VIDEO: Simi Shittu Shines At Hoophall Classic
Vermont Academy junior Simi Shittu made the most of his performance Sunday at Springfield College’s Blake Arena, as the promising forward posted a stat line of 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals in what ultimately was an 81-79 loss for the Wildcats to Putnam Science Academy.
Shittu, tabbed as the No. 8 player in ESPN’s Class of 2018 rankings, has already received offers from a number of schools — including UConn, Louisville, UCLA and Oklahoma.
Some of Shittu’s top suitors were on hand to watch him play Sunday, including UConn head coach Kevin Ollie.
Despite his team being on the wrong side of the scoreboard, Shittu displayed the versatile skillset that has made the Burlington, Ontario native one of the most sought-after players in his class.
Even with his frame (6-foot-9, 209 pounds), Shittu’s game is not just relegated to the paint, as he possesses a fluid style of play that incorporates a strong first step, plenty of range from deep and the ability to create his own offense off the dribble.
Of course, the 17-year-old Shittu is no slouch down low, as he gobbled up three offensive boards and threw down a two-handed slam in the early minutes of Sunday’s game.
It’s been an interesting journey for Shittu, who transferred from Montverde Academy (FL) to Vermont Academy over the summer in an effort to maintain a steady amount of playing time.
There is still plenty that the Canadian forward needs to work on, including filling out his lengthy frame, but look for Shittu to continue to rocket up the 2018 rankings as he matures and hones his game.
SOURCE: MASS LIVE