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We evaluate a trio of SMU basketball prospects inside!

Jonah Bolden- PF, Findlay Prep (NV)

Shooting: Bolden is a terrific shooter for his size. He has great form on his jumper and an incredibly smooth release. He is especially terrific from deep but can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor. Bolden's long arms also allow him to shoot over defenders with ease and be effective finishing in the paint. With a little more work on his ball handling and perimeter skills, Bolden will most likely become a small forward or face-up power forward in college.

Athleticism: Bolden's frame and athleticism give him a lot of potential to develop into a really productive player. He needs to add muscle to his slender build to help with his ability to mix it up with opponents, but he already does a terrific job finishing in traffic. Bolden plays hard with a lot of energy and runs the floor very well for a big man. He's also a terrific passer and can throw down some big time dunks. This combination of size and versatility make him a huge threat in transition.

Defense: Bolden uses his unique frame and long arms to be a very effective defender. He needs to improve on his strength if he wants to guard players in the post, but his basketball IQ and instincts help him pick up plenty of blocks and steals. He is also a terrific rebounder on both ends of the floor and loves to put back offensive rebounds over opponents. Although his game is still very raw, Bolden has shown the ability to anchor a defense.

Side Note: Bolden is a member of the Australian National Team. He recently narrowed his list down to SMU, UCLA, Michigan, UNLV, Louisville, LSU, Arizona, Oregon State, Auburn and Vanderbilt. Bolden's father, Bruce, played for Boise State in the mid 80s.

Offers: SMU, Arizona, Auburn, Boise State, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon State, Saint Mary's, UCLA, UNLV, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, and more.

Measureables: 6-8, 195

Ranking: A four-star in the class of 2014 and the No. 6 rated power forward.


Shake Milton- SG, Owasso (OK) (2015)

Shooting: Milton is a lights out shooter from anywhere on the court. He can easily create his own shot and knock down jumpers off the dribble or as a spot up shooter. Milton also does a terrific job finishing in traffic and doesn't mind having a defender's hand in his face. He has a very smooth release and an incredible ability to create contact and score when off balance. With his ability to score in so many different ways, Milton is considering one of the most dynamic wing players in the Class of 2015.

Playmaking Ability: Although Milton is considered a shooting guard, he is blessed with point guard skills. He has shown the ability to run a team for stretches because he is a good passer with terrific ball handling. He can get by opponents and take it to the basket with ease, which helps him create plays on offense. Milton finishes really well in the paint and has the ability to take over games with his scoring. But he understands how to use his teammates to be effective and will set up them up with his penetration and passing.

Defense: An underrated aspect of Milton's game is his defense. He collects lots of steals and causes problems for opponents with his long arms and lateral quickness. He competes hard on both ends and will become a better one-on-one defender when he adds more muscle to his frame. Although he is not an elite rebounder for his position, Milton isn't afraid to fight for boards in the paint with much bigger defenders. His ability to score is definitely his biggest strength, but don't sleep on Milton's potential as a defender.

Side Note: Milton averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game last year. He is one of the best players in the state of Oklahoma for 2015.

Offers: SMU, Creighton, Oklahoma and Tulsa.

Measureables: 6-4, 185

Ranking: A three-star in the class of 2015.


Bryant Crawford- PG, Gonzaga (MD) (2015)

Playmaking Ability: Crawford has a terrific feel for the game and off the charts basketball IQ. He is a true point guard who loves setting up his teammates more than he enjoys scoring the ball himself. Crawford sees the floor very well and uses his size to dominate smaller defenders. He can play off the ball if needed, but is much better when he is in control of the offense. Although he could improve on his aggressiveness taking the ball to the basket, Crawford is already one of the most balanced and complete point guards in the country.

Shooting: Crawford has worked hard to become a threat beyond the three-point line. He has shown an ability to knock down spot up jumpers consistently but needs to improve on his mid-range game. He has the ability to beat his defender off the dribble almost every play but doesn't love contact and needs to improve on his finishing ability. As Crawford continues to develop his jumper, he will become a force on the offensive end that teams will struggle to defend.

Defense: Crawford is an excellent defender at the point guard position. Like other big guards, Crawford uses his long arms and quick feet to shut down smaller opponents. He is terrific at jumping passing lanes for steals and starting fast breaks for his team. At 6-foot-2, Crawford is also able to collect blocks in the paint and out on the perimeter by using his length and instincts. As Crawford continues to grow and get stronger, he could become one of the best defenders in the country at his position.

Side Note: Crawford is a member of Team Takeover on the AAU circuit. He was also a member of the 2013 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team. He is reportedly very interested in SMU.

Offers: SMU, Connecticut, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, Texas, and more.

Measureables: 6-2, 180

Ranking: A four-star in the class of 2015 and the No.1 rated point guard.


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