Apparently, one of the Duke Internet sites is reporting Olu Famutimi committed to Missouri this weekend. While Duke fans may wish that Olu accepted a scholarship with the Tigers, Supermizzou has confirmed with a very reliable source that Olu has not committed to Missouri.
Famutimi took an official visit to Missouri this last weekend, and the visit went very well. Famutimi is also reportedly considering Arkansas as well.
Basically, with two scholarships remaining this recruiting year, it appears that the Tigers would like to land either Famutimi or Luol Deng (pronounced DING) as a small forward, and with the final scholarship, perhaps a power forward such as Linas Kleiza (pronounced KLAY-zah).
Deng is ranked as the second or third best player nationally in this class, while Famutimi is considered to be about the ninth or tenth best player in the nation.
Nice alternatives to have, Quin Snyder!
Linas Kleiza, who is coming off knee surgery, is ranked somewhere in the twenties to thirties nationally depending on which recruiting service you reference. When healthy, Kleiza has a very powerful low-post game. His nickname is "The Bull". By all accounts, Kleiza's rehab has gone extremely well and he should be back to full speed sooner than had been originally reported.
Many recruiting services have assumed that Deng was a lock for Duke for the last year or so, but those stories started to change after his official visits to both Virginia and Missouri.
It is believed that this recruitment may come down to Deng's excellent personal relationship with Quin Snyder and the Tigers future need for a small forward vs. Duke's proximity and their recruiting machine on the East Coast.
Stay tuned...it is anticipated that both Olu and Luol will announce commitments within the next two weeks.
Kleiza has taken official visits to both Florida State and UConn. However, based on several discussion with insiders around the country, Supermizzou is projecting Kleiza to Missouri.Ousmane Konate, an athletic Senegalese center; sharp-shooting guard Thomas Gardner; and another long-range bomber in point guard Spencer Laurie are the three known Missouri commitments from the 2003 class.