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WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:10 am
 
Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu announced Thursday morning that he wil enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward will hire an agent and forfeit his amateur status.

"This was a difficult decision," Aminu said. "But after talking it over with my family and my coaches, I believe now is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA. I want to thank Wake Forest and the basketball program for all they have done for me the past two years. I have had some great experiences and will miss the friends that I have made here. I'm excited to take the next step and begin my professional career."

Aminu averaged 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

DraftExpress.com projects him as a top five pick.
Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2010 8:56 pm
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

As a Wake fan, I can only say that Aminu is not ready for the NBA. While part of it is wanting him back for next year, he showed obvious problems this year that I think some more college play could help fix. He takes far too many long jumpshots without actually having the capability to make them, I always cringed when he got the ball behind the 3-point line. He also is very turnover prone and loses his dribble in the paint a lot. He's very talented but still young and his game needs to mature. However, since NBA drafts on potential and not on proven ability he will be a top pick.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 5:40 pm
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Yeah, i like DaShaun Butler also.I think he will benifit from the NBA style also, but Aminu is young, I dont think he will be complacent. He comes from a hard working family and I personally believe(you saw him play more than I did) that his game got better from his freshman year to his sophmore year. The problem with your team was that your Point guards(Teague last year, and Smith this year) were shoot first guards and he was left to scurry for his self on most possesions.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:26 pm
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Here's my bet, as soon as he gets his money, he'll get complacent and have average stats - you watch.  Give me DaSean Butler any day of the week.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:24 pm
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

I don't think we're in disagreement.  I think he could be a 15-7 guy, but that's the best I see.  But would you spend a top 5 pick on those stats?  Some recent top 5 picks:  Chris Paul, Melo, Wade, Lebron, Pau Gasol.  Also, as a Wake fan, I distinctly remember Josh Howard's senior year at Wake, he carried a mediocre Wake team to an ACC reg season title (13-3) by putting the team on his back.  What a great season, and if I were an NBA exec, I saw it in him.  I don't see the fire or leadership in Aminu's eyes or his play.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 11:57 am
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

I respectfully disagree fear the Deacon, the biggest difference between the NBA and college is the freedom of individulisim(If thats not a word, I just made it up). Aminu might not be a STAR star, like Kobe of Lebron or even Joe Johnson, but I could see him becoming a Caron Butler or Josh Howard type player. I mention those two, because no one knew what kind of skills they possesed until they got into the NBA and it was a more wide open game, not so many zone defenses and less focus on team play, and more on the individual. Aminu works hard on his game, if he gets to the right situation, his already improving ball handling and jump shooting will only get better. Hes already a adept low post scorer and has mounds of energy.I see him becoming a 15 pts 7 rebounds a gamer in the NBA.




Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2010 10:05 am
 

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Even as a biased WFU alum, I don't see Aminu as a star at the next level.  Perhaps a starter on a sub-500 team, but no star.  Best of luck to him, he's a good guy with flashes of brilliance.



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