Juwan Morgan commitment could affect Shake Milton decision

  • 09/11/2014 11:10 am in

Throughout this past AAU season while playing for MoKan Elite, new Indiana commit Juwan Morgan forged a bond with teammate Shake Milton, both on and off the court.

Even though it was their first season playing together, Morgan noted, it felt like “we had 10 years of chemistry behind us.”

“Just the way he’s able to find and make passes that you wouldn’t even believe,” Morgan said. “Like coming off the screen and the ball is almost waiting for you when you turn around because he puts so much spin and everything on the ball. It’s crazy.”

Indiana also is heavily recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard Milton, rated the No. 80 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Composite.

The Owasso, Oklahoma, native will take his last official visit to Indiana beginning Sept. 26. And on Wednesday night, Morgan said he is hopeful his AAU teammate will join him in college.

“I feel like there’s a good chance that he could be coming,” Morgan said. “But I’m not going to pressure him into going to Indiana. Yeah, it’d be great to have him there with me, but I’ll respect where ever he goes.”

Milton recently completed an official visit to SMU and also is considering Oklahoma, which is a two-hour drive from his home in the Tulsa suburbs. He recently cancelled a previously scheduled official visit to Illinois, which would have taken place after his official visit to Indiana.

This past June, Milton took his first unofficial visit to Indiana and has considered the Hoosiers one of his leaders ever since.

“I knew it was a basketball tradition (type of) town,” he said at the time. “But when I got here on campus, I could actually see it in person. It was crazy. The facilities were really nice.”

When it comes down to his eventual decision, even MoKan Elite coach Rodney Perry said having Morgan at Indiana could affect Milton’s college choice.

But Perry said he won’t let it be a driving factor in Milton’s commitment.

“I’m quite sure now that Juwan is going to be one of Shake’s biggest recruiters to try to get him,” Perry said. “But the thing that I told Shake is you have to go to the school that’s best for you. What you need to look at, rather than hey, I’ve got one of my teammates going there, because that’s not always the best thing.

“It’s just a matter of making sure it’s a great fit for him. That IU visit will be his last visit, as well.”

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  • plane1972

    Given the depth we have at the guard position, I really think a player like Shake would be a nice fit. Come in and get some time to develop without stealing too many minutes from Stan and RJ, but be primed for a significant role his sophomore year. He would have to be a pretty mature kid to accept that kind of role. A recruiting class of Morgan and Milton would great, imo.

  • Gregory Spera

    Shake would be great, don’t get me wrong, but just wish he played point guard. As you mention, Yogi isn’t gonna be here forever.

  • VAHoosier

    I assume RJ will step into the starting PG role after Yogi is gone. Handling the ball in spots might be a good way for Shake to get some minutes, but I don’t think he necessarily needs to be recruited as a PG.

  • whomikewho

    He does play the point

  • ForeverIU

    I wouldn’t put much into the friendship/teammate factor. Remember Robert Johnson and his friend Devin Robinson? Would love to have Shake. Trending SMU on 247, but let’s go after him.

  • whomikewho

    Hopefully not the way Verdel did though. We need athletes.

  • Outoftheloop

    I am sure that having Juwan committed to IU will help. But in the end, Shake has to “feel” that going to Indiana is the perfect choice “for him”. It is up to the IU fans, coaches and current players to help Shake get this feeling! I am very hopeful!

  • Outoftheloop

    In case you missed it, Verdel is still playing profesionally! He is making more money than you are making in whatever job you are pursuing, but he is a “professional athlete” even though you don’t think that he is “athletic”!

  • Miamihoosier

    With the higher ranked guys we already have, i think it would be really tough to get a 5 star guard to commit in 2015..,,that being said, a guy in the 70-100 range is best case scenario. Id be thrilled to get a guy like Shake…As a junior and senior, he’ll be just as good or better than the 5 star freshman (especially with crean’s guard development

  • Bryce Kepner

    Yes he is still playing professionally somewhere, but there were so many times in his career here at IU that it was really painful to watch. I think he holds the record for dribbling the ball off his leg and out of bounds haha

  • And One

    I like that we’re his last visit. I also like his name.
    With Shake joining Yogi, we could start building an all-name team. I hear the staff is coming hard after Hustler, Preacher, and Swish.

  • SCHoosier

    The “M&M boys” would be a nice get for the Hoosiers. Shake is a point guard..can shoot the three..get to the and about anything else you want from a point guard.

  • Brian Stewart

    VJIII was ranked 127th overall in 2008 when he came to Indiana as a freshman. Milton is already at #80 with a senior season yet to be played!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Man, I had forgotten about Devin Robinson until just now… Thanks man! That really would have been a nice combo this season though.

