2018 target Simi Shittu cancels Arizona visit; is Book Richardson arrest to blame?

Arizona has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2018 thanks to the commitments of three top-40 prospects. But the recent of arrest of assistant coach Book Richardson may be keeping the Wildcats from adding any other significant pieces.

Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported Tuesday that Simi Shittu, a 5-star power forward who is rated by 247Sports as the No. 7 player in the country, has canceled a planned official visit to Tucson. He was scheduled to check out Arizona on Nov. 3.

Shittu, who is set to visit Vanderbilt on Oct. 6, had Arizona listed among his top 10 schools in August.

Though no reason was cited, it stands to reason the canceled visit can be attributed to the uncertainty surrounding Arizona in the wake of Richardson’s arrest Sept. 25 on federal bribery charges. At least two other 2018 targets have either dropped the Wildcats from their list or made other moves to indicate their wariness.

On Sept. 26 5-star wing Nassir Little, whose name has been linked to allegations in the federal case, posted a tweet (which has since been deleted) announcing that he had reopened his recruitment. He hadn’t committed to a school but many experts had him as a lock to pick Arizona.

Four days later, No. 1 overall player R.J. Barrett announced a final three that no longer included Arizona and Michigan. He had taken an official visit to Arizona on Sept. 21.

Arizona still has commitments from 5-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly, 4-star point guard Brandon Williams and 4-star power forward Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

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