Draft 2010 | Al-Farouq Aminu


Name: Al-Farouq Aminu
Age: 19
College: Wake Forest
Position: Small Forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 218
Class: Sophomore
Year Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals FG% FT% 3PT%
2009-10 31.3 15.8 10.7 1.3 1.4 1.4 .447 .698 .273

Social Connect

Aminu's Facebook: www.facebook.com/alfarouq

Aminu's Twitter: https://twitter.com/farouq1

Al-Farouq Aminu projects to be an NBA star based on his pure athleticism and innate basketball skills. He matches the new-look hybrid forward in the league with a long wingspan, which should translate to a successful career in the league. His raw game includes an attacking style of offense, often finishing high above the rim for a momentum changing dunk. Always delivering a high amount of energy, Aminu can defend both the shooting guard and small forward positions with relative ease. His numbers increased across the board following the departure of point guard Jeff Teague and forward James Johnson. From all accounts, Aminu seems to display strong character and wiliness to improve on his weak points.

By Jonah Ballow


While Aminu possesses a nice basketball base, he will need to develop a consistent jumper in order to become a complete NBA player. The 19-year old is young for his class and has time to work on deep range shooting after he only shot 27.3 percent behind the arc this past season. Teams are concerned with Aminu’s inability to create jumpshot opportunities off the dribble or score in isolation sets. Although many combo forwards have thrived in the league, Aminu might be stuck between the small forward and power forward positions.

By Jonah Ballow

How would he howl?
The Wolves are fairly stacked at both positions Aminu will play at the next level. With Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, and Damien Wilkins, Minnesota would not fill a need by drafting the Wake Forest standout. His extreme athleticism and upside may lead to the team taking a deep look at the options he provides, especially at the workouts prior to the June 24 Draft. Assuming the Wolves will stick to their gameplan of acquiring a big man or swing player, it would be a surprise to see Aminu in Minneapolis next season.

By Jonah Ballow

His Game Resembles

NCAA Tournament
Draft Profiles

Chad Ford's Top 100
"Aminu is still a pretty raw prospect, but for the first time in his career, you are seeing him consistently live up to his potential. Aminu has always had a physical profile NBA teams covet. He's a "wow" athlete who flies up and down the floor. Last season, that's all he really was. This season he has become one of the best rebounders in college basketball and is quickly developing an offensive game that should convince teams that he could be a full-time 4 in the NBA."

Draft Express
"Al-Farouq Aminu’s biggest selling points have always been his elite physical tools, his strong work ethic, his versatility on both ends of the floor, and his massive upside. Shooting ability is not something many would list among his strengths, which is why the work he’s putting in here is so important. While it’s hard to take away anything definitively from a single workout only three days into his pre-draft training, what we saw here was very impressive, and a great sign for the likelihood he reaches his tremendous potential down the road."

"One of the top athletes in the country, Aminu had a solid sophomore year, with more opportunities to shine after James Johnson and Jeff Teague left for the pros ... A huge leaper with freakish athleticism, explosiveness and solid length, Aminu uses these 3 strengths to make him an excellent rebounder and defender ... "

Mock Draft Recap

Ford's Mock Draft
No. 7 to Detroit

Draft Express
No. 8 to LA Clippers

No. 8 to LA Clippers

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