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Simi Shittu sets official visits to Arizona, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt

The five-star forward will visit Tucson in early November

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Five-star forward Simi Shittu will officially visit the Arizona Wildcats on Nov. 3-5, he announced Thursday on Twitter.

Shittu, the No. 7 prospect in the 2018 class, also set official visit dates to Vanderbilt (Oct. 6) and North Carolina (Nov. 10).

However, Shittu said these aren’t necessarily his top three schools, rather just the ones he has a confirmed date to visit.

Shittu narrowed his list to 10 schools back in August, which included Arizona, Arizona State, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico, UNC, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Shittu will be on the UA campus in time for Arizona’s exhibition against Chico State on Nov. 5, so he will get to experience game day in Tucson.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller visited Shittu on Sept. 19 and Sept. 12.

The 6-foot-8 forward previously attended Montverde Academy in Florida, but he now attends Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont.

Before being taken down, Shittu’s scouting report on listed his strengths as his athleticism, and his ability to face up and run the floor. His weaknesses were listed as his 3-point range, ballhandling, and low block scoring.

“Simi Shittu, a native of Canada, is a 6-foot-8 power forward prospect with good athleticism and mobility,” his scouting report read.

“Shittu is a fluid runner and gets up and down the court with ease and purpose. Shittu is quick off his feet and a good leaper. Shittu has a good set of hands and solid touch around the basket. Offensively, Shittu likes to the face the rim and attack from the high post and also spends time getting on the glass hunting down put back opportunities. The next step in his game is adding a go-to move on the block.”

Arizona currently has three commits in its top-ranked 2018 recruiting class, but Miller said the Wildcats plan to sign five to seven players when all is said and done.

Follow Ryan Kelapire on Twitter at @RKelapire