North of the Border Five-Star Simi Shittu Releases Final Ten

Simi Shittu Simi Shittu at Nike EYBL Peach Jam | Photo | Jon Lopez | Nike

Simi Shittu — a 6-foot-10 five-star forward out of Vermont Academy (VT) — released his final ten schools on Sunday, via Tipton Edits on Twitter.

Shittu will work with a list consisting of Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, UConn and Vanderbilt. Only Kentucky and Oregon have yet to officially offer the multi-talented front line man out of Ontario, Canada.

Shittu recently spoke with D1Vision about some of the schools on his final list.

Arizona: “It’s a really nice campus. They have a lot of pros too. My friend Emmanuel Akot goes there. He’s there this year, so he and I talk about it a lot.”

Arizona State: “They have a good head coach, a good campus, and James Harden went there. I also like that they win a lot in their conference.”

Kentucky: “They produce a lot of pros. Coach [John Calipari] is a good coach. It’s more of a business-type environment.”

North Carolina: “They just won the national championship. They’re more of a developmental school. They have a lot of three-and done players. They also have a nice campus as well. It’s a learning environment.”

Notre Dame: “Same thing as Vanderbilt. They’ve been recruiting me since freshman year.”

Ohio State: “There’s a lot of history to the school. It’s pretty close to home and they have a lot of pros.”

Vanderbilt: “They’re a rising program. They want me to come and play right away. They have nice facilities and develop their guys.”

Shittu averaged 20.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks in 16 games played with CIA Bounce (Can) on the Nike EYBL Summer Circuit. For his efforts, the five-star forward was named to the All-EYBL Second Team. In three games at Peach Jam, he averaged 20.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per outing.

When asked about what he’s looking for in a school, Shittu said, “The best fit, where I can make an impact right away. I’m looking for a school that can get me to the pros after my freshman year.”

So what is next for the versatile forward.

“I’m probably going to take two visits in the fall, two or three,” Shittu said. “Then, after the season, I’m not sure. I have no clue when I’ll make my decision but my parents and I have talked about it.”


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