Abdullah Shittu, Men's Basketball

Abdullah Shittu
Abdullah Shittu

EDMONTON – Shittu finished second in Canada West in blocks last season, so his defensive game has long been there, but now the forward is adding a serious offensive threat to his repertoire in 2019-20, as evidenced by scoring 47 points in a pair of losses at Trinity Western on the weekend.

In Friday’s 109-97 defeat, the third-year Harry Ainlay product had a career game with 31 points – the fourth-highest produced by a Griffins player in MacEwan’s Canada West history. Shittu added five rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of work.

In Saturday’s 100-93 loss, Shittu ran into some early foul trouble and only played 25 minutes as a result, but he still managed to finish second on the Griffins in scoring with 16 points, adding five boards, two blocks, an assist and a steal.

For the season, Shittu is tied for the team’s scoring lead with Deonte Doslov-Doctor, each producing 13.8 points per game in eight games so far. Shittu’s elite blocks production is also still intact; his average of 1.4 per game is tied for second-best in Canada West.

The Griffins next return to action on Jan. 3-4 when they welcome the Manitoba Bisons to the David Atkinson Gym.