Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. His name, "Al-Farouq" means "the chief has arrived." He is the son of Aboubakar and Anjirlic Aminu. Al-Farouq has two brothers. His older brother, Alade, played in the D-League and had a brief stint with the Heat in 2010. Aminu started his high school career at Wesleyan School in Peachtree, Georgia. After his freshman year, Aminu transferred to nearby Norcross High School. During his junior and senior seasons, Aminu led Norcross to back-to-back Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. He attended college at Wake Forest. Since 2016, Aminu and his wife Helina Tekeste Aminu have led the Aminu Good Works Foundation, which organizes yearly basketball camps in Ibadan, Nigeria. While with the Trail Blazers, Aminu received the 2016-17 Maurice Lucas Award for his contributions on the court and in the community. Fans can follow Aminu on Twitter (@farouq1) and Instagram (@chiefhasarrived). Aminu was named to the 2008-09 ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in his first year at Wake Forest. He remained productive in his sophomore year, getting designated as an All-American honorable mention in 2009-10. Aminu was the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference who averaged a double-double that season, posting 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Along with leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore, he paced the Demon Deacons in blocks (44) and free throws made (139). Furthermore, he helped lead Wake Forest to both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA tournaments. Aminu declared for the 2010 NBA Draft and was chosen in the first round (eighth overall pick) by the Los Angeles Clippers.