Jul 292017

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

John Calipari arrived in Canada on Saturday afternoon for the Classic Exposure Camp, which will feature, among others, five-star forward Simi Shittu.

The UK coach has shown an increased interest in Shittu’s recruitment in recent days after watching him during the first two July evaluation periods. This weekend marks the third and final evaluation period of the summer, and Calipari spent the first few days of this one in Las Vegas, where most of the country’s top prospects were playing with their shoe-company travel teams.

Shittu — a 6-foot-9, 220-pound prospect from Ontario — plays his high school basketball at Vermont Academy and is a member of CIA Bounce on the Nike circuit. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 8 overall prospect in the class of 2018.

His scholarship offers so far include Arizona, Louisville, Syracuse, UCLA and several other top programs.

Earlier Saturday, former UK guard Jamal Murray — one of the top Canadian basketball players — tweeted a photo of himself and Calipari on a plane.


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