Productive rebounder. Tracks down caroms outside his rebounding position.
Personal: Descends from a line of Nigerian kings. Name Al-Farouq means "the chief has arrived." Older brother, Alade, spent the 2009-10 season playing in the D-League before getting called-up by the Miami Heat.