His athleticism will blow crowds away, and now, fans of the UNBC Timberwolves will get to witness it firsthand. The University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s basketball team is excited to announce the official commitment of Fareed Shittu, an Edmonton native, for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
Shittu, who stands six-foot-five, has a long-limbed frame that seems perfectly suited for the hardcourt. However, he didn’t seriously play basketball until last year. A youth soccer player growing up, his path forever changed when he took the court for the first time.
Extremely proud of his family’s Nigerian roots, Shittu received interest from a number of schools at the university level. A visit to UNBC’s Prince George campus in March exposed the seventeen-year-old to the Timberwolves program and culture.
The forward was able to train with the TWolves during his visit, playing alongside past and present UNBC athletes. The GOOD Hoops product’s athleticism was on full display, but he noticed some areas that will command attention as he transitions to the highest level of university basketball in the country.
One glance at Shittu’s highlight tape or commitment video and it is hard not to see his significant ability to impact the game at both ends of the court. He and his Harry Ainlay High School teammates won the Edmonton City Championship in his Grade 11 year, and were runners-up this year. When asked for a scouting report on himself, Shittu instead focused more on the areas of the game he wants to improve on.
An honour roll student, Shittu intends to study business or engineering at UNBC. Timberwolves coach Todd Jordan says his newest recruit has an incredibly high ceiling, and the willingness and desire to put the work in to fulfill his massive possibilities.
Shittu is set to graduate from Harry Ainlay in June, and will join his new teammates for training camp in August. He looks forward to a new challenge, and is looking forward to putting a UNBC jersey on for the first time.