  • Candy Striped Kid

    you leave verdel out of this 😀

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I remember being like, “We don’t really need Devin Robinson. We’ve got Noah, Hanner, Luke, and maybe even Peter and Devin Davis. Our front court depth is fine!”

  • whomikewho

    Lol thanks for that. Must be really partial to VJIII. It’s cute. But Verdel, like Byrce Kepner stated below, was extremely hard to watch in his career at IU. Plain and simple. You can continue to get your panties all in a bunch about it for all I care. It’s just my opinion.

  • Shaggy_C

    While it might have some impact, I don’t think having a former teammate on the team with you is necessarily a selling point in terms of your on the court prospects. You have to think it would be very seldom that this duo would be on the floor together up until their upperclass years, and who’s to say some 5-star doesn’t come in and take one of their positions? I would think the impact would be much bigger off the court – if they
    were really good friends and could be roommates during freshman year,
    etc.

    These kids should absolutely make the decision that is in their own best interest, and if that happens to be IU for Shake, more power to him!

    So how do these oversign situations work? Will at some point Crean revoke all of the outstanding scholarship offers once he feels he has too many coming in for 2015 already?

  • Benhyoung14

    One day after the Morgan commitment and he cancels a visit. The writing’s on the wall.

  • ForeverIU

    So Shake cancels his Illinois visit (poor Illinois, they lost Brunson to Villanova too). So now it’s between SMU and IU for Shake? If we get him, Illinois is gonna be mad.

  • SCHoosier

    Guess that’s why TC uses all his scholarships and “never stops recruiting.”??

  • SCHoosier

    VJ had no help..Shake will have a roster full.

  • Alford Bailey

    Oh man, I want to use that “Shake and Bake” til ITH is sick of it!

  • Alford Bailey

    Kenny Williams and Shake Milton were two guys I was really high on. Didn’t land Kenny but maybe we can hook Shake.

  • Pinehurst

    9th all time in assists and 23rd all time scorer at IU. This is not being cute, these are facts. One of my all time favorites for coming to IU when few would with the sanctions and I will never forget the terrible injury. THANKS VERDEL !!!l

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    He doesn’t seem like “the” most athletic or explosive kid, but one thing I do like is he looks as strong with his left hand as he does with his right. He seems to keep the ball low on the dribble and is creative. I’m gonna hold off on saying whether I’d “love” to see him at IU or not. I just can’t tell from the videos you see online.

  • Bryce Kepner

    His legs didn’t help him either. hahah

  • Bryce Kepner

    Don’t forget 1st all time in dribbling the ball off his leg and out of bounds. Hollowell is 2nd all time on that list haha

  • ForeverIU

    Shake on baker man!

  • whomikewho

    Just my opinion. He was a 4 year starter so with the amount of time he saw on the court he should have those numbers..I lost my voice yelling at the TV multiple times because of him. Just saying. (Please don’t say, “At least he was playing and not on the couch”. Let’s not forget you watch from your couch)

    Yes. He did come in a desperate time for IU ball and a desperate time for us fans. Doesn’t change the fact is stressed the hell out of me.

  • Let it go. Verdell was the least of the problems of those Indiana teams.

  • Pinehurst

    Wow, a 4 year starter at IU what an accomplishment. I know you were stressed but imagine playing at Assembly Hall, that’s stress. Thanks Verdel!

  • ForeverIU

    And the new ESPN 100 has him at 70.

  • ???? ???????

    It’s nice and all we could get a second 4 star player to go with Morgan but we need at least one 5 star player for 2015 in case both Yogi and Blackmon are gone at the end of the season. If we don’t then we won’t have any 5 star prospects entering the 2015 season. Hell we haven’t went without a 5 star recruit since the 2010 season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I hate when guys get injured (even if it ends up helping our Hoosiers). I don’t know what their PG depth is like but losing Abrams is a blow for them and I would say they slide behind IU in whatever “preseason power rankings” are yet to be written.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah, it’s sad, I’ll never gloat about our foes’ injuries. I’d rather beat them with their full squad, lol. Heaven protect us from injury!

  • ForeverIU

    Alford, what’s your Shake take? Have you seen him play?

  • Outoftheloop

    Wasn’t that the year of Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey? I LIKED those recruits as well as any recruiting class under Crean!

  • Outoftheloop

    We can hope so!

  • Outoftheloop

    We have “Swish”, aka Tim Priller!

  • yimyames

    He cancelled to take an unofficial back to Oklahoma this weekend, I’d say they are right at the top. He’s already been there on an official.

  • ForeverIU

    Interesting, thanks. I was wondering where his other offers stood.

  • marcusgresham

    …and Crean is “Preacher”

  • marcusgresham

    At the very least he decided he didn’t want to have to play AGAINST Morgan.

  • marcusgresham

    Fingers still crossed for Thon Maker.