When assistant coach K.T. Turner joined the SMU coaching staff this summer, he brought along with him multiple new recruits for the Mustangs to target.
One of those players is Class of 2015 shooting guard Malik ‘Shake' Milton from Owasso (OK). Milton had a previous relationship with Turner from the coach's time at Wichita State.
It was a bit of a surprise when Turner called Milton this past summer and let him know he was joining the SMU coaching staff. But Milton picked up an offer from Turner's new school a couple weeks ago and they began talking again.
"I think SMU would be a good fit for me," Milton said. "I've stayed in contact with Coach Turner a lot. I think I'll definitely take an unofficial visit. I have a lot of family down in Texas so I kind of want to go to school somewhere in that area."
Although Milton hasn't had a chance to visit the Hilltop yet, he says the coaching staff has already made a huge impression on him from their brief conversations.
"Oh, I love the school," he said. "I love the fact that their new coach Larry Brown has NBA experience because that can definitely go a long way in helping players reach their goals of going to the NBA."
Milton has also picked up offers from Creighton, Tulsa and Oklahoma. As his recruitment is starting to pick up, he has begun hearing from schools like Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia and more.
"The biggest thing for me will be my relationship with the head coach and the coaching staff," he said. "How much I can trust the coaches and how much they trust me. It's probably too early to start picking favorites, but I have been taking some unofficial visits to different schools just to see what the campus is like."
At 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Milton averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game last year. He described himself as a complete player who can help on both ends of the floor.
"I'm definitely a good shooter," he said. "I can shoot from pretty deep, and I have good passing skills, so I feel comfortable running a team as well. I'm also really long and lengthy, so that helps me on defense."
For now, Milton will continue to be open in his recruitment and take things slow. He will begin to narrow down his list of favorites after the season because he says he wants to keep his focus on one goal.
"I want to win a state championship," he said. "The rest will take care of itself. Winning state is all I really care about right now."
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