Clippers take Al-Farouq Aminu in NBA draft
Thursday, June 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers have selected Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest with the eighth pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Norcross, Ga., left school after his sophomore season. He led the Demon Deacons in scoring (15.8 points), rebounding (10.7) and blocks (44) last season. He was the first Wake Forest player to lead the ACC in rebounding since Tim Duncan in 1997.
Aminu's first name means "the chief has arrived." He is descended from a line of Nigerian kings. His older brother, Alade, spent last season playing in the D-League before getting called up by the Miami Heat.
The Clippers finished with a 29-53 record, missing the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years.