Milton updates recruitment

Patrick talked with Owasso 2015 G Shake Milton about canceling his Illinois visit and where that leaves SMU.

SMU has hosted many Class of 2015 basketball players for official visits recently. Owasso High School (Okla.) guard Shake Milton was one of the recent visitors. He visited the weekend of September 5 and said he had a great time.

“It went really well,” Milton said. “The campus is really pretty. I got to spend some time with coach Brown, coach Turner and coach Ulric. [I’m impressed] with how involved coach Brown was in making his players better. It just really seemed like he cared.”

Milton said he was also impressed with the coaches’ friendly personalities, which has helped him form a good relationship with them.

“It feels like I’ve known those guys longer than I really have,” Milton said. “They’re always cracking jokes and are fun to be around.”

Milton included SMU in his final four schools, along with Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma, when he trimmed his list in early August. He has already taken his official to Oklahoma. He was going to visit Illinois for an official on September 13, but canceled that visit.

“I told my AAU coach that I didn’t want to take my [Illinois] visit anymore,” Milton said.

Instead of visiting Illinois, Milton went back to Oklahoma for an unofficial. He gave the home-state school a lot of love.

“I’ve been up there plenty of times, so the coaches and I have a good relationship,” Milton said. “The players are all really cool together and they really mesh, so it seems like it would be a good fit.”

On September 26, Milton will take his official visit to Indiana. His former AAU teammate with the Mokan Elite, Juwan Morgan, just committed to the Hoosiers.

“Coach (Tom) Crean and coach (Steve) McClain, they’ve really been on me hard. They really think they can make me a better player and a better person.”

Milton said he does not plan on taking any other visits before making his decision, which he said will be in early October. He said he does not have a leader.

“Each of the three schools has something good to offer, so they’re pretty much on a level playing field. I’m going to talk to my mom about where I feel most comfortable and where I can benefit the most.”

Milton will not give Oklahoma an in-state discount, but he admitted he considers staying close to his family.

“I don’t think [distance] will be a factor,” he said. “I’ve prepared myself to go far away for college if I have to, but that would be something to think about so my mom could watch me play.”

Owasso has already started working out as a team, and Milton will be a leader during his senior year.

“I’m excited for it. I’m ready to make a decision so I can focus on just basketball and having fun,” he said.

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