Heading into last weekend’s official visit to Indiana, 2015 Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton said he knew Indiana fans were passionate about Hoosiers basketball. But he had yet to see the full extent of it in person, having taken an unofficial visit to Bloomington during the summer in June.
This past weekend, though, Milton said he got a better understanding of how passionate IU fans truly are. And he left Bloomington on Sunday impressed, saying the visit “went really well.”
“Me and coach (Tom) Crean were walking back from the football game and we were trying to have a conversation but couldn’t because everybody was coming up asking for pictures and saying they can’t wait for the season and stuff like that,” Milton told Inside the Hall on Sunday night. “I like the fact that it’s a real basketball school and people there are really passionate about basketball.”
The 6-foot-4 Milton is the No. 84 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, and took his official visit to Indiana as his final one. During the visit, which was shortened due to his flight being cancelled on Friday from the FAA radar fire in Illinois, Milton was able to see campus, speak with strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson and spend time with this year’s team. Milton also had the chance to play with the team on Saturday, calling the experience “a lot of fun.”
But for Milton, perhaps the most valuable part of his official visit came on Sunday, during a “pretty personal” conversation with Crean.
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.
When class of 2015 forward Juwan Morgan chose to make his college announcement on air Wednesday night via a globally-broadcast YouTube stream, he chose not to advise the Indiana coaching staff of his decision beforehand.
So after he finished his announcement that he will be attending IU next fall, his next step was to get his phone and call Hoosiers coach Tom Crean to inform him of the good news. But when he went to make the call, he saw Crean had already sent a text message congratulating him. As had each member of the IU coaching staff.
“He just said he couldn’t wait to get me on campus and everything,” Morgan told Inside the Hall on Wednesday evening. “All the coaches texted me, actually.
“It feels great finally being committed and everything, especially to as great of a place as Indiana.”
Morgan described Indiana as a “perfect fit” for him, something he knew instantly when he arrived in Bloomington for the first time for an unofficial visit in June. But the Hoosiers had just started recruiting him, and the 6-foot-9 forward admitted he “didn’t think it was” possible he could end up at Indiana. He knew, though, after playing with the team during that visit that he could easily fit into the system.
Class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan committed to Indiana on Wednesday night. Afterward, he addressed the assembled media at his high school.
Here’s a full transcript of the press conference:
Q. Reiterate again some of the factors involved in your decision to select Indiana.
Juwan Morgan: Well first off, academics was always the first thing because I do want to get my degree, but also things such as player development, impact on the court as soon as I get there and kind of the family feeling about the team. Those were some big things for me in the decision.
Q. Talk about your visit to Indiana and how that swayed you to make your final selection.
On Wednesday evening, class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward will announce his college decision in his high school’s gymnasium. The decision is expected to come at approximately 7:23 p.m. EST.
Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:
Forward, 6-9, 220-pounds, Waynesville (Mo.), MoKan Elite
247Composite: 4-star (87); ESPN: 4-star (NR); Rivals: 4-star (105); Scout: 4-star (97)
Offers: Arkansas, California, Creighton, Harvard, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Missouri State, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, Tulsa, UTEP, Wake Forest, Washington, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Official visits: Indiana, Vanderbilt
The primary contenders
While Morgan initially set up visits to Creighton, Indiana, Stanford, Washington and Vanderbilt, the only official visits he made were to Nashville and Bloomington. He spoke very highly of both visits in multiple interviews.
Only a day after finishing his official visit to Indiana, class of 2015 forward Juwan Morgan has confirmed to Inside the Hall he will be announcing his college decision this Wednesday.
The No. 87 prospect in the 2015 class (according to the 247Sports Composite) will be choosing between the Hoosiers and Vanderbilt, a school he took an official visit to in late August. He said the announcement will come at 6:30 p.m. CT at his high school in Waynesville, Missouri.
“I had that feeling about each school that you get when you know it’s the place,” he told Inside the Hall. “I’ll sit with my parents and talk more about it.”
Morgan made the decision to announce this week just hours after returning to Missouri from his official visit to Indiana, which the 6-foot-9 forward called “great.”
Class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan, who had been scheduled to take an official visit to Bloomington later this month, has moved his visit up to this weekend.
MoKan Elite coach Rodney Perry confirmed that change in plans for visit dates in a text message to Inside the Hall. Morgan will also move up his official visit to Washington to the weekend of Sept. 12-14.
The 6-foot-9 Morgan, who is rated the No. 87 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, had planned to make his visit with AAU teammate and friend Shake Milton on the weekend of Sept. 26-28.