McMillan Sets Visit

Seattle (WA) O'Dea standout Jamelle McMillian discusses his recruitment with Pack Pride.

Jamelle McMillan's junior season is over and now he is turning his focus to AAU basketball and his college recruitment.

"I'm going to Boo Williams with my AAU team in April," McMillan told Pack Pride. "That's the 7-9th."

With the AAU circuit kicking off, most of McMillan's weekends will be spent traveling the country with Friends of Hoop, a Seattle-based AAU program. However, he has already scheduled one unofficial visit, a mid-week trip to NC State that he will take during his spring break.

"I plan to take a visit to NC State on April 18th," said McMillan. "We have spring break that week, and it should give me a chance to see what it's really like.

"My parents are probably not coming, well my mom might but it's doubtful. I was impressed with their season so I'm just waiting to get a feel for the life there."

Illinois and Georgetown are also heavily pursuing the 6-foot-2 combo guard, and both schools are attractive options.

"NC State, Illinois, and Georgetown, those are my top three," said McMillan. "Illinois was talking about a visit around the same time as NC State, during spring break, but I haven't finalized it."

McMillan says that the Fightin Illini and Wolfpack are similar in a lot of ways.

"I like both head coaches," McMillan said. "Both are well-respected and both are successful. I like NC State's style of play as well as what Illinois does. NC State relates to my high school system perfectly, and Illinois is like my AAU team.

"I like the location of both schools, and I'm comfortable with both of them. Also I like the guards that Illinois produces. Dee Brown, Deron Williams, and Luther Head, all those guys are role model guards."

Georgetown also appeals to McMillan, for obvious reasons.

"Georgetown is way smaller, but it is another excellent program with a well-respected coach and outstanding group of athletes. They have a great incoming freshman class, and it's a program that produces great basketball players.

"Like the other two it is also an amazing academic school."

Jamelle McMillan

Does McMillan have a current leader?

"NC State still leads," he said. "I just think they've showed the most interest the whole time. I've had great conversations with all the coaches. After watching this season it seems to be the place I'd feel the most comfortable."

McMillan acknowledges that because his father played at NC State, that could factor into his decision. Nate McMillan, currently the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers, played two seasons at NC State after earning Junior College All-American honors at Chowan College. McMillan averaged 8.5 points and 6 assists during his career, and he was selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1987 NBA Draft.

Don't expect it to be the deciding factor, as Nate McMillan believes all three schools are attractive options for his son.

"He likes all three," Jamelle said. "He's aware of the different coaching styles and respects all three coaches and what they've done with their programs.

"He says he can see me at all three. It's just a matter of where I feel comfortable and where I fit in, but as far as coaching he's familiar with all three and is impressed with them all."

With NC State firmly in the driver's seat, McMillan hinted before that a commitment could come in the near future. Is that still the case?

"I guess it depends on what happens when I'm there."

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