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Simi Shittu commits to Vanderbilt

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The 5-star forward will play for the Commodores next season

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Well, that was quick.

Simi Shittu commits to Vanderbilt, which comes as no surprise.

Shittu is another solid commit for Bryce Drew’s 2018 class at Vanderbilt, as he and Darius Garland are two of the best in the country at their positions.


Simi Shittu didn’t make a decision during the fall signing period, but a decision seems to be coming soon, based on a statement Shittu made to Scout’s Evan Daniels.

“Right now I’m still talking to my family and maybe I’ll make a decision in a couple of weeks, but I’m not sure right now,” Shittu said.

Once thought to be a Kentucky lean, Shittu seems to be leaning heavily toward Vanderbilt. The last 11 picks on Shittu’s Crystal Ball have been for the Commodores, including Daniels.

Right now, it seems as if it will be between Vandy and North Carolina for Shittu. Kentucky seems to be pretty much out of the picture after never officially extending an offer to the 6’9 forward.

Some believe that UK never offered Shittu because they believed that Shittu did not want to play with R.J. Barrett in college, but even after Barrett committed to Duke, they never really got back into his recruitment.

Personally, in a class that lacks a lot of frontcourt talent, I wish Kentucky had been more heavily involved with Shittu, because I think he can be a really good frontcourt player next year, but John Calipari has earned the right to be trusted when it comes to who he recruits.

If he had waited until the spring, I think Kentucky may have tried to jump back into his recruitment, but if he decides in the next two weeks, Kentucky’s chances are essentially zero.

It is likely that Kentucky will see Shittu quite a bit next year if he ends up at Vanderbilt, who is building a really good class with PG Darius Garland and four-star guard Aaron Neysmith. Shittu would make this class a top-10 recruiting class, according to the 247 Recruiting Class Calculator.