Al-Farouq Aminu draft profile

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Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
6'9, 220 lbs., PF/SF

A gifted athlete who's raw, but versatile, Aminu should have a long successful NBA career. He came into Wake Forest as one of the most heralded freshman and showed flashes of brilliance throughout school.  While versatile Aminu will make his living as an elite defender.

Aminu's offensive game lacks refinement.  He gets most of his points as a junk yard dog through dunks, transition, offensive rebounds, and hustle plays.  With added bulk, Aminu would fit best at the four where he could take players off the dribble at ease, something he'd struggle with at SF.

Aminu struggles with his shot.  While showing a solid mid-range game this year, he still lacks a consistent shot outside of the paint.  Without a consistent shot and good, but not great handles, it is hard to envision him as a small forward.

Defensively, Aminu can get after it as a small forward or power forward.  He has an extremely long wing-span to get deflections and block shots.  With his leaping ability and solid defensive fundamentals, he grabbed nearly 11 rebounds at the college level and that should continue in the pros.  

With great athletic ability and great lateral quickness, Aminu should  defend the pick and roll well, hedging the ball handler or even defending him on switches.  In the post, while relatively thin, he has the hustle, desire, and wiry strength to guard most post-up power forwards.

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Aminu should make an impact defensively immediately.   His ceiling depends on his offensive improvement.   Currently, his game to me is reminiscent of Gerald Wallace, but being  a couple of inches taller.  An added jumper is the difference between being a solid player and a good player.  

He is projected to go early to mid lottery and should be a fixture in the NBA if utilized as a power forward.  However, it might take a couple of years for Aminu to add strength and adjust to the higher level of competition, but the tools are there.   One positive is that he seems to be a hard worker and great teammate, which makes me think he will max out his talent to the best of his ability.


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  • I think he is really athletic but somewhat limited. Not a game changer. Needs more consistent offense.

  • It's becoming clearer and clearer that those WFU guys are OVER-RATED.

    James Johnson...potential BUST.
    Jeff Teague...what's he done?
    Al-Farou he next in line?

    When I look back and see how a college team filled with 1st Round picks didn't do anything in the NCAA tourney, it's easy for me not to want any of those three guys on the Bulls.


    Paul George tweeted that he would like to play for the Pacers, Bucks, Raptors or Clippers.

    Where's the Bulls on his list? Shameful...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He doesnt think he wll make it to us. And those teams have shown major interest. I doubt he makes it to 17.

    And whats your JJ hate. He didnt have a great rookie year but this summer will prove alot of we dont trade him. Noah didnt have a great rookie year either, but he learned and came back motivated and ready. I expect JJ to do the same. He has the talent. All he needs is the right mentors and trainer and he can be a weapon for us.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Noah put up better rookie numbers than Johnson and he has a better college resume.

    Johnson has a lot to prove and a lot of work to do, if he wants to stay in the NBA.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I want to comment first for Road Warrior, that I plan on doing a mock draft after the next 4 prospects are listed in lottery. I also plan on doing a list of 2nd round surprises, and what the Bulls should do.

    I don't think his game is similar to Abdul-Rahim at all. He is not there offensively, but I think he is an athletic freak that will be good in a couple of years if in right system. If in wrong system, he could be a big-time bust.

    Mr. Happy, I am not a huge fan of James Johnson based on being overweight, but he is talented. Jeff Teague showed some promise and I am very high on him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    James Johnson is a talent...he just needs playing time so get adjusted to the NBA game. Hopefully Thibodeau gives him minutes.

    Jeff Teague might end up being Atlanta's starting PG in a couple years.

    I like what Aminu can do..very athletic, good energy. He kind of reminds me of a More Athletic Shareef Abdur Rahim. He should be a solid pro.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Dickey Johnson is living in BUST-ville right now.

    It's make or break for him this year.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Don't pick and choose flops only. How about Tim Duncan and Chris Paul from Wake Forest. He has some qualities of JJ and like JJ will take a few years to develop. One good thing about JJ is he could shoot decently, create his own shot but has a poor understanding of the game. That comes with experience and off course he will not be a superstar. But he will do well in the league.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'm talking about that WFU class.

    Dickey Johnson doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Tim Duncan or Chris Paul.

    Right now, Johnson, Teague and Aminu could all be BUSTS.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think it's really hard to judge bigs because so much of the time they only exhibit post skills and/or face up game in spurts/flashes. So you have to watch them game after game. A lot of the bigs Favors, Cousins, and Monroe figured to be gone way before the Bulls pick/lottery. I did watch each of them play however but limited.

    When I watched Aminu I didn't see any particular offensive skills. If he's supposed to be a PF his field goal percentage is terrible(should be at least high 40's). He's still raw offensively, and I just don't see much in the way of presence or charisma that many NBA succeses possess. If his handle develops of course with his excellent athleticism he could prove me wrong. But not interested.

    As far as other bigs I did see some offensive moves from Monroe, Favors, and Cousins especially. But Cousins with his attitude no way. Monroe maybe. Favors is a top three pick/forget about it.

    I'd still like to see a mock/ranking of Kevin and posters top 5 to 7 picks obviously ranked in order of desirability for the Bulls.

    As of right now mine(accounting for guys who could possibly still be on the board): 1. Dominique Jones. If you study past/college stats for successful NBA scoring guards you realize that the higher the board totals, if field goal %, steals, ppg, and the like our there, the better. Jones may not jump out of the gym but his agility/hesitation/gaining space will surprise and six boards a game for two years in the Big East, that's huge. He's got great presence and competitiveness. He's my guy.

    Others: 2. Luke Babbitt, 3. Ekpe Udoh, 4. Paul George, 5. Xavier Henry, 6. James Anderson. And picking up a late first rounder/early second Art Parakhouski(3.33 speed and 12.07 agility better then Monroe, Orton, and Sanders), and SG Jordan Crawford.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Dickey Johnson appointed to the Bulls' Summer League team.!!!

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