KJSSC: Al-Farouq Aminu Spotlight

AKRON, Ohio --- Al-Farouq Aminu certainly didn't play his best game in the King James Shooting Stars Classic championship, but he did enough to help his team to the title.

The Norcross (Ga.) High standout went for just seven points in the final game and scored a rough 17 points in the semifinals. Prior to those games, Aminu had been tearing up the competition with deep jumpers and smooth drives to the basket.

"I've been playing pretty good and I've been trying to get into the flow and find my position on the team," Aminu said.

One thing Aminu made clear was that his jump shot is much improved. In his first game of the event against Full Package (Ill.), Aminu sunk a pair of threes and drained a few sweet pull-ups off the bounce.

"I've been working on [my shooting] for a while now and just trying to overall shoot it better," he said. "My high school coach has really been working on it a lot."

The versatile forward, who is recognized as a top 10 recruit by virtually every scouting service, has a number of quality dimensions to his game. He handles the ball well, has the athleticism to throw down thunderous dunks and is capable of posting up and scoring with slick post moves.

Throughout the event Aminu had a few head coaches watching his every move. Billy Donovan and Skip Prosser were constants at the majority of his games and there were also a number of other schools checking him out including Connecticut and Georgia Tech.

"It's getting kind of crazy now," Aminu said. "There's a college coach every time I work out in the gym during the team workouts. I kind of like it though because I get to meet a lot of coaches, but it does get kind of overwhelming."

While North Carolina wasn't present in Akron, they have turned up their recruiting efforts with Aminu. Recently, he spoke to Roy Williams and received a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels.

"It was like two weeks ago," Aminu said. "I was on the phone and they called my coach and just offered me a scholarship. They just told me that they really wanted me and they wanted to offer me. They've been coming on real strong and texting me and all of that stuff."

Aminu already has a number of visits under his belt including trips to Connecticut, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He said his plan is to take some visits this summer and fall, before coming to a decision and signing in November.

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