Famutimi Joins Toronto Summer Team

FAYETTEVILLE -- Olu Famutimi has hooked up with his hometown's NBA team.

Famutimi, who left Arkansas after his sophomore season before going unselected last Tuesday in the NBA Draft, will play with the Toronto Raptors summer league team in the first step of his professional career according to a release on the team's Web site posted Monday.

Famutimi, who was born in Toronto and lived there until moving to Flint, Mich., to play high school basketball, averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Razorbacks last season.

A Parade and McDonald's All-American out of high school, Famutimi never reached that level at Arkansas and Razorbacks coach Stan Heath has said his former small forward was worried about a shrinking window of opportunity to capitalize on the hype he enjoyed as a prep before he tore an anterior cruciate ligament late in his senior season.

Famutimi worked out for several NBA teams before the draft and those sessions led him to leave his name in the professional ranks after the deadline at 4 p.m. on June 21, surprising and disappointing Heath, who called the move a "major risk."

Famutimi has not spoken with the Arkansas media since his May 14 announcement to declare for the draft.

Also on the Raptors summer league team are Toronto draft picks Charlie Villanueva, out of Connecticut, Joey Graham from Oklahoma State, and foreigners Roko Ukic and Uros Slokar.

Last year's rookies Matt Bonner and Pape Sow will be on the team along with two other Canadian natives Nate Doornekamp and Jesse Young.

Toronto will play similar teams from the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, Dallas, and Memphis July 8-11 in the LA summer league.

The Raptors will play New York, Milwaukee, Indiana, Houston and host Minnesota in the Timberwolves' summer league.

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