Olu Famutimi

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Olu Famutimi
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Famutimi in 2017
No. 35 – Saint John Riptide
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBL Canada
Personal information
Born (1984-02-21) February 21, 1984 (age 33)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school Northwestern (Flint, Michigan)
College Arkansas (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2007 Arkansas RimRockers
2007–2009 Khimik Yuzhne
2009–2010 Oyak Renault
2010 Paris-Levallois Basket
2010–2011 Düsseldorf Giants
2011–2012 TED Ankara Kolejliler
2012 Al-Manama
2013–2014 Halifax Rainmen
2014–2015 Island Storm
2016 Saint John Mill Rats
2016 Quilmes de Mar del Plata
2016–present Saint John Riptide
Career highlights and awards

Olumuyiwa "Olu" Famutimi (born February 21, 1984) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Saint John Riptide of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). He played college basketball for Arkansas.

Early life[edit]

Famutimi was first noticed in a high school game at Chaminade College School in Toronto, Ontario, in his freshman year. Less than a year later, he transferred to Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. In Michigan, he played for the Flint Northwestern Wildcats and climbed the national ranks as the seventh best player in the country, according to ESPN.com. A career altering injury would change all of that, as he was ushered out of the limelight because of it.

Collegiate career[edit]

Famutimi played two seasons at the University of Arkansas, where he earned All-Southeastern Conference Freshman honors. In 57 games with the Razorbacks, he averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. Against all odds, he declared early for the 2005 NBA Draft and was not selected.

Professional career[edit]

Famutimi was invited to training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers and made appearances in four preseason games (4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) before being waived. He played 47 games for the Arkansas RimRockers in 2005-06, and averaged 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game while shooting .513 (122-238) from the field. Famutimi signed with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent in 2006, but was waived before the season started. He played in Turkey for two years and also played in France, Germany and Ukraine.

On December 17, 2013, Famutimi signed with the Halifax Rainmen of the NBL Canada. After a one-year stint with the Island Storm, Famutimi signed with the Saint John Mill Rats on March 14, 2016.[1]

On August 18, 2016, Famutimi signed with Quilmes de Mar del Plata of the Liga Nacional de Básquet.[2] In October 2016, he parted ways with Quilmes after appearing in ten games.[3]

On November 3, 2016, he signed with Saint John Riptide for the 2016–17 NBL Canada season.[4]

International career[edit]

Famutimi plays internationally for the Canadian national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBL Canada Transactions". NBLCanada.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Olu Famutimi es el primer extranjero confirmado de Quilmes (Spanish)
  3. ^ Cambio en Quilmes (Spanish)
  4. ^ Riptide Sign Fan Favourite

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