Kingwood: Al-Farouq Aminu Spotlight

HOUSTON --- Saturday afternoon at the Kingwood Classic has turned into one of high school hoops' biggest spectacles, filled with top college coaches and high profile players. One of the most high profile kids in attendance is 6-8 forward Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Norcross (Ga.) High product was as good as advertised on Saturday.

A long and slender face up four man, Aminu was knocking down shots from 12 to 17 feet, running the floor for dunks and crashing the glass -- especially on the offensive end. Among those following Aminu's every move were North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and his assistant Steve Robinson.

The soft spoken Aminu confirmed that he now has an offer on the table from the Tar Heels.

"They called me on the phone and they said they really wanted me," said Aminu. "Then they offered me, so that's how it went down."

It's well known that the Heels are looking for a power forward. According to Aminu, he doesn't really worry about when an offer came or who else a school might have been recruiting because he understands the pressure on elite programs to win.

"They have a little pressure on them," Aminu said of North Carolina. "They are a big school with a lot of tradition so they are going to want to offer the best players out there."

With speculation that North Carolina is among his leaders with Georgia Tech, UConn and Florida, Aminu wasn't too interested in getting into specific about favorites.

"There's a lot of ACC teams and SEC teams and Connecticut is up there, too," said Aminu. "I'd just say that it's a lot of teams, I'm really pretty much interested in everybody right now."

However, Aminu did address how he feels about potentially playing with his older brother, Alade, at Georgia Tech. While it would be fun, he said, the two have also discussed how playing at separate places could be beneficial.

"It would be kind of cool to play each other and we've talked about it," said Aminu of playing with his brother. "But, then sometimes we think that maybe it would be cool if he did his thing over there and I did my thing somewhere else. We're still talking about it."

According to Aminu, he'd like to narrow things down to four or five schools in the near future. For now, he's just focused on trying to help the Georgia Stars win some games and playing whomever is lined up across from him.

On Saturday that included the top-ranked prospect, Greg Monroe, whom Aminu outscored, 19-16.

"I knew there was going to be a lot of good competition here," said Aminu. "I'm not really worried about who I play, I just want to win."

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