Announcement primer: 2015 guard Shake Milton

  • 10/15/2014 8:29 am in

On Wednesday afternoon, class of 2015 Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton will announce his college decision at his high school. The announcement is expected to come at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:

The essentials

Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Owasso (Okla.), MoKan Elite
247Composite: 4-star (84); ESPN: 4-star (71); Rivals: 4-star (66); Scout: 4-star (NR)
Offers: Baylor, Creighton, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Wake Forest, Wichita State
Official visits: Oklahoma, SMU, Indiana

The primary contenders

Milton cancelled a previously scheduled official visit to Illinois, leaving him with a final three of Oklahoma, SMU and Indiana. He will be choosing from the three schools he took official visits to.

· The Indiana recruitment: Indiana got the final official visit from Milton after heavily recruiting him this past summer and getting him on campus for an unofficial visit in June. He took his official visit during the weekend of Sept. 27 and said he enjoyed how much of a basketball school Indiana is.

· The Oklahoma recruitment: The home-state school, Oklahoma is the closest of the three finalists Milton is choosing from. The Sooners were the first official visit Milton took, traveling to Norman on the weekend of Aug. 22.

· The SMU recruitment: The Mustangs have been recruiting Milton quite hard and have travelled to Owasso multiple times recently to show their commitment in their efforts. Milton took his second official visit to SMU on the weekend of Sept. 5, more than a month ago.

The timing

Milton has taken his time in making a decision, as it has been more than two weeks since he finished his last official visit.

As for his upcoming decision, Milton told Inside the Hall it will come down to where “I’m most comfortable and where I can trust the coach to help me reach my goals.”

The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently favors SMU at 43 percent, followed by Oklahoma at 33 percent, Indiana at 17 percent and Baylor at 8 percent.

The fit

· At Indiana: The Hoosiers already have plenty of guard depth, but the Hoosiers hope to add Milton more as a point guard than as a shooting guard. Indiana has pitched the idea of Milton being someone who will get the offense up and down the court quickly and someone who will help in driving to the basket, as well.

· At Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s three starting guards from last season all return this season. And all of them are expected to return for what would be Milton’s freshman season. The Sooners, though, have been recruiting Milton the longest and the lure of staying at home always is an attractive option.

· At SMU: The Mustangs have pitched Larry Brown’s experience in the NBA toward helping Milton to get to that level. He would have an immediate opportunity for playing time in Dallas, as well, a city that Milton said he really likes and enjoys being in. He also has said he has a strong relationship with his recruiter at SMU, K.T. Turner.

How to follow the announcement 

We’ll be following the announcement via various outlets who are expected to be on hand and will have a quick story posted as soon as the announcement is made. Additionally, below is a link to our Twitter account to monitor. If any live streams become available, we’ll post a link to those below.

ITH on Twitter | Jordan Littman on Twitter

In closing, please remember this is the college decision of a high school kid. Please adhere to the comment standards that have been set forth over the past seven years here on Inside the Hall regardless of the outcome.

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  • NateMH

    From what the vibe is, this one isn’t even worth tuning in 2.

  • IUDan

    I really like Shake – great player and seems like a really good kid … Regardless of where he chooses he’s one I’ll keep an eye on …

    Have to admit I’m not feeling it for the Hoosiers … A little crowded in the backcourt for the foreseeable future

  • ForeverIU

    Would love to have Shake! Maybe he’ll have a Blackmon-type last-minute epiphany.

    On another note, does Thomas Bryant opt to stay in his home state, follow one of his coaches to Missouri (I hate it when that happens!), or come to my favorite basketball school in the world: Indiana? Thomas is also big on academics, from what I hear. No better place to be than Btown, so let’s show him some Hoosier love folks.

  • ForeverIU

    Am I also correct in my reading that O.G. can play the guard position? His more natural position, according to him? Not trying to give CTC ideas here, lol.

  • AnonymousDave

    I hope to land this kid too. I know if we do it will leave a fuster cluck of a situation but I love the dudes game. Not overly flashy, just gets the job done. He plays hard both ways and is multidimensional. Personally after Yogi leaves I don’t want to start a freshmen PG, that’s the basketball equivalent of starting a freshmen QB, I don’t like it. As far as his NBA aspirations are concerned, it’s hard to argue with Larry Brown, but this is one of the few areas where I’m 100% confident for letting Crean’s record speak for itself. Crean has helped produce 3 of the best guards in the NBA. One is a future Hall of Famer, another just finished second in rookie of the year voting, and the 3rd is the 3rd best player on a good young team in a stacked Western Confrence (I know Crean didn’t coach Matthews his senior year but still). That’s better than Calipari on the guard level and all those guys were rated 4 stars or lower. He hasn’t done much with pgs so far, but he hasn’t really had a pg with NBA level size or talent. However he does have little Yogi Ferrell looking like an NBA draftable player after only two seasons. Come on kid and put on the Candy Stripes.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Interestingly, there are reports that Thomas Bryant is no longer considering Missouri (there are also reports that the Tigers are still very much in the running, so take that for what it’s worth), leaving IU and Syracuse as his two finalists.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah saw some tweets about that this morning. My gut tells me if it comes down to Syracuse and IU, it’s the Hoosiers baby!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Not point guard but he definitely said that he can play the 2 and that he “prefers” playing on the wing. Either his AAU coach or his high school coach, not sure which, said that he can comfortably play the “2 through the 4”.

