Aminu boosts his NBA prospects

Georgia Tech power forward Alade Aminu helped his stock over the weekend at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a showcase for 64 college seniors. At 6-10, 230 pounds, and just 21 years old, Aminu seems likely to get a shot at the NBA.

Last year, Anthony Morrow got a boost from Portsmouth. He signed as a free agent with Golden State last July and now averages 9.7 points in 22 minutes, while shooting 47.2 percent on 3-pointers.

Aminu’s Norfolk Naval Shipyard team won all three of its games to take the eight-team tournament. Aminu averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He shot 54 percent from the field. In the championship game, Aminu led all scorers with 21 points.

The weekend didn’t go well for Lewis Clinch, who was Tech’s leading scorer this season at 15.5 per game. Playing for the Tidewater Sealants, Clinch averaged 9.7 points while shooting 31 percent (13 of 42). He made 1 of 13 from behind the arc. Clinch did have 14 assists against 8 turnovers.

To see how everyone fared, check out the official website. said Aminu showed “very smooth athleticism for a player his size” and called him “one of the more upside-laden players at this tournament.” included Aminu in its Top 10 and said he often played “substantially above the rim.”

Georgia Tech has nine players currently in the NBA, third-most in the ACC behind Duke (14) and North Carolina ( 11).

Do you think Aminu will become No. 10?

On another basketball note, former Tech assistant Charlton Young got emotional as he took over at Georgia Southern late last week. In case you missed it, here’s a good recap of his introduction as head coach.

20 comments Add your comment

KC in Smyrna

April 14th, 2009
6:55 am

Aminu’s game will fit more in the NBA than college. College is a guard’s game. Guards routinely get green light to shoot 3s all day although most teams would be better if they developed/utilized their big men more.

Willie Coyote

April 14th, 2009
7:37 am

If you’re 6′10″ & athletic, you can get a shot. If he gets stronger without losing his explosiveness, he’ll be very attractive to some teams in the Association.

Atlanta Jackets

April 14th, 2009
8:13 am

Aminu will succeed. He’s a jacket. And if he lands on the right team and can develop he has a chance to be an all-star.

In three years Favors will be dominating the NBA, the Robot will be dominating on Sundays and CPJ will still be beating mutts on Saturdays! LOL!


April 14th, 2009
9:02 am

Why do these players tend to prosper after getting out of CPH’s system? Is CPH nnot coaching the talent? What is going on?

Not Disappointed

April 14th, 2009
9:44 am

This young man is the real deal, and will exceed expectation. Ramblin Wreck!

Perimeter Jacket

April 14th, 2009
10:02 am


It depends on the players situation……in the case of Morrow, he’s doing the exact same thing he did in college, and thats shoot, shoot,and shoot some more. Morrow is on one of maybe three teams that runs a system that allows him to flourish in the NBA (the other two being Phoenix and New York. As long as he plays for a team the emphasizes the three and doesn’t expect alot of defense, Morrow will have a job.

For guys like Bynum, Jack, and West, these guys were the type of players that actually developed some under Hewitt. These were the kind of players that were well suited for the college game, but needed more refinement for the NBA game. Now Jack is a starter for the Pacers, Bynum is the primary backcourt sub for the Pistons, and West is the defensive sparkplug for the Hawks.

Then you have the players like Crit, Thad, and Bosh……the abilities of these players were far better suited for the pro game than the college game. In the NBA, these players are allowed to utilize their superior athletic and natural talents in the NBA that focuses more on the individual talent, moreso than the team concept. By playing more within a team concept, this hampered Crit, Thad, and Bosh’s chance to maximize their ability. Hewitt can do better in development, but it’s not completely his fault these guys haven’t produced like they do in the NBA.


April 14th, 2009
10:07 am

I think Aminu will be a better pro than Lawal. He’s simply a much more complete basketball player.


April 14th, 2009
11:02 am

Of course, Aminu will be better as an NBA player. He will be developed. This is something that does not occur under CPH!! It did not occur under Gailey either.

Regarding a statement about “the robot” Josh Nesbitt, he may play in the NFL, but I do not believe he will dominate and I do not believe he will play QB. He is a too short (probably only 5′11″), and his throwing motion is far from what the NFL looks for. I guess I could be proven wrong over the next few years, but I really don’t think his QB game will translate to the pro level.

