Aminu Becoming Dominant

A number of big men in the 2008 class have staked their claim as the top big man in the class and Greg Monroe is widely known as the best of the bunch. But there are a solid group of other bigs that have made themselves known and Al-Farouq Aminu, of Norcross (GA) High, is certainly one of them.

Aminu, who stands 6-8 and weighs in at 195-pounds, is great running the floor and is as skilled as a big man can be at this stage in the game. This summer he ran with the Georgia Stars and Aminu proved he can play with the best in his class.

"When he went up against Howard Thompkins he dominated Howard," Michael Maynard, of the Georgia Stars, said. "In the Prather tournament he played him and he also played Chris Singleton and he dominated both of those kids. He played them in the same tournament."

"He had a really good summer. He played well for us at the Peach Jam. He had a really solid Peach Jam. At Kingwood he played really well, but we got knocked out in pool play so he didn't have a chance to see some of the other guys like Greg Monroe."

Scouts and coaches certainly agree with Maynard as many have Aminu ranked as a top ten player in 2008. National analyst Dave Telep has him listed 8th in the country, which ranks him fourth among power forwards only behind Monroe, Delvon Roe and Ed Davis.

"When he went up against some of the so called best players in the class of 08 he always represents himself as one of the top players. He really earned his rankings."

Another aspect that Aminu has going for him is his age.

"I think everybody kind of understands that he's going to be a very special talent when he gets to college. He just turned 16 and he's already kind of a man child. His arms and legs go on forever and he had a 7-foot-3 wingspan when he was 14."

Among the schools after the big guy are Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, Wake Forest and Clemson. Last weekend Aminu tripped to Florida and took in their midnight madness.

Aminu's brother, Alade Aminu, is a sophomore at Georgia Tech. Will that affect Aminu's decision?

"No, not according to him," Maynard said Tuesday evening. "He's being recruited as an individual and he's made it clear to his parents and everybody that he's talked too."

Wake Forest is another school showing a high level of interest in Aminu and Maynard fields plenty of calls from their staff.

"Coach Kelsey has called me quite often," he said. "He's definitely been good and diligent. He's one of those guys that stay on top of it. During the summer time we talk every week almost."


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