Olu Famutimi, the explosive 6-5 shooting guard/swingman from Northwestern H.S. in Flint, Mich., has recently shuffled his list of schools. And apparently there's a new face card in the deck of six schools -- Memphis.
"I heard that the coach at Memphis is really feeling me, so I just added them to my list," Famutimi said after scoring 22 points in the Michigan Hurricanes' 81-73 round of 16 victory over the Alabama Ice. "What they did with Dajuan Wagner and the great success he had there, I think I could have great success there, too."
Wagner of course spent one year at Memphis in 2001-2002 before bolting to the NBA Draft, where he was selected sixth by the Cleveland Cavaliers last month.
Famutimi said that beside adding Memphis to his list, things have remained relatively unchanged. He's still considering Duke, Michigan State, Missouri, Louisville and Arkansas.
Although he hasn't picked out the dates yet, he said he will definitely take official visits this fall to Missouri, Arkansas and Memphis.
A good student who has already qualified academically, Famutimi said he really wasn't sure exactly how he would approach the college experience. Mentioning the fact that he might want to follow in Wagner's footsteps suggests that he might be looking at college as a temporary way station until he's ready for bigger challenges on the pro level.
"I guess everything depends on how I do," Famutimi admitted. "I am just going to let nature take its course."
Even though he plans on taking some fall trips, Famutimi hinted that he is leaning toward signing late. He doesn't plan on adding any more schools to his list in the coming weeks.
"I may make some changes to my list before the high school season starts," he said. "I am probably going to sign late, because I want to sit back and watch how teams do."
"I want to see Arkansas play because they have a new coach, and I want to see their style of play and how good their coach is," Famutimi continued. "I want to see Missouri again and how Ricky Paulding does, and the same with Memphis -- I want to see how they do."
This past spring, Famutimi took unofficial trips to both Arkansas and Missouri, and he's had the chance to unofficially visit Duke while attending the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina the past few years.
We will keep you abreast on any new wrinkles in Famutimi's list or plans, so stay tuned!