Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu (born September 21, 1990, in Georgia, United States) is an American-born Nigerian basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has also played for the Nigeria men’s national basketball team. His parents are Aboubakar Aminu and Anjirlic Aminu, and he is a descendant from a line of Nigerian kings. His brother is former Georgia Tech forward Alade Aminu. Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 8th overall pick.
High school 
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 Rivals.com and #13 by Scout.com.
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. 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.
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 2008–2009 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 
Professional career 
On April 1, 2010 Aminu hired an agent and declared for the 2010 NBA Draft. He was selected as the 8th pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.
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. In 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.
Nigerian national team 
Aminu has played with the senior men's Nigerian national basketball team. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
NBA career statistics 
Regular season 
- 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 
- 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
External links 
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com