    Here’s my thinking on Shake…he looks like a really good prospect and I think he would be a good player at IU. However, I don’t see a fit for him UNLESS Yogi leaves for the NBA after this season (which I don’t see happening). So, assuming Yogi stays, I don’t see Shake playing ahead of Yogi, Blackmon Jr., Robinson, Johnson and possibly a senior Nick Zeisloft. I’d love to have room for him and Morgan and OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant and all of our current players because I like all these guys but, as we all know, that’s just not realistic.

  • CreamandCrimson

    My gut isn’t speaking to me so we’ll go with what your’s is saying…hope you are right!

  • AnonymousDave

    Brain fart, maybe not completely better than Cal, but certainly competing. I always forget about Wall for some reason, I was thinking Bledsoe, Rose, and Evans

  • ForeverIU

    I agree with everything you said, except that I think that Yogi has a good chance of leaving after this year, especially if he has the credits to graduate. I’m thinking an extra year will not boost his NBA chances much (if part of his problem is size). So, if he has the credits to graduate, he will be better off even playing overseas than stay. Would love to have him the extra year though, don’t get me wrong.

  • ForeverIU

    Why did I know you’d say something like that, lol? You keep me in check C&C!

  • ForeverIU

    It’s okay, your brain is farting in the right direction!

  • CreamandCrimson

    You could be right about that. I really have no reason to think that he’ll be around for his senior season other than that I think it could be a special season (with him as a major player in it) and that he would want to be a part of it.

    Obviously, money could talk and if he graduates and chooses to begin playing professionally, I will completely understand his choice. For now, I’ll just hope tears it up this year and makes this season a special one.

  • ForeverIU

    Whoa! The (very early) beginnings of a Thomas Bryant trend for guess who on 247? The Hoosiers! Sorry, not to take away from the Shake announcement, but can’t help it.

  • IUBizmark

    I have to think if Yogi leaves that’s a poor reflection on Crean. You have to be able to get, develop and retain talent as a coach. If guys want to leave once they get good, that doesn’t say much for the coaching. You have Calipari getting guys to stay 2 even 3 years who could be drafted and Crean’s guys bolt the first chance they get? I’m not okay with that.

  • AnonymousDave

    Yea I don’t look at it that way at all. It’s all about opportunity and money now of days. If Yogi comes in and improves what he needs to and becomes a 1st round prospect I don’t think another year will benefit him much no matter who is the coach. He’d be losing out on a years pay, runs the risk of injury and possibly lowering his stock. People like the Harrison’s could have gone early but there is still plenty room for improvement for them and they both have the potential to be lottery picks which would give them much better money than if they would have entered this past draft.

  • AnonymousDave

    With the way things are going I’m gonna assume someone leaves early for the NBA. With the strength of this team being the back court I’d put my money on a guard. Even if it isn’t a guard his buddy Morgan just committed and he is going to have a similar battle for minutes as a freshmen and possibly a sophomore. Although were thin up front, the players we do have there two of them (Holt and Davis) offer many of the same things Morgan does and will be more experienced and much stronger.

  • ForeverIU

    I agree with you, but I’m just saying if he graduates in three years, like Victor.

  • IUBizmark

    I respect your stance.
    It’s not ALL about money though, otherwise you wouldn’t have guys stay extra years…ever. The Harrisons and Willie Cauley-Stein is another example.
    I do agree with what you’re saying, I just think that once in a while we should be able to convince a guy to stay instead of bolting.

  • AnonymousDave

    Yeah that’d be nice. I really really hope we can keep Yogi all four years. Dollars bills are extremely hard to argue with though and even if these kids are legally adults they still make silly decisions all the time. Cauley-Stein is another player with a terrific amount of room for growth. He was looking at being picked betwen 15 or 20th if my memory is correct. If he continue to grow offensively, adds more muscle, and beats out players like Townes Jr for the majority of minutes at the 5 then you’re looking at least at a top 10 pick in a NBA very thin on big men. Even with players who have lots of room for improvement I think most will look at the failure of Macadoo, who had a great coach, before they look as possible success’ in Cauley-Stein. Having good chances of winning a championship also has a lot to with it. I don’t know if Yogi will have that opportunity his senior although I certainly hope so.

