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SMU Hoops Player Profile: Shake Milton

Billy profiles SMU freshman guard Shake Milton in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.

Shake Milton Player Profile
Position: Guard
Year: 
Freshman
Size: 6-5, 195
Hometown: Owasso, Okla.
High School: Owasso HS

Recruitment: Milton was one of the most sought after players in Oklahoma this class and was Oklahoma's Gatorade Player of the Year in his junior and senior years. Milton averaged over 29 points in his senior year while putting Owasso on his back to lead them to the State Quarterfinals. The MOKAN Elite star picked SMU over Oklahoma and Indiana. Milton was ranked as a 4-star guard by Scout.com.

Scouting Report

Milton was described to me as "Mudiay-lite" at one point by multiple people and for good reason. Milton doesn't have that all-world athleticism that Mudiay has, but he's got the length and plays in a similar way. One area Milton might be better is shooting. His jumpshot needs a little more consistency, but that can be said for all freshmen. Milton will bring length and physicality at the guard position like Ryan Manuel did, but has better handles to be a point guard. Milton isn't the true point guard that Sedrick Barefield is, which is great for SMU as they can move Milton around from the 1 to the 3. 

2015-16 Outlook

With Ben Emelogu's season-ending injury, Milton's role just got a little bit bigger. I expect Keith Frazier to start at guard next to Nic Moore with Sterling at the three, but Milton will get an opportunity to earn plenty of minutes spelling Nic Moore with Sedrick Barefield and also getting time when Frazier comes out. The staff has been very impressed with Milton so if Frazier doesn't step on defense, Milton might be quick to take more minutes from him. It's not unreasonable to think Milton could star in the sixth man role for this team at least until Semi Ojeleye is eligible. He'll bring a perimeter scoring threat to the court when Brown or Frazier are not out there. Milton will also bring an edge rebounding and defensively for the team that Larry Brown always covets. 


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