Alade Aminu
Aminu with Nanterre in September 2017
No. 21 – Atléticos de San Germán
PositionCenter
LeagueBSN
Personal information
Born (1987-09-14) September 14, 1987 (age 34)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityNigerian / American
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolStephenson (Stone Mountain, Georgia)
CollegeGeorgia Tech (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010Erie BayHawks
2010Bakersfield Jam
2010–2012Élan Chalon
2012–2013Pınar Karşıyaka
2013Enel Brindisi
2014Banvit
2014–2015TED Ankara
2015–2016Hapoel Eilat
2016–2017Al Riyadi
2017–2018Nanterre 92
2018–2019Hapoel Tel Aviv
2019–2020Polski Cukier Toruń
2020Shahrdari Gorgan
2021–presentAtléticos de San Germán
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing  Nigeria
FIBA Africa Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Tunisia

Abdul Wahab "Alade" Aminu (born September 14, 1987) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for Atléticos de San Germán of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He played college basketball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, before playing professionally in France, Turkey, Italy, Israel, and Lebanon. In 2015–16, he was the top rebounder in the Israel Basketball Premier League.

Early life and college career

Aminu attended Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He played college basketball for the Georgia Institute of Technology's Yellow Jackets.

In his freshman year at Georgia Tech, Aminu came off the bench in 24 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.9% from the floor.

In his sophomore year, Aminu's role increased slightly, in which he played 18 games, averaging 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, shooting 58.3% from the floor (his best shooting percentage during his college career).

In his senior year, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, shooting 52.2% from the floor.

Professional career

D-League (2009–2010)

After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Aminu joined the Washington Wizards for the 2009 NBA Summer League.[1] On November 5, 2009, Aminu was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA D-League by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. However, he was subsequently acquired by the Erie BayHawks in a trade. On February 13, 2010, Aminu participated in the 2010 D-League All-Star Game.

On March 2, 2010, The BayHawks sent Aminu in a trade to the Bakersfield Jam.[2] In 9 games played for the Jam, he averaged 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

On March 26, 2010, Aminu signed a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat.[3] However, Aminu was later waived by the Heat on April 7.[4]

Élan Chalon (2010–2012)

In July 2010, Aminu joined the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks for the 2010 NBA Summer League.[5]

On July 9, 2010, Aminu signed with the French team Élan Chalon for the 2010–11 season.[6] On May 21, 2011, Aminu recorded a career-high 27 points, shooting 13-of-14 from the field, along with six rebounds in an 85–107 blowout loss to ASVEL Basket.[7] Aminu won the 2011 French Cup with Chalon.

On June 13, 2011, Aminu signed a one-year contract extension with Chalon.[8] In his second season with the team, Aminu won the a treble - the 2012 French Leaders Cup, the 2012 French Cup and the 2012 French League Championship titles with Chalon. In 54 games played during the 2011–12 season, he averaged 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1 steals per game.

Pınar Karşıyaka (2012–2013)

On August 24, 2012, Aminu signed with the Turkish team Pınar Karşıyaka for the 2012–13 season.[9] Aminu helped Karşıyaka reach the 2013 FIBA EuroChallenge Finals, where they eventually lost to Krasnye Krylia.

Enel Brindisi and Banvit (2013–2014)

In July 2013, Aminu joined the Toronto Raptors for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[10]

On September 23, 2013, Aminu signed a one-year deal with the Italian team Enel Brindisi.[11] However, on December 30, 2013, Aminu parted ways with Brindisi.[12] On January 6, 2014, Aminu returned to Turkey for a second stint, joining Banvit for the rest of the season.[13] Aminu helped Banvit reach the 2014 Turkish League Semifinals, where they were eventually eliminated by Galatasaray.

TED Ankara (2014–2015)

Aminu in September 2015
Aminu in September 2015

On August 15, 2014, Aminu signed with TED Ankara for the 2014–15 season.[14] On February 28, 2015, Aminu recorded a season-high 26 points without missing a single shot (12-of-12 from the field), along with eleven rebounds in an 85–97 loss to Eskişehir.[15]

Hapoel Eilat (2015–2016)

Aminu (left) with Hapoel Eilat in September 2015
Aminu (left) with Hapoel Eilat in September 2015

On September 11, 2015, Aminu signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Hapoel Eilat.[16] On October 26, 2015, Aminu recorded a season-high 25 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field, along with twelve rebounds, five assists and two steals in an 84–86 loss to Ironi Nahariya.[17] On March 25, 2016, Aminu participated in the 2016 Israeli All-Star Game and the Slam Dunk Contest during the same event.

In 37 games played for Eilat, Aminu finished the season as the 2016 Israeli League Rebounding Leader with 10 rebounds per game, and third-leading player in efficiency rating (22.6 per game). He also averaged 14.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Aminu helped Eilat reach the 2016 Israeli League Semifinals, where they eventually lost to Hapoel Jerusalem.

Al Riyadi (2016–2017)

On August 8, 2016, Aminu signed with the Lebanese team Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. In 37 games played during the 2016–17 season, he averaged 15 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists. 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Aminu won the 2017 Lebanese League Championship with Al Riyadi.

Nanterre 92 (2017–2018)

On July 28, 2017, Aminu returned to France for a second stint, signing a one-year deal with Nanterre 92.[18] Aminu helped Nanterre reach the 2018 FIBA Champions League Round of 16, where they were eventually eliminated by his former team Banvit.

Hapoel Tel Aviv (2018–2019)

On July 26, 2018, Aminu signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Tel Aviv for the 2018–19 season.[19] On November 19, 2018, Aminu recorded a season-highs 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 9-of-13 from the field, in an 85–62 win over Maccabi Rishon LeZion.[20] Aminu helped Hapoel reach the 2019 Israeli League Playoffs, where they eventually were eliminated by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Quarterfinals.

Polski Cukier Toruń (2019–2020)

On September 10, 2019, he has signed with Polski Cukier Toruń of the PLK.[21]

Atléticos de San Germán (2021–present)

On May 27, 2021, Aminu signed with Atléticos de San Germán of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[22]

Nigerian national team

Aminu is a member of the senior men's Nigerian national basketball team. He participated in the 2012 and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In August 2015, Aminu helped the Nigerian team to win the 2015 AfroBasket and earning a gold medal.

Personal life

Aminu's father is Hausa from Nigeria, and his mother is African American from New York City.[23] He was born in Atlanta, and grew up in nearby Stone Mountain, Georgia. His brother, Al-Farouq, is a professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

References

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  19. ^ "Alade Aminu signs with Hapoel Tel Aviv". Sportando.basketball. July 26, 2018. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Winner League, Game 7: M. Rishon Vs Hapoel TA". basket.co.il. November 19, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "Alade Aminu joins Polski Cukier Torun". Sportando. September 10, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  22. ^ "Aminu reforzará a los Atléticos" (in Spanish). GuerraBSN.com. May 27, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  23. ^ Alade Aminu. Archived 2009-12-08 at the Wayback Machine RamblinWrekc.cstv.com