Boo: Al-Farouq Aminu Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. --- It took Al-Farouq Aminu a little while to get warmed up, but once he got going, he looked like one of the nation's top prospects.

Aminu's double-double performance on Friday night was actually a sub-par effort by his standards. He wasn't in the flow of the game, fumbled passes, struggled securing rebounds and was visibly frustrated. Not to mention that his favored Georgia Stars were upset in the late-night opener.

Saturday was a different story. Aminu hit five of his first six shots and showed impressive offensive versatility. His baskets came on deep jumpers, mid-range bank shots, drives in the lane and some quick moves in the post.

His final stat line read 21 points (9-12 FG) and 10 rebounds.

With Aminu's ball skills and thin frame, the 6-8, 200-pounder seemed most comfortable as a wing forward. He can create on his own and excelled more as a face-up scorer than with his back to the basket. But asked afterward he voiced no preference in position.

"We just try to play basketball and not to stick to positions," he said of his team. "If we go to a small group and they need me in the post, I'll play center or power forward. If we go with a bigger group and I need to take it from the top, I'll go as a small forward."

Considering his current ability and seemingly limitless upside, it's no surprise he's had such strong college interest. What schools are on his list?

"A lot – I like ACC, SEC, maybe be a little closer to home, but I also like some other schools," Aminu responded. "It's going to be hard [to narrow them down]. All of them are good, but it comes down to location and coaching."

Aminu said he planned to take official visits in the fall and come to a decision soon after.

"I might try to do it after the summer or before my high school season starts," he said of finalizing his decision.

Earlier this year he attended games at UConn and North Carolina. He said he enjoyed his trip to Chapel Hill in February and a scholarship offer might be on the way.

"I like them," Aminu said of the Tar Heels. "I went to go and see them and liked them. I think they might offer, I'm not sure. They said they were looking at me hard."

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