For those who follow Texas Tech basketball the news that Northwest Florida State College’s Shadell Millinghaus had signed with the Red Raiders was a bolt from the blue.
But that obscurity is a recurrent theme in Millinghaus’ background. He has traveled from one place to the next as a basketball gun for hire so much that he never had the chance to build a reputation.
Millinghaus was born in Brooklyn, New York (following Geoff Huston and Jamal Williams, Millinghaus will be the third Brooklyn native to hoop at Tech), played high school basketball in Schenectady and Troy, New York, then played prep ball at Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina and Believe Prep in Rock Hill, South Carolina. From Believe Prep Millinghaus signed at Southern Miss where he played under former Texas Tech assistant coach Doc Sadler.
Millinghaus was a Prop 48 casualty and did not play as a freshman. As a sophomore Millinghaus was embroiled in a play-for-pay scandal, and missed 11 games of the season as he considered transferring to Southeast Louisiana where his brother Derrick was playing. But the elder Millinghaus washed out of SELA and Shadell decided to return to Southern Miss.
But only for that season.
His next stop was Northwest Florida State where he did enough to catch Chris Beard’s eye and earn a scholarship offer, which he accepted.
Wherever Millinghaus has played long enough to establish a statistical record, he has put up good numbers. At Believe Prep Millinghaus averaged 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists per game.
At Southern Miss, Millinghaus started six games, averaged seven points and two rebounds per contest, while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 46 percent from 3-point range. He led the Golden Eagles in scoring thrice that season, and had games of 17 points, six rebounds and four assists against UTEP, and 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Louisiana Tech. That 81-percent shooting night was a Southern Miss school record at the time.
At Northwest Florida State Millinghaus averaged 17 points and five rebounds per contest, while shooting 48 percent from the floor, 31 percent from distance, and 71 percent from the charity stripe. He also had 59 assists, 51 steals, and 71 turnovers.
The available evidence, which includes scraps of video, suggests that Millinghaus is a shooting guard rather than a point guard, and that he is a scorer rather than a shooter. Millinghaus, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, has phenomenal ups, and is very strong and physical. It also appears that he has some hot dog in his game, but a bout of discipline Beard style should serve to mold him into a serious player.
At this point Millinghaus looks to be an instant-offense player who will spark the team coming off the bench. He joins Auburndale (Fla.) point guard and junior college All-American Niem Stevenson in the Red Raiders' 2016 signing class.