Famutimi Nearing Decision

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Kentucky getting in wicked late? Some NBA whispers starting to circulate deep in the grassroots grapevine? A decision pending? Michigan superstar Olu Famutimi had some explaining to do here at Rick Barrett's Gym Rats Midnight Madness.

The 6-5 SG from Flint (MI) Northwestern likely will pick from three, he said Saturday night in this Philly ‘burb. Those three: Arkansas, Memphis, Missouri.

He did mention Kentucky, too, although his guardian and travel team coach, Chris Grier, said no to the Big Blue.

"Too late," said Grier, the adidas bigwig and Michigan Hurricanes boss. "They showed him some love, but …"

"And I might make a decision really soon," Famutimi said. Three weeks was the estimate he gave. Grier opted for two. Either way, needless to say, in the near future.

"I ain't saying it's stressful," the high-flying Famutimi said. "But I'm just ready to get it over with."

The native Canadian averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks a game as a junior at Northwestern.

He was great this spring in leading Grier's ‘Canes to four straight tourney championships to kick off the sneaker circuit.

He was electrifying at times throughout the summer as well. As for NBA-esque electrifying? As for those quiet rumors about the League?

"I don't know," Famutimi said. "I'd love to, but it depends on how I play this year. I'm just trying to win a state championship. That's basically it. I really don't have anything else to prove."

Grier, meanwhile, dismissed the NBA talk as utter baloney. "No," he said. "No way."

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