Aminu declares for NBA Draft
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu has decided to enter the NBA Draft.
The sophomore will also hire an agent, foregoing his final two years of collegiate eligibility.
"This was a difficult decision," said Aminu. "But after talking it over with my family and my coaches, I believe now is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA. I want to thank Wake Forest and the basketball program for all they have done for me the past two years. I have had some great experiences and will miss the friends that I have made here. I'm excited to take the next step and begin my professional career."
Aminu averaged 15.8 points and an ACC-best 10.7 rebounds this past season, becoming the first Wake Forest player to lead the conference in rebounding since Tim Duncan in 1997. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and was the only player in the league to average a double-double for the season.
"After several discussions with Al-Farouq and extensive research with NBA executives, we feel that it is in his best interest to pursue an NBA career," said Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio. "We also believe that it is important for him to return in the future and complete his coursework to earn his college degree. I want to wish Al-Farouq all the best. I'm looking forward to following his progress in what will undoubtedly be a successful pro career."
In 62 games with Wake Forest, including 60 starts, Aminu averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.
The 2010 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 24 in New York City.
im a big fan, but i think he needed 1 more year to refine his game, he needed to work on his jump shot and decision making.......
Aminu is a Luol Deng type of player, grat physical assets but he should stay and develop a reliable outside shot and lift weight
he need one more year to bulk up but he has enormous potential and he if he gets drafted by right team i think he can be all star....
why people so often says they need one more year blah blah..can't Aminu gain mass playing and training in NBA?lol can't he get better there?...
Because raw players get to play in college, but rot on the bench in the NBA.
OK. But playing 15min in 82games is almost the same like 30min in 30 and i think practices with NBA players and NBA coaches every day is better than college?