Famutimi explores his options

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Despite the fact he is unemployed, Toronto's Olu Famutimi does not regret his decision to enter the NBA draft last month.

The 6-foot-6 guard/forward, who left the University of Arkansas after two years to try to crack the NBA, went undrafted and now is hoping to catch the attention of scouts at NBA summer leagues.

Famutimi is playing with the Raptors this week in the Los Angeles summer league and will suit up with the Utah Jazz in another league later this month.

"I was disappointed (not getting drafted), but not really disappointed at the same time," said Famutimi, who played high school basketball in Flint, Mich. "I knew it was a 50-50 chance.

"I felt like coming out. I just wanted to enter the draft."

Famutimi surprised Arkansas coach Stan Heath with his decision, but said he had a good chat after the draft with the Razorbacks bench boss, who offered to help the Canadian in any way he could.

"In the end, I think I'll be okay," said Famutimi, who has not made contact with any European teams.

In a perfect world, Famutimi said, the Raptors would give him a chance.

"That would be lovely," he said. "That's the city where I was born and raised and I have always wanted to play for Toronto. That would be a dream."

Famutimi also wants to explore the possibility of hooking up with the national team this summer.

"(The national team) has wanted me for years and I've wanted them for years, but things haven't really worked out," he said. "It depends what I'm doing at the time."

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He does not have a contract, but restricted free agent Pape Sow figures he has nothing to lose by playing in the summer league with the Raptors.

"I just want to get better, that's all," Sow said. "I'm not going to waste an opportunity to play."

Sow, who has spent the summer in Los Angeles putting up hundreds of shots twice a day, is hopeful he can re-sign with the Raptors. But he has asked his agent not to discuss contract negotiations with him.

"I just told him to take care of it," Sow said. "You can't try to get better when you're worrying about who's calling you."


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