Al-Farouq Aminu: NBA Draft Profile

February 3rd, 2009

Al-Farouq Aminu


College: Wake Forest

Class: Freshman

Position: SF/PF

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 215lbs


Accolades: McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), First Team Parade All-American - high school (08), Mr. Georgia Basketball - high school (08), Second Team All-USA - USA Today - high school (08).


Scouting Report: A inside/outside threat with an NBA body.


Strengths: Terrific athlete. Wingspan measures in at 7’2”. Explosive player. Good body control. Great at driving/slashing to the hoop. Quick feet on defense. Fabulous rebounder - really battles for the boards. Versatile - can play inside or out. Fantastic size for an NBA small forward. Very good shot blocker.


Weaknesses: Can be too predictable on offense - likes to put the ball on the floor and drive the majority of the time. Needs to work on his outside shot. Turns the ball over too much. Not a big-time scorer on the college level. Mediocre free throw shooter. Still is raw - needs more experience. Had legal issues in high school.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top 10 pick.


Consensus: Al-Farouq Aminu has all the makings of an above average NBA player. He probably could use another year in college to improve his outside shot, but his size and athleticism are NBA-ready right now.


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