UK basketball recruiting notes for Sunday night

The third July evaluation period for college basketball coaches wrapped up Sunday, bringing a close to the summer recruiting period.

A few UK-related notes about this past week’s happenings, and what they might mean for the Wildcats’ future recruiting efforts:

Cal goes to Canada

John Calipari spent much of his week in Las Vegas, where most of the top players from the Nike, Adidas and Under Armour circuits were gathered for a series of highly attended exhibitions.

On Saturday, the UK coach flew to Canada to check out Simi Shittu, an athletic, versatile, 6-9 power forward who made an impression on him earlier this month. UK has been evaluating Shittu for months now, but Calipari personally showed a larger interest in his recruitment last week, and his getaway from Vegas — where most of the weekend recruiting action was centered — shows that Kentucky is serious about pursuing him further.

Shittu, who averaged 20.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the Nike circuit this summer, is the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports…

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