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Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Norcross, Ga.

High School:
Norcross HS

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 215

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
09/21/1990

Experience:
2VL

Major:
Communication

01/20/2010

Wake Forest vs. UNC - Jan. 20, 2010

Wake Forest vs. UNC - Jan. 20, 2010

12/20/2009

Wake Forest Takes ACC Opener Over NC State, 67-59

Wake Forest vs. NC State

12/30/2008

No. 6 Wake Forest Tops Radford, 83-61

Demon Deacons will battle BYU Saturday night

12/14/2008

No. 11 Wake Forest Remains Undefeated, Beats Wright State 66-53

Harvey Hale contributed 17 points in the win

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Played two seasons at Wake Forest before declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft ... Became the third player in two seasons, along with James Johnson and Jeff Teague in 2009, to leave for the NBA after his sophomore year ... Was the fifth player in program history to leave school early for the NBA ... One of the top players in the country in 2009-10, earning multiple All-America honors ... Only players in the ACC to average a double-double ... Has posted 29 double-doubles in 62 career games ... A multi-dimensional talent with a rare mix of size and skill ... Played on the wing at small forward and inside at the power forward position ... A mismatch nightmare who could post up smaller players and take on bigger players off the dribble ... Was one of the most heralded recruits in program history.


2009-10 (Sophomore)
Saw action in all 31 games, making 30 starts on the year .... Became the 14th player in Wake Forest history to earn All-America honors ... Third team All-American according to CBSSports.com and FoxSports.com ... Honorable mention AP All-American ... Named first team all-district by the NABC and the USBWA ... Midseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award ... Named second team All-ACC, finishing eight points shy of first team honors ... Sporting News first team All-ACC pick ... Received the team's Best Rebounder Award ... Averaged 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game ... First Deacon to lead the ACC in rebounding since Tim Duncan in 1997 ... Only player in the ACC, and one of just five among the power six conferences, to average a double-double ... Led all power six conference players in rebounding ... Led the ACC and ranked ninth nationally with 19 double-doubles ... Led the ACC with 21 double-digit rebounding performances and with nine "20 & 10" games ... Ended sophomore season with 585 career rebounds, which is the seventh-highest two-year total in ACC history ... Just the fourth player in school history with 500+ rebounds after sophomore year ... Led team in scoring (15.8), rebounding (10.7), blocks (44) and free throws (139) ... Ranked third on the team in steals (44), assists (41) and three-pointers (18) ... Led the ACC in rebounding (10.7), offensive rebounds (4.3) and defensive rebounds (6.4) and ranked sixth in blocks (1.4) and in field goal percentage (.447), eighth in scoring (15.8) and 10th in steals (1.4) ... One of three players, along with Duke's Jon Scheyer and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, to rank in the top 10 of the ACC in seven statistical categories ... Scored in double figures 26 times and turned in 10 20-point performances to rank seventh in the ACC ... Led the team with 46 dunks ... Declared for the 2010 NBA Draft on April 1.

2009-10 Game-by-Game
Opened the season with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Oral Roberts (Nov. 13) ... Followed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals at East Carolina (Nov. 15) ... Named the ACC Player of the Week on Nov. 16 ... Posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. High Point (Nov. 18) ... Had 13 points and 4 rebounds vs. Winston-Salem State (Nov. 24) ... Posted a double-double of 11 points and a career-best 20 rebounds vs. William & Mary (Nov. 28) ... Turned in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds at Purdue (Dec. 1) ... Battled foul trouble at Gonzaga (Dec. 5) but still managed to put up 9 points and 5 rebounds ... Finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Elon (Dec. 13) ... Came off the bench against the Phoenix because he was late for shootaround ... Posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with 3 steals, at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 16) ... Led the team with 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. NC State (Dec. 20) ... Finished with 23 points, 17 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 assists at UNC Greensboro (Dec. 28) ... Had 16 points and 9 rebounds and went 10-for-15 at the foul line vs. Richmond (Dec. 31) ... Was 6-for-8 at the foul in line in OT vs. Richmond ... Posted a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds vs. Xavier (Jan. 3) ... Went 11-for-19 from the field and had 3 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals in 41 minutes vs. Xavier ... Pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and scored 9 points at Miami (Jan. 9) ... Turned in a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, in addition to 3 blocks and 2 steals, vs. Maryland (Jan. 12) ... Finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds at Duke (Jan. 17) ... Posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds at North Carolina (Jan. 20) ... Had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards, along with 4 assists, vs. Virginia (Jan. 23) ... Turned in 15 points and 8 rebounds at Georgia Tech (Jan. 28) ... Finished with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Miami (Feb. 2) ... Posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 3 blocks, at Virginia (Feb. 6) ... Had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, along with 8 boards and 4 blocks vs. Boston College (Feb. 9) ... Finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 13) ... Scored 21 first-half points and finished with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds at Virginia Tech (Feb. 16) ... Had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds at NC State (Feb. 20) ... Turned in 7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals vs. UNC (Feb. 27) ... Held scoreless for first time in his career at FSU (Mar. 3) ... Posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Clemson (Mar. 7) ... Had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. Miami in the ACC Tournament (Mar. 11) ... Recorded a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament vs. Texas (Mar. 18) ... Turned in 16 points and 8 rebounds despite being limited by foul trouble in his final collegiate game in the NCAA Tournament second round vs. Kentucky (Mar. 20).

