Maybe I'm just daft, but I really don't see why Al-Farouq Aminu is universally considered a top 5 pick. Personally, I don't see how he is better than some other similar prospects that could be picked up later in the first round, like Devin Ebanks, John Henson, Damion James, Stanley Robinson and even Quincy Pondexter. He is a better ball handler than those other players, but other than that I don't see why he is so special, you know?
I haven't scouted him much, so could some people fill me in on why he is held in such high esteem amongst scouts and other members of the basketball community. Does he have more potential than those guys? If yes, how so? If Al-Farouq Aminu is still on these boards you might want to explain it to me yourself. :-p
By the way, I'm not trashing him. I seriously want to know why he is rated so high. Help me out.
Hey I was super low on Aminu before this season too, and I didn't think of him much more than as a defensive specialist. But when I saw Wake play earlier in the season v. Illinois, I saw a player that had an improved jump shot with more range, tighter handles, a beastly rebounder, and him putting his physical tools to work on the defensive end...He looked like a lotto pick that game. He reminded me more of Josh Smith than Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (who I always compare him to). I think he's a ways to go to being more than a 5th option in the NBA offensively, but the improvements I saw that game made it encouraging for him to be a good player in the future.
i don't think he is that great, his perimeter skills aren't amazing and he is a little small for power forward
Aminu is a universal top five pick because everyone talks to the same people and hear the same things. To say that every team would have him in the top five on their boards would be wrong, but enough of the people who talk are still caught up in his length and athleticism. It isn't like the draft sites, NBA columnists, or scouts are geniuses. They talk to other people. Scouts and GMs talk to their buddies who are still college coaches, and they complain about this one kid who they don't have anyone who can match his length and athleticism. They talk him up. It happened with all those Wake guys early last year. Jeff Teague went from a guy who might be an NBA player after four years to talk about him being a lottery pick. James Johnson became a first round pick after being a complete no-name. Aminu was right there with him. He was a highly thought of high school recruit who was on a 15-0 Wake Forest team who beat UNC and a couple other decent schools on national tv. Coaches on the losing end of national tv games always talk up their opponents afterwords. "If they weren't so good, we wouldn't have lost. It isn't like it was my coaching that hurt us." All of a sudden, Aminu was a one-and-done lottery pick. But that is why there are two halves to a college season. It happens every year. Stephen Curry never becomes a top ten pick if not for the incredible ground swell that was created from March Madness two years ago. The buzz took on a life of its own. Now, he is in Golden State and the Warriors get about the same production with the undrafted C.J. Watson as they do Curry. The same with Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick. The scouts conveniently forgot about the limitations of Trajan Langdon when that Duke team with Brand, Maggette, and Battier was rolling. I still remember watching those Big Baby LSU teams and wondering why Tyrus Thomas got so much buzz when nobody got set up by his teammates for highlight reel moments like Tyrus, but he was the next Amare, right? Right!?1? The same with the Patrick O'Bryant taking Bradley to the Sweet Sixteen. He must be good, because he had a good game and everyone who he beat is saying that this kid is special. They didn't consider that he hung 30 or whatever it was on Aaron Gray who they thought was a 2nd round pick. Like I said, it isn't like these people are geniuses.
I think Aminu is very similar to Stanley Robinson in terms of length and athleticism. Both are solid NCAA 4s. We saw the best and worst of Robinson yesterday. In the first half, he looked like a can't miss lottery pick. He flew around the court like no other and was hitting his shots. In the second half, you wouldn't know he was out there if not for the clanging of his shots against the rim. Aminu is the same way, though he gets scary when he tries to put the ball on the floor. Pondexter is much smaller than those two. I'm pretty sure James is taller and longer than Pondexter but not in the same realm as Aminu or Robinson. I think his game is more polished though. Henson is just a kid. I can't imagine him in the NBA until he gains 25 lbs. and a bunch of experience. Ebanks is probably a better prospect than Aminu, but he doesn't hit shots and has the issues with off the court problems. I honestly would not be surprised if Aminu returns to Wake for another year. He is still really young, and even if he returns would still be 20 years old when he would get drafted in 2011. Part of that probably has to do with the fact I don't think he would get on the floor much next year. Scouts love length, upside, and athleticism. Coaches love player who don't screw up, make all the defensive rotations, and can hit shots. Those are the things that win games and help them keep their jobs. Anyone who doubt me, it is why Jerebko is playing more than Daye, why Taj Gibson is playing more than James Johnson.
- Ability to get to free throw line
- Mismatch Potential
- Transition play
- Ability to put ball on floor
- Makes quick moves in the post
- Quick feet
- Ability to contest shots
- Commitment to playing defense
- Lateral quickness
- Versatility to defend multiple positions
- Huge upside
- Strong Intangibles
- Young for class
- Ability to finish around basket
- Excellent wingspan
- Solid frame
- Rebounding tools
Btw Devin Ebanks isn't even close to the player that Aminu is. He is also a year older than Aminu.
is he even better then Stanley Robinson?????? cause i do not think so
He's a little better at every skill than Robinson is, but not by all that much. Both will be open floor players who excel at finishing at the rim and making athletic plays offensively, but that won'tt be able to create their own offense unless they considerably improve their handles....Both should be excellent defenders though, as should Ebanks...
I want to see Aminu dunk on a Tarheel or catch a tip dunk at cameron indoor.
This is just me comparing the six players I mentioned, and what they do best (compared to the others). They are all considered defensive-minded hustle players with a lot of potential that are combo forwards but all project to be small forwards at the next level.
Devin Ebanks - Passing
Al-Farouq Aminu - Ball Handling
John Henson - Height, length, shotblocking
Damion James - Strength, finishing ability, rebounding, steals, drawing contact
Quincy Pondexter - Scoring, FT%
Stanley Robinson - Athleticism, shooting
Every one of you throws in good points, but I still can't see what separates him from the others. Perhaps his well-roundedness as iguodala said. Wake Forest plays three games in a row that I can scout, I'll have to viddy those to try to get a better idea.
Who would you guys compare Aminu to?
The reason that he is rated higher than the other guys is because he younger than the other players and has more potential. If he does become a good NBA player than it was a good pick based on his potential but if he doesnt he becomes a bust. a player like Aminu is a safe pick because he has the huge upside but if it doesnt pan out his skills would still make him a good rotation player for his defense and athleticism.