Heels Increasing Interest in Aminu

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Tar Heels are already recruiting a number of the top rated big men and now you can add one more to the mix. This past weekend UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay and head coach Roy Williams checked out a couple of impressive performances by Al-Farouq Aminu.

Against Richmond (Ky.) Bryan Station Friday night at the Nicholasville Shootout, Aminu went for an impressive 19 points. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward from Norcross (Ga.) did most of his work off dunks and strong finishes.

The next night Roy Williams showed up in Lexington and the big man looked even better. Against Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central Aminu hit four three-pointers on his way to 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

Aminu is known as an athletic face-up four man that runs the floor and finishes in transition. On Saturday, Aminu showed a part of his game that we hadn't seen, a solid jump shot that extends out to the three-point line.

"The coaching staff has really had me on the gun a lot," Aminu said Saturday night. "I've just been trying to work on [my shooting] real hard."

Up to this point Aminu has received scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Florida and Clemson. He's also receiving heavy interest from UConn, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Kentucky and now North Carolina.

Aminu said the Tar Heels are just starting to make their move on him, but he hasn't received a scholarship offer from them yet.

"I've talked to some people on the staff, but not Roy Williams."

"[Their interest's] been real recent. They really just started showing interest after the Oak Hill game. That's when they really started coming on a little harder."

UNC's head coach was in attendance for that Oak Hill-Norcross game on Dec. 7.

While the Tar Heels are making a late entry into the Aminu sweepstakes, there's still plenty of time for them to make their push. The big guy plans to do some research on each school and make his decision in the summer or fall.

"I'm just going to take my time," he said. "I might wait until my senior year so I can get my visits in so I might do that."

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