Al-Farouq Aminu

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Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu Hornets.jpg
Aminu with the New Orleans Hornets
No. 7 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-09-21) September 21, 1990 (age 24)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American / Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Norcross (Norcross, Georgia)
College Wake Forest (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Los Angeles Clippers
20112014 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
2014–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu (born September 21, 1990) is an American-Nigerian professional basketball forward with the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team. Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA draft with the 8th overall pick.

High school career[edit]

Aminu went to Norcross High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008. He was ranked #7 in the nation by and #13 by[1]

Aminu transferred to Norcross between his freshman and sophomore years from Wesleyan School but was ruled ineligible and had to play on Norcross' JV team his sophomore year.[2] In his junior year, Aminu and teammate Gani Lawal led Norcross to a 30–3 record and a #12 national seed. Aminu averaged 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his junior year. He led Norcross to back to back Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. He averaged 23.1 points and 11.2 rebounds a game as a senior. Norcross finished 29–2 and ranked #6 in 2008. Aminu was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and played in the Jordan Brand Classic where he had 12 points and 13 rebounds.[3]

College career[edit]

Aminu committed to Wake Forest in July 2007 and in November 2007 Aminu signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Wake Forest. He chose Wake Forest over Georgia Tech.

As a freshman during the 2008–09 season, he was a unanimous selection for the ACC All-Freshman Team. Aminu posted 10 double-doubles on the year, including five in conference action. He led all freshmen and ranked sixth in the ACC with 8.3 rebounds per game. Aminu was also second among all league rookies with 13.0 points per contest.

College statistics[edit]

2008–09 Wake Forest 31 30 29.0 .516 .179 .671 8.2 1.5 1.0 1.2 12.9
2009–10 Wake Forest 31 30 31.3 .447 .273 .698 10.7 1.3 1.4 1.4 15.8

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

Aminu in 2014 as a Pelican

On April 1, 2010 Aminu hired an agent and declared for the 2010 NBA Draft.[4] He was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. In just his eighth game for the Clippers on November 9, 2010, he had a season-best game with 20 points (still a career-high) and 8 rebounds against the New Orleans Hornets.[5]

New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans[edit]

On December 14, 2011, the Clippers traded Aminu, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon and a 2012 first-round pick (previously acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves) to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and two future second-round picks.[6]

In the final game of the 2012–13 regular season on April 17, Aminu recorded 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 87-99 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[7] The next day, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans.[8]

On December 4, 2013 against the Dallas Mavericks once again, Aminu tied his career-best game with 16 points and 20 rebounds in a 97-100 loss.[9]

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

On July 29, 2014, Aminu signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[10] On February 20, 2015, he had a season-best game with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 111-100 win over the Houston Rockets.[11]

International career[edit]

Aminu represents the Nigerian national basketball team. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


Aminu's parents are Aboubakar and Anjirlic Aminu, and he is a descendant from a line of Nigerian kings. His brother, Alade Aminu, is also a professional basketball forward.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2010–11 L.A. Clippers 81 14 17.9 .394 .315 .773 3.3 .7 .7 .3 5.6
2011–12 New Orleans 66 21 22.4 .411 .277 .754 4.7 1.0 .9 .5 6.0
2012–13 New Orleans 76 71 27.2 .475 .211 .737 7.7 1.4 1.2 .7 7.3
2013–14 New Orleans 80 65 25.6 .474 .271 .664 6.2 1.4 1.0 .5 7.2
2014–15 Dallas 74 3 18.5 .412 .274 .712 4.6 .8 .9 .8 5.6
Career 377 174 22.3 .437 .286 .726 5.3 1.1 1.0 .6 6.4



  • 2009 Sporting News All-Freshman Team
  • 2009 ACC All-Freshman Team (unanimous selection)
  • 2009 Runner-up for ACC Freshman of the Year
  • 2009 ACC Freshman of the Week (five separate selections)

High school[edit]

  • 2008 Named the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Mr. Georgia Basketball
  • 2008 Named to the first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • 2008 McDonald's All American East Squad
  • 2008 Jordan Brand All-American Classic


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