June 25, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech senior Alade Aminu will become the 40th Yellow Jacket selected in the annual NBA Draft if taken in tonight’s draft. In its mock draft, Draft Express has Aminu listed as the 28th pick of the second round to Boston.
Aminu, a 6-10 forward who made the all-tournament team at the Portsmouth Invitational following a solid senior year at Tech, is ranked No. 42 among Draft Express’ top 100 draft prospects and No. 12 among NCAA seniors. As a Tech senior, Aminu averaged 11.8 points per game, ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebound average (8.0 per game), fifth in field goal percentage (52.2 pct.) and third in blocked shots (1.77 per game).
He would be the sixth player during head coach Paul Hewitt’s tenure to be selected in the draft. Four others have signed free agent contracts with NBA teams and have made their rosters.
The list includes:
Alvin Jones – 2001, 2nd round, 57th pick, Philadelphia 76ers
Chris Bosh – 2003, 1st round, 4th pick, Toronto Raptors
Jarrett Jack – 2005, 1st round, 22nd pick, Denver Nuggets (traded to Portland)
Will Bynum – 2005, signed free agent contract with Boston Celtics
Luke Schenscher – 2005, signed free agent contract with Denver Nuggets
Thaddeus Young – 2007, 1st round, 12th pick, Philadelphia 76ers
Javaris Crittenton – 2007, 1st round, 19th pick, Los Angeles Lakers
Mario West – 2007, signed free agent contract with Atlanta Hawks
Anthony Morrow – 2008, signed free agent contract with Golden State Warriors
All except Jones and Schenscher were active in the NBA last year.