Matt Visinsky

SMU Player Profile: sophomore guard Shake Milton

Hatts profiles SMU sophomore guard Shake Milton, who is poised for a huge season as he takes over for Nic Moore at point guard.

Position: Guard
Size: 6-6, 205
Year: Sophomore
High School: Owasso HS
Hometown: Owasso, Okla. 


Milton was highly regarded coming out of Oklahoma as Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year his junior and senior year. After the way he has begun his time on the Hilltop, it’s easy to see why. Milton averaged over 29 points and four assists his senior year at Owasso High School. The four-star guard picked SMU over Oklahoma and Indiana. 

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2015-2016 Recap 

Milton was very solid for SMU in his first year on the Hilltop moving into the starting lineup in mid-December and not looking back after that. Milton provided the Mustangs with some much needed shooting including going 7 for 8 against Tulsa in his first game back in the state. Milton finished averaging over 10 points per game, while shooting over 47 percent from the field playing both point guard and the wing. Milton certainly slowed down late in the year after being asked to play over 32 minutes per game, and was a little indecisive at times. This is however, part of learning as a freshman and with the way he’s looked this summer, the sophomore guard appears to be getting better and better. 

Grade: A-

2016-2017 Outlook 

Milton had the luxury last season of playing alongside Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy for much of the season, but this year a lot more will be asked of Milton with those two departing. Milton will take over the point guard spot from Moore and with that becomes one of the leaders of this team. From all indications, he has got even better from last season and just how much will go a long way towards determining how SMU does. Milton needs to continue shooting the ball well, but also distribute the ball more with Sterling Brown, Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye there to provide a scoring punch for the Mustangs. Finally, Milton just has to continue bringing that composure and consistency that was so impressive last season. If he can do that, it will certainly soften the blow of losing a player like Nic Moore. 

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