2008-09 (Freshman)
Played in all 31 games and made 30 starts ... Named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News, FoxSports.com, CBSSports.com and CollegeHoops.net ... Was the only ACC freshman to make the Sporting News' five-man team ... Unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team ... Finished runner-up in voting for ACC Rookie of the Year ... Named ACC Rookie of the Week five times (Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Mar. 9), tying the school record previously set by Rodney Rogers and Chris Paul ... Chosen as the ACC Freshman of the Year by CBSSports.com ... Averaged 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, ranking third and second respectively on the team ... Ranked second on the team in blocks (38), third in steals (30) and fourth in assists (46) ... Shot 51.6 percent from the field ... Led all ACC freshmen in rebounding, was second among the rookies in scoring and was third in minutes played (29.0 mpg) ... Ranked fifth in the ACC in rebounding and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.9 drpg) ... Posted 10 double-doubles on the season, more than doubling the combined total of all other ACC freshmen ... Finished with the third-highest rebounding total (253) and third-best rebounding average (8.2) in program history for a Wake Forest freshman ... Had the fifth-most blocked shots (38) ever by a Deacon freshman ... Combined with James Johnson to become the fourth-best rebounding duo in program history, averaging a combined 16.7 rebounds per game ... Scored in double figures 22 times and led the team in scoring seven times ... Led the Deacs in rebounding in 11 games ... Led the team with 45 dunks on the season.

2008-09 Game-by-Game
Made his collegiate debut with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds vs. N.C. Central (Nov. 14) ... His 21 points were the most by a Deacon freshman in his debut since Rodney Rogers scored 24 in 1990 ... Recorded his second straight double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 points vs. UNC Wilmington (Nov. 19) ... Scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 27) ... Had 15 points and eight rebounds vs. UTEP (Nov. 28) ... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Baylor (Nov. 30) in the championship game of the 76 Classic ... Had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks vs. Indiana (Dec. 3) ... Scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulled down eight boards at Richmond (Dec. 19) ... Posted his fourth double-double with game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds at East Carolina (Dec. 22) ... Turned in his second straight double-double with 18 points and 10 boards against Radford (Dec. 30) ... Had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a road win at BYU (Jan. 3) ... Had nine points and six boards before fouling out in his ACC debut vs. North Carolina (Jan. 11) ... Finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists at Boston College (Jan. 14) ... Posted sixth double-double of season with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Clemson (Jan. 17) ... Had 10 points and three steals vs. Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) despite leaving to receive stitches in his forehead in the first half ... Posted double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Duke (Jan. 28) ... Posted second straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, including 5 steals, at Georgia Tech (Jan. 31) ... Scored a season-high 26 points on 8-of-9 shooting vs. Boston College (Feb. 8) ... Scored 17 points vs. Florida State (Feb. 14) ... Had 14 points vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 18) ... Scored 12 points at Virginia (Feb. 28) ... Posted a double-double of 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Maryland (Mar. 3) ... Turned in a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds vs. Clemson (Mar. 8) ... Had eight points and seven rebounds vs. Maryland in the ACC Tournament (Mar. 13) ... Scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had six rebounds vs. Cleveland State in the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 20).

High School
Rated as the No. 7 prospect in the nation and the top small forward according to Rivals.com ... Also tabbed by Rivals as a five-star recruit and as the top 2008 recruit in the state of Georgia ... Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 16 recruit in the country and the fourth-best small forward ... Rated the No. 8 prospect in the country according to Hoopmasters.com and the No. 15 prospect by HoopsReport.com ... Part of a Wake Forest recruiting class ranked No. 3 in the country by Rivals ... Named a 2008 first team Parade All-American ... Played in the 2008 McDonald's All-American game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee ... Started for the East squad, finishing with four rebounds and a steal to help the East to a 107-102 win ... Member of the USA Junior National Select Team ... Played for the USA in the 2008 Nike Hoops Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. ... Had 10 points and five rebounds to help the USA to a 98-78 defeat of the World Select Team ... Played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic in Madison Squad Garden ... Was a teammate on the White squad with Tony Woods ... Had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 124-114 loss to the Blue squad ... Participated in the 2007 Elite 24 High School Showcase at legendary Rucker Park in New York City ... Member of the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival Red Team that finished with a 5-0 record and the gold medal ... Attended the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2007 ... Played at Norcross High School under coach Eddie Martin ... Helped Norcross to Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008 ... As a senior, led Norcross to a 29-2 record while averaging 23.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game ... Norcross finished the 2007-08 season ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in the South Region in the USA Today Super 25 Boy's Basketball Rankings ... Named the Atlanta Tipoff Club's 2008 Mr. Georgia Basketball ... Named first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2008 ... Scored 27 points to lead Norcross to a 59-48 victory over Helen Cox H.S. and Georgetown top recruit Greg Monroe in the Old Spice High School Showcase on Jan. 10, 2008 on ESPN2 ... In 2006-07, played alongside Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal and Florida State's Jordan DeMercy to lead Norcross to a 30-3 mark and a No. 12 final national ranking ... Averaged 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior ... Had 14 points and 16 rebounds in a nationally-televised game against Oak Hill Academy in 2006-07 ... Lists career highs of 26 points, 21 rebounds and 10 blocked shots ... Transferred to Norcross from Wesleyan School as a sophomore ... Played on Norcross' JV squad in 2005-06 due to state transfer rules ... Played summer ball for Norman Parker and Bo Bell on the Georgia Stars where he was a teammate with Tony Woods ... Helped his 16U team to the Boo Williams Tournament title and his 17U squad to the King James Tournament championship.

Personal
Son of Aboubakar Aminu and Anjirlic Aminu ... Descends from a line of Nigerian kings ... Name Al-Farouq means "the chief has arrived" ... Born Sept. 21, 1990 in Atlanta ... Brother of former Georgia Tech forward Alade Aminu ... Also has a younger brother ... Committed verbally to Wake Forest in July 2007, on the same day as Tony Woods ... Chose Wake Forest over North Carolina and Georgia Tech ... Has a 7-2 wing span ... Wore No. 42 in high school ... Declared a major in communication prior to his junior year.

 

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