Aminu Making A Name For Himself

Alade Aminu. Ever heard of him? Well, chances are you will in the very near future. This Georgia star is on the verge of breaking out.

As a junior, Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson junior Alade Aminu averaged 20 points per game. At 6-9 and just a feather over 200 pounds, you would think he'd be a little easier to recognize on the national circuit.

Aminu, however, is just beginning to get his name out there. He plays for the Georgia Stars, a team loaded with talent. It's not easy to get recognized in a setting like that, that is until you deflate a basketball with a big time shot block and make a free throw line jumper like Aminu did in the title game at Kingwood.

After a strong beginning to the spring, Aminu is beginning to assert himself offensively and his confidence is very high.

"I had to pick up the [scoring] pace," Aminu said. "Once I stepped up and started scoring, I had the confidence to play against the big boys."

Confidence is something he shouldn't be lacking. He's the two-time region champion in the triple jump. At 6-9, he's leaping 47-1. Not too shabby.

Prior to the spring, Cincinnati, Furman and UAB had shown interest in him. Now, schools are flocking to his gym.

Last week, Georgia coach Dennis Felton checked him out. Recently, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Miami, South Florida and Western Kentucky trekked to his high school. So have Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock.

There's no doubt he's heating up as a prospect. The question is, will he eventually make it to the top level? Well, if he takes his game a little further, maybe Kentucky or Georgia Tech will come calling. Aminu said that if either got heavily involved they'd be in strong position.

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