"Memphis," said Chris Grier, the ‘Canes coach who doubles as Famutimi's guardian. "Cal flew in and watched him work out."
Cal, of course, being John Calipari, who apparently made up a lot of ground in a hurry, joining Arkansas, Missouri, Duke, Michigan State and Louisville in vying for Famutimi's sought-after commitment.
"He came up and saw me, and he liked the way I played," Famutimi said. "He said I was a great player like Dajuan Wagner."
The native Canadian was awfully good Monday morning on the first day of the adidas Big Time here at Green Valley High School in suburban Vegas. He scored 19 points in Michigan's 64-44 win over Connecticut Select.
Famutimi averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks a game this past winter at Northwestern. He was great this spring in leading Grier's ‘Canes to four straight tourney championships to kick off the sneaker circuit.
He'll finish the summer next week in Berkeley, Calif., at the Elite Eight x 2. Then and only then will he begin to really focus on his college decision.
"I think the biggest thing with Olu is that he just wants to take his time," Grier said. "The early signing period will still be early for him. He'll take his five visits in the fall and then he'll pick the right situation for him."
"This is a commitment for the rest of my life that I have to make," Famutimi added. "So I'm going to take my time and see what my options are."
Michael Kruse writes for Basketball America and BasketballAmerica.com.