Why he committed: Shake has been public about his affection for Larry Brown and his staff.
“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. 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 previously said distance from home would not be a factor, but he did admit he would consider staying close to home. Bob Pryzbylo of SoonersIllustrated.com also reported that Milton held a 3.94 GPA at the end of his junior year, so SMU’s rigorous academic environment likely appealed to him as well.
What he brings: Shake is not an elite athlete or shooter, but he brings great passing and ball-handling skills. He can play both guard spots as well as play on the wing. He has long arms and uses his length to drive to the hoop effectively or pull up for a short jumper. His shooting can come and go, as he shot just 27% from three during the 2014 EYBL season. But his high free throw percentage shows he has touch.
How he fits: Milton’s length makes him a capable defender on the wing and a good rebounder, but his offensive skills are a slightly better fit for a two guard. He can fill either role in SMU’s offense. He can be a glue guy for SMU while also being a leader on the court. He can be a great four-year player.
SMU’s 2015 class outlook with Milton: Milton is the third member of SMU’s Class of 2015, joining Sedrick Barefield and Jarrey Foster. Because of his versatility, Milton may not be the combo guard SMU has been searching for to pair with Barefield. However, he should still see plenty of minutes at the position. Admon Gilder remains the Mustangs’ top priority at guard, and he would be the guy to pair with Barefield. But Milton is a valuable piece that can play all over and make a difference on both ends of the court.
Shake on SMU: "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."
NCAA comparison: Sterling Brown
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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.