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Simi Shittu will not return to Vanderbilt

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Richard Mackson | USA TODAY Sports

The cupboard is bare for Jerry Stackhouse. The former North Carolina Tar Heel and new Vanderbilt head coach lost a former McDonald’s All-American from his roster.

Friday afternoon Simi Shittu announced he will keep his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.


In his only season at Vanderbilt, the 6’10” Canadian forward averaged 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Recruited to play alongside Darius Garland, following the point guard’s injury Shittu could not carry the Commodores to even one SEC victory.

ESPN ranks Garland as the No. 4 overall prospect in the draft. Shittu falls in at No. 89 overall.

Without Shittu, the only recognizable player returning to Vanderbilt is Saben Lee. Stackhouse signed the No. 48 recruiting class in America this year. It features the names Kenyon Martin and Scotty Pippen, but these three-star prospects aren’t comparable to their Hall of Fame namesakes.

Jerry Stackhouse brings plenty of name recognition to Nashville, but without Shittu, it’s going to be another long year for the Commodores.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Simi Shittu will not return to Vanderbilt

  1. ukcamel
    5:22 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure that zero-time All-Star Kenyon Martin is heading to the Hall of Fame or even the Hall of Very Good.

    • nocode96
      5:53 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      I do think he was an all star in 2004 and all rookie first team in 01. National POTY his last season at Cincinnati too. But you’re 100% right, he’s not even in the running for a HOF career and mentioning him as an equal to the great Scottie Pippin is asinine writing. But…look who wrote it.

  2. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    5:44 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Simi was so childish in his recruitment. He wouldn’t visit UK without an offer

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:16 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Sh!t who?

  4. mashburnfan1
    6:22 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Dang who coached at Vandy last year, dude really develops guys for NBA. This kid is in draft and Garland only played 5 games yet he may go in the top 5. Our own guy named Vanderbilt played more than 5 games and Cal could not get him to the top 5 pick.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:02 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Yet another idiotic comment by the Cal hater, that is a unfair comparison but you’re to big of a dumbass to recognize it.

  5. runningunnin.454
    7:12 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Well, that doesn’t make for a very merry Christmas for Vandy, does it?
    I’m afraid we may have the same luck with EJ.

  6. panicpat
    11:16 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    mashburnfan1 is looking for attention