    Finally if he does go pro early I think it’s a good reflection on Crean recruitment wise. Who would have thought coming in as a freshmen little 160 lb Yogi Ferrell would go pro early. That’s appealing to almost every recruit.

  • Ole Man

    Too many burritos?

  • IUBizmark

    Hard to argue with the points you make. Let me pick around the fringe…
    I wouldn’t blame Yogi for going pro given his size he should jump on the chance. And yes, it would be another feather in Crean’s cap to take someone who wasn’t predicted to go pro and turn them pro. My question becomes, what does IU get out of it besides one superstar year (thinking Oladipo)? IU shouldn’t be a stepping stone, it should be a destination. We’re helping to make millionaires out of these guys and they should be willing to help us (and themselves) win championships.
    I don’t really care how many pros IU cranks out, I care how many successful seasons we have. I admit creating pros begets championships, but that hasn’t been the case much for IU. Soooo, something needs to be tweaked.

  • Oldguyy

    Forgotten about Zeller already? Short memory.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Shake, right now, is more SG than PG. He has a much better shot at the nba as a PG. the prospect of playing combo guard and backup point, as a freshman, while learning from Yogi… And then taking over as starting point as sophomore sounds like a good pitch to me.

  • Zach

    Don’t have a great feeling about this one. Would love to have him but my attention is on Bryant now

  • AnonymousDave

    Agreed 100%. If Crean turns out 20 Hall of Famers but hangs no banners I will consider his time here a failure. I’m personally a huge supporter of his but banners are what I, and everyone else, want. I think he is on the right track even with a disappointing season last year. I don’t think over emphasizing player development was the problem last year so much as being to one dimensional. Crean is huge on having players who are very multidimensional so this had to hamper his coaching a bit and I think he is recruiting hard to make sure it never happens again.

    After losing so much from Zeller’s team and busting on the “movement” it was kind of like starting from scratch again. Signing the “movement” was a favor I think Crean tried to do for IU fans like myself who want to see as many Indiana kids as possible in an IU jersey. That’s a mistake he won’t ever make again, especially now that his recruiting boarders have grown to the point where he doesn’t have to and can solely recruit players for fit.

    I think what he is doing recruiting wise right now allows for the greatest possibility of sustained success in his system than if he were to rely on mere 5 star players every year. It’s hard to wrap your mind around and even harder to believe in, but it could yield big time results. He is selling his uptempo/unorthodox system and its products (Oladipo) to high ceiling, high motor, but lowly recruited players. Telling them if you come in and work your tail off I will get you to where you wanna be. Starting next year you will see these guys like Anunoby coming in and sitting as freshmen behind a potential superstar like Troy. Some may be role players but a lot will sit and grow their skills as freshmen. When a player like Troy leaves early then the next guy is up to bat. If he takes on three projects at a time then his talent as a fundamentals coach should yield at least one homerun and maybe the other two develop into solid experienced role players. It’s kind of like what Self did with redshirting players like Mclemore except on a much larger spectrum.

    Add that with a proven 5 star here, a key transfer there, and I think you should be well suited for sustained success. You repeat that success enough and eventually it should get us a banner or two. Now I may be out of my mind but I think it can work

  • IUBizmark

    Totally agree on your assessment of last year and The Movement. Also agree with your assessment and projection for Crean’s recruiting. I think it’s good to have some guys sitting and developing, much like Izzo does at MSU. You mix in those 5 stars and transfers and you’re in the sweet spot.
    I think it’ll work. The question is, does IU have the patience to allow it to work. I think Crean currently has this season and next to prove it. Getting Thomas Bryant would be a huge plus for us. Otherwise, it’s going to be tough to make this strategy work over the next season simply because we won’t have the front court size AND depth to compete the whole year.

  • IUBizmark

    Aaaaand it’s now gone.

  • AnonymousDave

    Absolutely a lot of fans are already starting to grow impatient and I can’t blame them too much. Unless we really surprise this year, then getting a player like Bryant will be absolutely essential. I have faith in our guys but being undersized and a likely constant target I don’t know if Hanner can bang for 30 or so minutes a game. April isn’t ready and I don’t think only one year will change that fact much. The walking boot certainly isn’t promising. A lot of people are talking about Holt sprouting another inch or two, I wouldn’t bank on it. If he does then great maybe he can bail Crean out if he doesn’t get someone like Bryant, otherwise we could be in for trouble.

  • ForeverIU

    Oh man, you had to jinx it, lol.

  • IUBizmark

    They were listening and decided to crush our hopes.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Good call.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    You could see this one going to SMU when his tweet regarding his upcoming announcement contained a #PonyUp in the tweet itself!

    At least that’s what I read into it.