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For Immediate Release - February 12, 2020
Today the Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club announced they have re-signed 2019 Most Valuable Player, Olu Famutimi. Famutimi marks the first signing by the Nighthawks in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League season.
The 6’-5” veteran guard was a calming influence on the floor for the Nighthawks last season and proved to be an integral leader off the court for many of the team's younger players. Famutimi averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 19 games for Guelph last season. A consistent contributor, Olu was a mainstay in the starting lineup as his versatility enabled him to impact the game on both ends of the court. Famutimi was unanimously named the Nighthawks Most Valuable Player following the conclusion of the inaugural 2019 CEBL season.
The 35-year-old brings a wealth of experience from the Canadian national team and the highest levels of European professional basketball, a big reason why both President Cameron Kusch and Head Coach & GM Charles Kissi were intent on bringing Famutimi back in 2020.
“Olu became a staple in our locker room last season, showing our younger players the work ethic and dedication required to excel at the professional level. His steady presence was influential as we started to mold the culture of our club in the second half of the season. We’re excited to have Olu back, and I believe being the first signing of the upcoming season is representative of his role as a core leader in 2020,” said Kissi.
Famutimi was one of the most highly regarded Canadian high school recruits, before suffering a career-altering knee injury. Olu played Division I basketball at the University of Arkansas, participated in NBA training camps with the Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs, spent time with the Canadian national team, played professionally in the NBA G-League and overseas in Germany, Turkey and France.
Famutimi has been with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans of the NBL Canada during this off-season, staying close to home and family in the GTA.
Guelph Nighthawks 2020 season tickets are on sale now, as well as flex and group packages. For more information please visit www.thenighthawks.ca/tickets or call (548) 988-HAWK.
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