Aminu, Woods Decide At Peach

When it was time decide, good friend Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods figured the best option for both of them was to attend the same program. That made one ACC campus extremely happy on Thursday.

The "Big Three" are done. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons, as of Thursday, are the proud owners of one of the elite recruiting classes in college basketball.

Al-Farouq Aminu, Scout.com's third-ranked recruit, Ty Walker (No. 14) and Tony Woods (55) are all members of Skip Prosser's 2008 recruiting class.

Aminu, the nation's top-ranked small forward and Woods, one of the elite centers, both committed to the Demon Deacons at the Peach Jam. Wake edged Georgia Tech and North Carolina to get Aminu. His brother, Alade is a junior on the Tech basketball team.

"The truth is, sometimes these guys want to blaze their own trail," Georgia Stars coach Norm Parker said of Aminu. "I think that's what Al-Farouq wanted to do. He respects Coach Hewitt, he respects Georgia Tech and he told me he had a tough decision.

"When it was all said and done, Wake did a good job recruiting him and he felt comfortable with them in the end."

Meanwhile, Woods could have picked a plethora of programs including the defending national champion Florida Gators, Alabama and Georgia.

"Tony looks at Tim Duncan and some of the big guys that have been through Wake," Parker said. "Tony liked the small school atmosphere and ACC basketball."

The Demon Deacons went into the heart of Georgia for the 6-foot-9 Aminu and mined him out of Norcross High. They plucked the 6-11 Woods from Rome High School.

Thursday was a significant day for the Deacs. Aminu is their highest rated recruit since Chris Paul, a former Top 10 player. It also means the class they are stringing together is near the top nationally with powerhouse UCLA. The Bruins built their crew on guards, Wake used bigs to make the rise.


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