Vanderbilt has not officially hired a new coach yet, but forward/center Simisola Shittu isn’t sticking around to find out who will take the job.
The former McDonald’s All-American announced that he is departing VU after one season with the Commodores. Shittu announced his decision in a note shared on his Twitter account.
Though he’ll be eligible for the upcoming draft, he may face an uphill battle to make an NBA roster. He arrived at Vanderbilt with projections of being a future first-round pick, but ESPN.com currently ranks him as No. 81 among prospects available, meaning he is seen as unlikely to be drafted in either of the two rounds.
As a freshman, he appeared in 32 games, averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Shittu can test the draft waters, workout for teams and even participate in the NBA’s G-League camp in May, but must make a final decision by May 29, the deadline to withdraw.