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Vanderbilt signee Simi Shittu has surgery on torn ACL

The good news? Shittu should be back by November.

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at South Carolina
This’ll just be the bad news image from now on.
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Well, this is suboptimal.

Simi Shittu is a McDonald’s All-American and the highest-rated men’s basketball signee in Vanderbilt history, currently ranked as the #10 overall recruit in the Class of 2018 by the 247 Sports composite. So this is kind of a big deal.

The good news is that assuming there aren’t any setbacks in his recovery, Shittu should be available for Vanderbilt’s 2018-19 season opener. The bad news is that he’ll likely miss summer workouts and might miss some of the preseason, which means that he’d be spending the early part of the season just trying to get back into game shape. (He also won’t be playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game, obviously.)

That said, in all but the absolute worst-case scenario, he should be able to go at full speed by the time SEC play rolls around. Still, it just feels like this is why we can’t have nice things. We wish Simi a swift recovery.