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Simi Shittu on Kentucky: “They make pros every day”

Simi Shittu is likely the next 2018 prospect that will get an offer from John Calipari, and judging by a recent interview, the versatile Canadian forward already thinks Kentucky is the best place to prepare him from the pros.

247 Sports’ Andrew Slater posted a lengthy interview with the 6-10 Shittu, the eighth ranked player in the 2018 class, and a lot of it focuses on his thoughts on Calipari. Shittu said that even though he doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, the fact that Cal came to Canada last month to watch him play AND brought Jamal Murray with him shows he’s interested.

“Just saying how much they want me,” Shittu said of Cal’s message to him. “They feel like I could make major impact at Kentucky. It showed me a lot that he was willing and able to come up to watch me play during that time.”

Shittu said he and Murray, one of Canada’s most famous pros, are “pretty cool” and that he also knows current Cat Shai Alexander, whose family lives 20 minutes from his in Ontario. What has Shai told him about Kentucky so far?

“It’s a great atmosphere. If you want to make it to the next level, it’s one of the places you should be. They make pros every day. He’s a good coach.”

Shittu is known for his versatility. At 6-10, he’s got the size of a big but passes and drives like a guard. How unique is he? When asked, Shittu said Calipari couldn’t come up with a player to compare him to.

“Not at all, actually. He says I’m one of the different players. I couldn’t really be compared to some of the other guys he’s had there.”

What’s the next move? Shittu said Calipari and the UK staff want him to come visit this fall. If he does, I doubt he’ll leave Lexington without an offer.

[247 Sports]

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7 Comments for Simi Shittu on Kentucky: “They make pros every day”



  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    5:15 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Quickley, Barrett, Williamson, Shittu, Bol all need to just come on down. That would be the best recruiting class ever.



  2. StuckinLville
    5:50 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Since Bagley and Bol Bol are outta the picture, I don’t understand why they haven’t offered. Hoping for a class of Quickley, Williamson, Barrett, Johnson, and Shittu.



    • robman181
      12:50 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Just guessing but I would assume that they don’t know the scholly situation yet. Without knowing who’s leaving they don’t want to give away Zion, RJ or Quickleys scholly.



  3. Catcasey1
    6:25 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Where did bol bol go ?



    • BlueGrass
      6:31 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

      Nowhere yet, but most feel UK are out of it.



  4. Ridge Runner
    8:44 pm September 4, 2017 Permalink

    Did anyone hear how the RJ Barrett visit went?



  5. pancakesfordinner
    10:26 am September 5, 2017 Permalink

    I only want this guy for the headline “I SHITTU NOT!”