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.