McMillan Leaving State

Jamelle McMillan's father, current NBA coach Nate McMillan, played at N.C. State - so it was natural that he'd have a connection with the Raleigh school at the end of the day. The O'Dea High (Wash.) senior point guard made his decision on Monday.

The Sun Devils are red hot since Herb Sendek took over with the latest piece of good news coming when Jamelle McMillan committed to Arizona State after a weekend visit.

The 6-foot-2 McMillan, who is the son of NBA coach and former player Nate McMillan, chose the Sun Devils over Sendek's former employer – N.C. State.

``I've known these guys forever and they've been recruiting me as hard as anyone in the world," McMillan said. "They had two or three guys at every game."

``They've been honest and are guys you can trust," McMillan added of the staff. "They are down to earth, have fun and are a bunch of clowns."

McMillan is a huge get for Sendek & Co. because of his ability to run a team and defend. McMillan was slated to take official visits to N.C. State and Clemson, but he didn't feel the need to continue the recruiting process.

``Coach Sendek even busted out a new pair of Nike's for me," McMillan joked. "That supposedly never happens."

``I had a great visit and met with a lot of people while I was there," he added. "This is exciting. James Harden committed, Eric Boateng is there and it's a great situation for me."

McMillan said that he had only heard from new N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe once in the past month – a text message since he returned from Las Vegas at the end of July.

``I saw Sidney Lowe a couple of times in July, but I haven't talked to him in a month," McMillan said.

``I just felt that Arizona State was the best situation for me," he added. "Coach Sendek is expecting me to come right in and hit the floor. It's a situation where they are building and reconstructing something and I want to be a part of that."


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