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Al-Farouq Aminu

Height 6' 9
Weight 220
Country United States
Position Small Forward
Secondary Position Power Forward
Graduating Class 2012
School Wake Forest University
Draft History
Drafted in 2010 NBA Draft: 1st Round, 8th Overall Pick by Los Angeles Los Angeles
Additional Information Offense

Strengths
• Can play in the post or on the perimeter
• Has quick moves in post
• Good first step
• Sees the court well, good passer for size
• Runs the floor well, fills lanes
• Gets to the foul line a good amount

Weaknesses

• Perimeter shot needs to be more consistent and needs to add range
• When in the post, needs to be more physical
• Shot selection needs improvement – especially perimeter shots

Defense

Strengths
• Long arms – alters shots well
• Gets good rebounding position, secures ball


Weaknesses
• Lateral movement needs work, prone to picking up fouls on drives
• Help rotation needs improvement

Analysis

Aminu, who had a shot at being a lottery pick last year, did not disappoint in his sophomore year. He has a long, lean body, good athleticism and good leaping ability. On offense, he has the ability to play in the post and on the perimeter, though his perimeter shot needs to become more consistent. He has a quick first step in both the post and on his penetration and he goes to the basket strong, picking up a good amount of fouls. He should be more physical on both ends of the court, especially in establishing position. He does a good job, blocking and altering shots, and is a strong rebounder. His lateral movement needs improvement, as he is often beat when guarding on the perimeter. He has the skills and the athletic ability to be a solid contributor right away at the NBA level.

- Ed Isaacson

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