Simi Shittu is an elite student-athlete currently attending Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. The 6’9 forward is one of the most sought after players in the nation at any position, currently ranked the #4 player in the country for the class of 2018 per 247Sports. Simi has dominated the EYBL playing for CIA Bounce on the AAU circuit, averaging 16.6ppg, 7.1 rebounds, shooting 59%, while adding a block and a steal per game for good measure. Shittu has college coaches lined up for the explosive forward with elite court vision and the ability to handle the ball in transition at 6’9.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring on the AAU circuit, you’ve been tremendous thus far. Can you tell us how things are going for CIA Bounce as a team and for you individually?
SS: Things are going well, we got off to a rough start in New York going 1-3, but we seemed to have come together and now we are starting to play hard as a unit. Individually, I’m doing well, I’m showing coaches that I’m an all around player and that I can make a significant impact on both ends. I still think I can play a lot better though.
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) April 24, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
SS: I like to get my teammates involved and be a playmaker. I can score inside and outside. I prefer facing up on the perimeter or mid-post area. I’m a good rebounder, and I have a good handle at my size, which I plan to get even better. I can guard positions 2-5 and I play hard and play to win.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
SS: 4-5 times per week.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
SS: Chemistry or just sciences in general.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
SS: I think I’m going to major in chemistry or possibly finance.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
SS: Going to the movies or hanging out with my friends, usually.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
SS: Marquette, Syracuse, UConn, Texas, Baylor, Illinois, Alabama, DePaul
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
SS: Kentucky, Duke, Washington, Iowa State, Indiana, Miami, Oregon, Wake Forest, Tennessee, UNLV
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
SS: I’ll be attending the NBA Top 100 Camp, no visits scheduled as of right now.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
SS: Best fit where I can develop and possibly make the NBA after one year.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
SS: Become an All-American and finish as a top 5 player in my class. Make enough money to provide for my family, and just be the best basketball player I can possibly be.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
SS: Work hard at what you do, it’s not going to be easy to get where you want to be.
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