Milton pens robust spring

Mo-Kan Elite doesn't field one of the Nike circuit's glamour programs, but consistently they have churned out high-major talent. Shake Milton has proved himself to be worthy of that distinction, too, and will be a fine representative for the program.

Shake Milton has a name that invites a pun about how he's actually a very solid player, but I think we can do better than that. However one wants to introduce his story in a headline, the Milton story warrants thorough attention.

To start, Milton's father died when he was a high school freshman. A basketball player himself who stood 6-7, Myron bequeathed a hoops legacy to his son — who stands 6-4 and still may be growing — that Shake is carrying on with great success.

Through 12 games with Mo-Kan this spring, Milton is averaging 13 points per game on a strong 57 percent shooting mark from the floor. He doesn't take a ton of shots but typically converts the ones he does attempt, and his game incorporates drives to the bucket (typically going right) and three-point shooting range.

Milton also is a talented handler for a wing and a fine playmaker who, although defensively he projects as a shooting guard, actually could play a combo role offensively. He boasts impressive quickness and an even more substantial understanding of how to cultivate team success in a competitively charged atmosphere. Mo-Kan has notched an 8-4 record and stands in third place (out of 10 teams) in their EYBL division, due in large part to his efforts commanding the ship.

His recruiting process has begun to unfurl at a rapid clip, and he presently boasts more than a half dozen offers.

"I have offers from Oklahoma, OSU (Oklahoma State), Tulsa, Creighton, SMU, (Texas) A&M and Wake Forest," Milton said. "Indiana, Kansas and Texas have all picked up their interest, too."

Milton took unofficial visits to Norman and Tulsa last year, along with Wichita State. He likes the idea of playing in a game with lots of possessions.

"I'm looking hard at the style of play," Milton said. "I really like to play fast. "

He doesn't appear to have a specific timetable for a decision but does want to advance the process later this summer.

"Me and my mom will sit down after the summer and think about it," he said.

Milton appears to be a potential top-100 prospect in the Class of 2015.

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