Aminu: Wake Felt Like Home

Al-Farouq Aminu, the nation's #3 rated prospect in the class of 2008, made his verbal commitment Wednesday night, accepting a scholarship offer from Wake Forest. Aminu joins Ty Walker and Tony Woods in Wake Forest's 2008 recruiting class.

"I talked to Coach Prosser [and committed]," Al-Farouq Aminu said Thursday evening. "He was just real happy. Real happy. He was grateful and everything. He told me welcome to the family and that they were glad to have me."

The 6'8, 195-pound small forward chose Wake Forest over offers from North Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, and a host of other colleges. In the end, Aminu's decision came down to feeling at home with the players, staff, and campus at Wake Forest.

"It just felt like home to me," Aminu said. "I got to talk to the players a lot. I got [to know them] and see how they really are. I got to see it wasn't a mirage when I first went up there. They're real genuine people so I thought it was a great fit. I got close with Ish [Smith] the point guard and L.D. [Williams.]

They had a great family bond when I went there," he continued. "I liked the coaches and players there so it was just like family. That's exactly what I was looking for."

Aminu also played in integral part in AAU teammate Tony Woods' commitment to Wake Forest. "When I went up to visit, I liked it a lot," Aminu recalled. "I told Tony to visit but he was going to go to Florida...but then with the coaching change [ordeal] happened [at Florida] and he ended up going to Wake to visit and this is how it turned out. It's really good for the both of us."

Although rated the #1 small forward in the nation and the #3 prospect overall, Aminu feels he still has areas of his game to improve upon before stepping foot on the campus at Wake Forest. "I want to be able to control the game more," he said. "I'm basically working on my guard play, slowing it down and being able to dribble a lot like I want to. Right now, the quicker guards are giving me a tough time when I'm trying to dribble and create because they're so quick so I really want to work on my guard game."

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