Key week for hoops recruiting battles

You know the top basketball recruits are about to make up their minds when the Internet misinformation machine is running 24/7 as it is right now. Well, my friends, we at Supermizzou are here to set the record straight. We don't pretend to have all the answers, but we'll try to help sift through all of the blue smoke being puffed from Tobacco Road.

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.

Olumuyiwa Famutimi

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! 

  Luol Deng

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.

  Linas Kleiza

Duke has received a commitment from Kris Humphries, a top 15 combo forward.  The Blue Devils would love to add Deng to this classs, especially after lossing super big man Ndudi Ebi to Arizona.

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.


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