MDC: Al-Farouq Aminu Spotlight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- When Al-Farouq Aminu and Greg Monroe first locked horns last month at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Aminu and the Georgia Stars escaped with a close win over Monroe's Louisiana Select. Saturday afternoon in Nashville, Aminu and the Stars got another crack at the nation's top rated prospect and put a thumping on him.

While Aminu enjoys playing against the best, the 6-8 forward admitted that there wasn't quite as much hype for the matchup the second time around.

"I think when I played him in Houston that was big for me," said Aminu. "But this time he's just like another guy for me. I think we're both good players. He's more in the paint and likes to face up in the paint, I'm more on the wing."

A versatile combo forward who is continuing to expand his perimeter game, Aminu has played almost exclusively at the three with the Stars and he's showing improved ball handling. Off the court, he's hoping to shorten his school list in the next month or so.

"I'm thinking about trying to narrow it down," Aminu told Inside Carolina. "Probably in the middle to end of the summer and getting it to two or three and then trying to choose."

The schools pursuing him the hardest at this point are North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest and he said the Tar Heels have worked hard to make sure he knows he's welcome in Chapel Hill.

"UNC, they make sure that they always stay in the back of my mind," said Aminu of North Carolina's approach. "They try to make sure that they stay in contact a lot."

With an already short list, Aminu has started to put a lot of thought into what will make the difference when he makes the next cut. He likes the academic situations at all of the schools recruiting him, so it's going to come down to comfort level.

"I think if I'm comfortable there," said Aminu on the most important factor in his decision. "For the most part all of the schools are about the same, they have good education available and stuff like that. So it will just come down to where I feel comfortable."

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