USA: Al-Farouq Aminu Spotlight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As he approaches the home stretch in his recruitment, Al-Farouq Aminu has finalized his list and is now trying to figure out the right fit. After a handful of recent visits, the 6-foot-8 wing is set on his final three schools.

"Florida, I don't think they are in the picture any more," Aminu said. "I think I'm going to stick with the three that I have -- Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. I was not sure about them, and then after the visit I still wasn't sure about them."

Florida isn't the only school Aminu tripped to in the past month. He also traveled to Winston-Salem and Atlanta to check out the Demon Deacons and Yellow Jackets.

"I had a little bit of time at Georgia Tech. I talked to my brother and talked to Iman Shumpert up there. I had a pretty good time."

"At Wake Forest I had a pretty good time, too. I got to meet a couple of the players like L.D. [Williams] and Ish [Smith]. I got to meet them and that was cool."

Although the Tar Heels didn't get a recent visit, they are still firmly in the mix. According to Aminu, the fact that Roy Williams produces pros is a key factor.

"They put players in the league and they obviously know what they are doing," the Norcross (Ga.) High standout said about UNC. "They are very rich in basketball and they are just a basketball powerhouse."

Originally, Aminu, who is ranked as the top wing in the class of 2008, worried about playing with his brother at Georgia Tech. Now, Aminu is taking a different approach to the situation.

"I think playing with my brother is not going to be an issue anymore. It's going to be more about how I like that school. We were talking about it and he was like ‘I'm only going to be there for one year.' I thought about it like that and for three years I could make my own niche."

The next step for Aminu is to sit down with his mother, Angelic, and his brother, Alade, and discuss the positives and negatives of his remaining schools. It was reported that he was shooting to make his decision at the Peach Jam in mid-July; however he might do it earlier.

"I think I might do it at one of these camps I go to. It's not like I want to rush it, but I kind of want to get it over with. Once I know, I'm not going to wait. If I know before Peach Jam, I'm not going to wait."

Speaking of camps, Aminu played his first game of the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival today and finished with 15 point (5-for-12) and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

Although he seemed relatively quiet offensively, he picked his spots was able to get a few offensive rebounds and put backs. His length and athleticism also helped him block three shots and tally four steals.

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