UNC Visit In The Works for Aminu

While it was obvious the Tar Heels were evaluating Al-Farouq Aminu, it looks like they've taken the next step. Roy Williams has been in recent contact with Aminu's family and a visit is in the works.

"[North Carolina] came on strong right after they said they were interested," Aminu said. "They want me to come up and my mom told me she spoke to the head coach [Roy Williams] already. That was nice that my mom was able to speak to [him]."

Roy Williams has watched the 6-8, 200-pound Norcross (Ga.) High standout at least twice this season. The last game Williams attended, which was in early January, Aminu went for 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 behind the three-point line.

Aminu, who claims scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Clemson, among others, said he stays in touch with the assistant coaches, but was surprised Coach Williams took the time to call his mother.

"They've been to three or four games in the past month," Aminu said. "That's a lot for a college team that is playing all over. As well as their head coach taking the time out when he's very busy and calling to talk to my mom. I thought that was really nice."

Many think because his brother, Alade, plays for Georgia Tech that the younger Aminu is a lock to join him. However, he's quick to address that situation and seems genuine when he says he's not sure he wants to play alongside his brother.

"If I go up there, unconsciously they'll say ‘That's Alade's brother' and I kind of think about that. I don't want to be called ‘Alade's brother.'"

"We were just talking to each other and we don't know if we want to be teammates. I might want to do my thing and him do his thing. It would be weird playing on the same team, but other times I think it would be kind of cool. I'll have to see if the good will outweigh the bad."

With his brother playing for the Yellow Jackets, Aminu has already seen Georgia Tech's campus as well as Florida's and Connecticut's. His next trip could be soon and possibly to a pair of ACC schools.

"I'm trying to get up to North Carolina and also to Wake Forest. Hopefully on a weekend we don't have any games or practices; I want to try and go up there on a Saturday."

Aminu has been adamant that he wants to compile as much information on each school as possible. He indicated that he might wait until his senior year to make a decision so that he can take a few official visits.

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