Vanderbilt freshman basketball player Simi Shittu has declared for the NBA draft, he announced on Twitter Wednesday.
He does not plan on returning to the Commodores, despite an ongoing coaching search that reportedly has narrowed to former NBA All-Star and current Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse as the leading candidate. Shittu could still return to Vanderbilt, per a new NCAA rule, even though he plans to hire an agent.
Shittu, a 6-foot-10 freshman, started this season as a five-star prospect and a projected first-round pick in some mock drafts. But he struggled in the second half of the season amid Vanderbilt's school-record 20-game losing streak. Shittu is now projected outside the two rounds of the NBA Draft, sitting at No. 81 overall in the ESPN.com ranking.