Forward has until June 21 to withdraw
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Diminishing most hopes of an NBA slot next season, Arkansas forward Olu Famutimi will not be invited to the NBA pre-draft camp next week in Chicago, a league consultant who compiles the list of invitees said.
Arkansas coach Stan Heath had said that Famutimi would have to score a spot at the Chicago camp to have a chance at playing professionally after the junior entered his name in the NBA draft last month.
"If you're Famutimi, I don't think your time is now," said NBA consultant Chris Ekstrand, who helped put together the Chicago roster. "The Chicago list is just about finalized, and I don't think I'm breaking any taboos telling you he's not on it.
"He's a guy that was in the mix, was considered at some earlier point in the discussions, but I can't say he was a finalist, that he was in the mix right down to the last minute. He wasn't," Ekstrand said.
NBA officials said that invitations to the camp, which starts Tuesday and runs through Friday, usually go out a week to 10 days before the camp begins. Heath said if Famutimi doesn't get invited he could still pull his name out of consideration, but Famutimi has not said if that is his plan.
Players have two chances to enter their name in the NBA draft without forfeiting the right to play in the NCAA. By not signing with an agent, the Flint, Mich., sophomore has until June 21 to remove his name from consideration for the June 28 draft and retain his college eligibility.
If Famutimi withdraws, he has to declare in writing to Arkansas' athletic director that he intends to keep playing collegiately within 30 days of the draft.
Ekstrand said Famutimi's other NBA hope would be to promote himself and get invited to work out individually with a franchise. NBA teams keep hundreds of player files and the league makes some files available to the media. Mostly players who seem to have a chance to be drafted, Ekstrand said. Famutimi is not among the 121 bios offered to the media.
"To be honest, he's a perfect example of somebody who should go back to school," Ekstrand said.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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