Al-Farouq Aminu Named ACC Rookie of the Week

Jan. 5, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu was named the ACC Rookie of the Week after leading the Demon Deacons to a pair of wins last week, including a victory at BYU to snap the Cougars' 53-game home court winning streak.

Aminu averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in wins over Radford and Brigham Young. The Norcross, Ga., product went 12-of-23 from the floor (.522) and 7-of-10 from the free throw line (.700) in the two games.

In Saturday's 94-87 win at Brigham Young, which snapped the Cougars' national-best 53-game home court winning streak, Aminu had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

In Wake's 83-61 home defeat of Radford on Tuesday, Aminu posted his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

This marks the second time that Aminu has won the ACC Rookie of the Week Award. He first received the honor on December 1.

On the season, Aminu is leading the team with 8.9 rebounds per game and is scoring 13.0 points per game. He is shooting 55.4 percent from the floor and leads the Deacs with 18 blocks.

Wake Forest is 13-0 on the season and ranked No. 4 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Deacons return to action on Sunday when they host No. 3-ranked North Carolina at 8 p.m. at the Joel Coliseum.



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