Shake talks SMU commitment

Shake Milton became SMU's 3rd commit for the 2015 hoops class today. Milton talked with Billy about his decision!

SMU's third commitment for the class of 2015 came from Oklahoma as 4-star guard Shake Milton made it official today.

"It definitely feels good. I feel like I have a weight off my shoulders," Milton said. "I'm ready to just get back to the simple things: Playing ball and going to school. I can't wait to get there."

The next step, calling the SMU coaching staff. As of 4 p.m., Milton had yet to talk with coach Brown and the staff.

"I haven't yet, but I'm about to call them," Milton said.

In the end, it was the relationship Milton had made with Brown and SMU assistant K.T. Turner.

"Really just, the relationship I have with coach Brown and coach Turner," Milton said. "I feel like coach Brown can really help me with the goals I have after playing basketball. I want to be in the office of an NBA team and I feel like coach Brown can help me get there."

Brown has had a history of developing point guards and at the next level, Brown will be tutoring both Milton and Sedrick Barefield.

"I have dreams of playing in the NBA, and I feel like if I play in the NBA, I have to be a point guard," Milton said. "With my size, length and vision I feel like I can go to SMU and coach Brown will help me out a lot."

Brown's experience was a key factor and forget any questions about his age.

"Coach Brown might be old, but he's a legend," the 6-4, 190-pound guard said. I'm just excited to get in there and learn from him. I knew I could come in there, and if not anything, learn from him and his experience and stuff like that. That definitely played a part."

Another part and probably most important part of the equation was Milton's relationship with Turner.

"Our stories are really similar. Our family background is really similar," Milton said. "I feel like he would take care of me when I got there."

Brown and company will be charged with putting Milton in the best position to succeed and he trusts them with that.

"Just the feeling that coach Brown will put me in a position to achieve all the goals I want to achieve. At the end of the day, it seemed like the right fit."

Just how close was it to being Oklahoma or Indiana? All the schools we're right there.

"It was definitely a close pick. I have a really close relationship with coach Kruger and coach Crutchfield as well," Milton said. "It really just came down to the relationship that I'd built with SMU and the way that the program was going too."

Most importantly, Mom is happy.

"She loves it. She loves the city of Dallas. Her best friend actually lives in Dallas. She was OK with it."

Milton plans to visit this season for one of SMU's games at Moody.

Shake Milton’s Mixtape

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.


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