CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY -- Olu Famutimi, the 6-5, 200 pound shooting guard from Flint (MI) Northwestern High School, said before Rick Barrett's Annual Gym Rat Midnight Madness that he's considering four schools.
"They are Arkansas, Missouri, Memphis and Kentucky," he said. Then he went on to win the Slam Dunk contest and was the high scorer in the finale of the six-game event. Famutimi had 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. But for those who've seen him play, that type of performance isn't that unusual.
The Toronto native visited Memphis last weekend. "Memphis is a great city," he said. "And Cal is a great coach. I really liked the campus atmosphere and the players are really good on and off the court."
Famutimi will next head to Arkansas for a visit over the first weekend in October followed by a trip to Missouri during the Division I Midnight Madness weekend. He hasn't set up a trek with Kentucky yet.
Other schools that had been recruiting the Michigan Hurricane star include Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina and Southern Cal.
Famutimi, who is a center for Northwestern HS, is a slasher who can glide to the hoop. His athletic ability gives him many opportunities to get the ball for a shot, pass or break. And as he showed Saturday night, he can hit the three. He can easily fill the small forward slot as well as the wing guard position.
He said he's academically qualified and plans to major in computer sciences.
During the visits, Famutimi said he'll be very interested in the atmosphere, what the school can offer academically and athletically, and, will the program make him a better player?
In addition, when he makes his college decision, Famutimi said he'll be looking at the style of play and the progam's reputation. "I'm going to go to a school to get better," he iterated.
RivalsHoops.com's number 17 player in the class of 2003, said he's been working on his point guard skills during the spring and summer with Coach Chris Greer.
Famutimi averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks per contest last season. Over the summer, he was named to the adidas ABCD all-star game but couldn't play because of state rules. He was also named to the Big Time Tournament all-star team.
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