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Aminu's mom getting used to NBA draft night

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While college basketball's top talent awaits Thursday night's NBA draft to find out who their future employer will be, it is not just the players who must prepare.

Don't forget about all of the mothers.

Anjirlic Aminu, mother of Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu, has plenty to do in New York before her son's name is called. Farouq, a forward, is projected to be a top-10 pick, but that will be just one of many highlights for Anjirlic this week.

"My biggest excitement is finding the outfits," Anjirlic said. "I want to see a broadway show, eat excellent food and make my way to the spa."

For Anjirlic, this is her first time attending the draft, but second time she has a son who hopes to hear his name called. Last year her oldest son, Alade, went undrafted out of Georgia Tech, but spent the year playing in  the NBA's Developmental league. Both Alade, Anjirlic and her 11-year-old son, Al-Wajid will be at the draft.

She plans on taking her boys to the Empire State building and getting some shopping in, as well. A native of New York, Anjirlic is just happy she has a reason to return to the city.

"I am not a basketball person, but to have a purpose to go back to New York, and a big purpose, is exciting," said Anjirlic.

For a non-basketball person, Anjirlic has certainly had her share of exposure to the sport. She has seen plenty of ACC games and said her favorite part was cheering for her sons.

"I have two fabulous kids and I love to make noise for them," Anjirlic said. "I have been excited about everything they have done."

And on Thursday night in the green room, Anjirlic will have a chance to make some more noise when Farouq's name is announced.

-Rachel Stern

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Robbi Pickeral has covered ACC sports for The News & Observer since 2003. She can be reached at