Go Jackets!!

blue fox

April 14th, 2009
11:55 am

Paul, you’ve got an opening, PLEASE hire a competent big-man coach that’s been an accomplished post player!


April 14th, 2009
12:33 pm

I’ve always thought that Aminu was underutilized at Tech. Maybe it was because he wasn’t aggressive enough, but when he wanted to make an impact in a game there wasn’t an opposing player that could stop him. I wished the coaches would have pushed him a lot harder to be aggressive.


April 14th, 2009
1:18 pm

Aminu will make it in the Association. He’s 6′-10″ and can run the floor. And realize that the guy has only been playing basketball about 6 years, not since he was 8 years old like most kids these days.

CPH has had plenty of talent. Way to much talent to be the last place team in the ACC. Next year is it for him. Another sub .500 conference record and missing the NCAA tourney and DRad will have no choice but to eat the buy out and bring in somebody new. Too bad, cause CPH is a class guy and a credit to the Institute. But he’s paid a lot of money to win, not just be a class guy.


April 14th, 2009
6:34 pm

As I said half way through this miserable year, he’s gone and will be next years excuse why we don’t go dancing.


April 14th, 2009
6:36 pm

Born2Buzz, if we don’t go dancing next year, we’ll see if Hewitt is a class guy (which I think he is) and that will be by resigning

Tokyo jacket

April 14th, 2009
6:38 pm

Bamawreck, I don’t quite agree about Nesbitt. The dude passed for 65% efficiency and 3,000 yards his senior season. He’s got a cannon. He runs like the wind. Even though he has had some durablitity issues, he’s one of the rare QBs that will play in the League and take less of a beating than he did in college. By the way, he’s 6′1″ 215. If he were 6′3″ he’d be a little better off, but he’s no Joe Hamilton. If he can get to 55% completions, he’ll be a 6th rounder. If he can get to 60%, he’ll be a 3rd rounder.

Regardless of the differences between the college game and the pro game, if you’ve got as many NBA players as CPH has had on his team, you ought to have taken them to a sweet 16 at least. Any word on Lawal going pro?

Marcus Alston

April 14th, 2009
7:06 pm

I always knew that this catipillar would blossom into a butterfly 6-10 230 pounds these teams better act fast because several teams will be intrested……..GO AMINU


April 14th, 2009
11:03 pm

Tokyo: Respect your opinion. Your posts are always good.

But, I stood next to Nesbitt last year. I am just under 6′, and he was not taller than me. His throwing motion is not a quick release (somewhat sidearm), and yes he is fast, but he does not have Vick-like speed. I think he might be a better running back in the NFL. But with all of that said, I am rooting for him, and if he wants to play QB in the NFL, I hope he has tremendous success.

I agree completely with your comments regarding CPH.

Go Jackets!!


April 15th, 2009
8:10 am


M is a Dawg fan

April 15th, 2009
8:37 am

M is definitely a dawg fan.

Marshall Thomas

April 15th, 2009
10:45 am

Did you say he is 6 Ft 10 and 230 not enough muscle for the NBA. He might make a top 30 pick but I do not think so. Stay one more year at Tech and be on a team that beats somebody. I could then see a 10year NBA career rather than 3 and done maybe. .


April 16th, 2009
12:29 pm

Yet another article that shows even people who know nothing about CPH can tell that he sucks as a coach:

“Aminu didn’t play a very big role this season at Georgia Tech—in fact, he came off the bench for the team’s final 12 games. The fact that he struggled to make an impact on a team that finished last in the ACC and posted a 12-19 record is a bit of a red flag, but as we learned the hard last year with the way Anthony Morrow panned out, players from this team need to be looked at a more in-depth, especially ones who are only 21 years old.

Comparing the way Aminu played at Portsmouth with what we can now see from his film at Georgia Tech reveals a pretty stark contrast—it doesn’t seem like he was utilized very well at all in college from what we can tell. Aminu was an absolute devastating force as a pick and roll finisher for his Norfolk Naval Shipyard team—thanks to his tremendous combination of size, length, terrific hands and excellent mobility. At Georgia Tech he was barely used in this fashion at all—just 4.3% of his offensive possessions came on the pick and roll. They looked incredibly disorganized in the film we took in, with no point guard, no system, and very little ball-movement. It appeared that Aminu often was asked to play very far from the basket, and pretty much all of his shots were opportunities that he was forced to create on his own.”

Go Away Hewitt