McMillan: NC State Has A Bright Future

2007 combo guard Jamelle McMillan was excited when he first heard that Sidney Lowe would be the new head coach at NC State. Of course, with his father being Nate McMillan, he heard sooner than most.

2007 combo guard Jamelle McMillan was excited when he first heard that Sidney Lowe would be the new head coach at NC State. Of course, with his father being Nate McMillan, he heard sooner than most.

"The day before [he accepted the job], Sidney called my dad, and they talked about it," said McMillan. "My dad said he was a perfect match. His family is there because they didn't want to move to Detroit, and he played at NC State. He knows the conference, he knows his competition, and he knows what winning is all about so my dad was definitely excited for him and thought he was a good choice."

Like Lowe, Nate McMillan starred at point guard for NC State in the 1980s before playing and eventually becoming a head coach in the NBA. Lowe and McMillan maintain a solid relationship off the court.

"He's good friends with my dad," said McMillan. "He played there too so it will be good for the community to have a guy like that back. He's worked with the best at the highest level, so with his experience I don't see NC State going anywhere but in a positive direction."

McMillan also found out that Larry Harris would be returning to NC State with Lowe. Harris, who followed Herb Sendek to Arizona State, had been recruiting McMillan at ASU and NC State.

"Coach Harris is another great guy who has been around for a long time," said McMillan. "I culdn't see him leaving to go to Arizona with coach Sendek. NC State seems to be his place and a perfect fit, and he's a guy the players respect from what I've seen. Having him back is going to be nothing but a good thing for the Wolfpack."

A 6-foot-3 combo guard, McMillan has seen his recruitment explode after a strong junior season at Seattle (WA) O'Dea HS and an outstanding showing at the Next Level AAU Tournament held in Dallas, Texas. His top five currently consists of Georgia Tech, Illinois, Arizona State, Virginia, and NC State, and he hopes to start taking unofficial visits in the near future.

One program expected to receive a visit is Arizona State, as McMillan has a strong bond with coach Sendek.

"I think the coaching excites me the most at Arizona State because I dont know anything about the school at all," he said. "I'm really open-minded, and I'm working on some visit dates right now with the coaches."

The hiring of Lowe put NC State right back in the mix for McMillan's services.

"NC State is definitely a place I'd consider especially with the coaching staff they've hired," he said. "They have a positive and bright future ahead of them... it's basically a matter of them wanting me."


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