Illini "Shake" Things Up a Bit

Illinois decided to "Shake" things up a little bit on Tuesday. After hosting 2015 combo guard Shake Milton for a visit, they extended an offer to the four-star. Get his reaction here.

Illinois hosted a pair of prospects from EYBL program MoKan Elite on Tuesday. One of those prospects was combo guard Shake Milton, who came away with an offer from the Illini.

Coming into the visit, Milton kept an open mind. But the visit ended up being very informative and he gained a better understanding of what Illinois is all about.

"I wasn't really sure what to expect going in," he said, "But I took away a lot and I enjoyed it."

Following the season, Illinois began renovations to the State Farm Center and Ubben Practice Facility courts. Milton was surprised by the amount of work and effort being put into the basketball program.

"I was surprised how much they had going for them," Milton said. "There were so many renovations that they're building. It was cool."

This may have been Milton's first visit to Illinois, but the relationship with the Illini has been building for a while now, and the visit helped further that.

"(The visit) was great," he said. "The coaches showed us all around campus and we got to see how they work with their players and prepare them. I learned a lot about them."

Milton didn't get to spend a lot of time hanging out with the players, but he did get to see them scrimmaging and he liked the intensity and the brotherhood they showed with each other.

"We really didn't get to spend a lot of time together," Milton said, "but we met all of them and I could tell they were cool but at the same time they were competitive."

Illinois as a whole has gotten Milton's attention. He sees the hunger the coaches and the team has to get better.

Milton said, "I liked how eager the coaches are to come in and work with the players every single day."

The offer did catch Milton a bit off guard, but getting the offer was a great experience for the guard prospect.

"I didn't really know they were going to do it, but honestly it felt good," he said. "The coaches and I are really starting to build a relationship."

Milton does feel like his game is a good match for what Coach Groce is trying to accomplish at Illinois.

"They were saying how I could come in, earn playing time, and play the point coming off of ball screens and make decisions," he said. "That's where I'm most comfortable."

Milton isn't ready to end his recruitment any time soon, but he will start to narrow his focus later this summer.

"I'm close to cutting a list but my mom and I will discuss it after the July period and set up officials," he said.

Milton said he plans to announce his choice in November and sign in the early signing period. As for what will matter in the end?

"Really just the relationship the coaches have with the players and the player development," he said. "Academics are important, too."


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