Wake Forest's sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu decided to leave school early after hearing he would be a lottery pick in last night's NBA Draft.
Turns out his gamble was solid as the former McDonald's All-American was taken with the eighth pick by the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Aminu becomes the fourth-highest drafted Demon Deacon ever, behind Tim Duncan (1st overall in 1997), Chris Paul (4th overall in 2005) and Len Chappell (5th overall in 1962). He is the 13th all-time Deacon selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
A third team All-America selection this past season, Aminu played in 62 games in his Demon Deacon career. The Norcross, Ga. native started 60 games and averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He left Wake Forest with 892 points and 585 rebounds in his career.
Aminu is the first Deacon taken by the Clippers franchise since Leroy McDonald was drafted in the seventh round in 1978 by the team which was then the Buffalo Braves. The last Deacon to suit up for the Clippers was Rodney Rogers from 1996-99. Danny Young (1992) is the only other Deacon to have played for Los Angeles.
Aminu became the fifth player in Wake Forest history to leave school early for the NBA. Rodney Rogers left after his junior season in 1993, and Chris Paul left after his sophomore campaign in 2005. James Johnson and Jeff Teague both left after their sophomore seasons in 2009.
Notes from Wake; Highest-Drafted Deacons:
Tim Duncan, 1st overall by San Antonio in 1997
Chris Paul, 4th overall by New Orleans in 2005
Len Chappell, 5th overall by Syracuse in 1962
Al-Farouq Aminu, 8th overall by L.A. Clippers in 2010
Rodney Rogers, 9th overall by Denver in 1993