Aminu Takes in Big Day at UNC

While commemorating the national championship teams and handily beating Wake Forest was top priority Saturday for the UNC coaches, they also hosted top-10 recruit Al-Farouq Aminu. The Norcross (Ga.) High standout left with a better feel for the Tar Heel program and its coach.

"It went nicely," Aminu said of the visit. "When we first got out there we had nice seats right behind the bench and we got to see the players. Before that we were able to see the pre-game speech [in the locker room] and that was real cool.

"We were in there for the prayer and he said a couple things about who everyone was guarding and got everybody hyped up."

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward enjoyed the pre-game festivities and the game, but what impressed him the most was Roy Williams. Aminu said he loved the fact that Williams had the demeanor of a player's coach.

"I like the coach. You know the cancer awareness shoe thing? Well, all the player were like ‘Hey coach, what shoes you got on?' - it was just cool. It wasn't like they were scared of their coach. It seemed like he was a player's coach."

"They weren't scared of him or anything and they were laughing and joking around with him, but when it came time for the game he got serious and everybody got serious. I kind of liked that it's not strictly business and there is some kind of college life, too."

Aminu said he enjoyed the halftime ceremonies that included such NBA greats as Michael Jordan and James Worthy, but his contact with them was limited due to NCAA rules.

After the game, Aminu, who is also considering Florida, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest and Connecticut, sat down with Williams and learned more about the Tar Heel tradition.

"We talked about their program a little bit and he told me some good things about academics and really just told me about his program."

So did Williams put a scholarship offer on the table? "Not really. They haven't sat me down and said they have a scholarship for me."

Aminu still plans on waiting on the process. He hopes to take a few more unofficial visits. He's already been to Florida, Georgia Tech, Connecticut and now North Carolina. He said next on his visit list is Wake Forest.

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