Shake Quick Hits
Height/Weight: 6-4, 175 pounds
High School: Owasso (Okla.)
Rating: Four-star prospect by Scout.com
Ranking: 34th-ranked shooting guard in 2015
AAU Team: MOKAN Elite
2014 EYBL stats: In 21 games, averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists a game. Shot 46 percent from the field, 26 percent from three-point range and made 83 percent of his tries from the free throw line.
Side Note: Milton was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma last year after averaging 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Milton sounds off on choices
SMU: “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. It feels like I’ve known those guys longer than I really have. They’re always cracking jokes and are fun to be around.”
Oklahoma: “They were one of the first ones to recruit me, and we have built a connection. I’ve been up there plenty of times, so the coaches and I have a good relationship. The players are all really cool together and they really mesh, so it seems like it would be a good fit.”
Indiana: “The tradition they have. And mainly everything about Coach Tom Crean. Coach 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.”
Shake Milton Evaluation
Strengths: Milton's 6-4 frame has a seven-foot wingspan, which will help tremendously on the defensive end at the next level. Milton's wingspan also allows him to finish at the rim well and get good looks at short pull-up jumpers. On MOKAN Elite, Milton was asked to do a lot in his system, but did his job very well.
Areas to Improve: Lacking elite athleticism, Milton relies more on his knowledge and length. Milton will have to improve on his jumper and three-point shooting, an area that saw a decline from the 2013 to 2014 EYBL seasons. At the next level, Milton will be able to focus more on developing his game and not having so many different roles like Milton had on MOKAN.
Shake Milton Mixtape
How he'd fit at SMU
Milton would be SMU's second commit in the 2015 class along with Sedrick Barefield. SMU would have four new faces on the floor for the 2015-16 season with Barefield, Milton, Ben Emelogu (pending waiver decision) and Jordan Tolbert (redshirting) if Milton commits to SMU. With Milton's length, he's exactly what Larry Brown likes in his guards. Milton would be versatile enough to play any of the backcourt positions and if he develops more of a three-point shot, would be a solid, four-year player for the Mustangs.
BILLY'S PICK: Oklahoma
SMU has been looking for that combo guard to pair with Sedrick Barefield. SMU fans will have to wait another day for that player. I believe it'll be Admon Gilder, even if he's more of a pure 2. Rashard Odomes is more of a wing because of his frame that he still can fill out. Oklahoma has depth, but Milton is looking for comfort. Not that he's not comfortable at SMU or Indiana, but just how comfortable he is with OU. Not only did he cancel his Illinois visit, he went for another visit to OU. That's what sets the Sooners apart for me. Milton would fit incredibly well and I think he could have a similar impact that Sterling Brown had his freshman year, but the in-state Sooners have built a great connection and the Sooners will be very happy come a few minutes after 3:30.
SCOTT'S PICK: Indiana
I think in the back of his mind, Milton knows Gilder is leaning towards SMU, so that, in my mind, will deter the Oklahoma native from SMU. Milton has been considered a Oklahoma lean in the past, but I think over his recent visit to Indiana, he developed a relationship with IU Head Coach Tom Crean that will be hard to pass up on. Milton's close friend and AAU teammate Juwan Morgan is also an Indiana commit, which is something that will play into his decision.
PATRICK'S PICK: Oklahoma
Shake Milton will end up at Oklahoma, which has seemed to be his favorite. But it is not as certain as it was a month ago, when Shake to the Sooners seemed all but done. However, the commitments of Rashard Odomes to Oklahoma and Juwan Morgan to Indiana could complicate Milton’s decision. Adding Odomes, a fellow 2015 shooting guard, to an already deep Oklahoma backcourt could mean fewer minutes for Milton. Milton could also opt to play with his good friend Morgan at Indiana. I think Milton will strongly consider Indiana and SMU, but will ultimately stay in his home state and pick Oklahoma.
HATT'S PICK: Oklahoma
When Shake Milton announces his decision Wednesday afternoon, expect the choice to be Oklahoma. I think Indiana, with Juwan Morgan, and SMU, with their great coaching staff, are certainly still in play, but it seems as though Milton is looking to stay closer to home. I think it’s very telling that in early September, Milton cancelled his visit to Illinois to take an extra visit to Oklahoma. Although he did have great visits to SMU and Indiana, he has a long history with Oklahoma. Beginning in his sophomore year, Milton has been traveling to OU and has an equally good relationship with that coaching staff. I think Indiana is a strong challenger to Oklahoma, but Milton would not be able to get as much playing time early on at Indiana.
DEMO'S PICK: SMU
I really felt early on that Milton would be leaning more towards Indiana because he is close friends with 2015 forward Juwan Morgan who already committed to the Hoosiers. But then I realized how crowded that back court is with Yogi Ferrell (junior), Stanford Robinson (sophomore), Andrew Calomeris (sophomore), Jonny Marlin (sophomore), and Joe Fagan (sophomore) all ready fighting for minutes. As nice as it might be to be a apart of a team with a buddy, I think playing time is a lot more attractive and SMU can offer that. It also does;t hurt that he has developed a close relationship with SMU's coaching staff.
“It feels like I’ve known those guys longer than I really have,” Milton told Pony Stampede's own Patrick Engel “They’re always cracking jokes and are fun to be around.”
SMU's coaching staff is one of the biggest selling points for the program, and if he is already feeling a connection with them, I think the Mustangs have a good shot at landing him on Wednesday.