Indiana offers class of 2015 guard Shake Milton

  • 06/02/2014 2:41 pm in

Indiana continues to aggressively recruit for the class of 2015 and on Monday, the Hoosiers extended a scholarship offer to Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton.

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Milton is unranked in the 247Composite, but put together a big spring playing for MoKan Elite in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).

In 16 EYBL games, Milton is averaging 11.6 points — on 50 percent shooting from the field — to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Perhaps even more impressive is his assist-to-turnover rate, which is better than 2-to-1 in EYBL play.

According to his 247Sports profile, Milton also has offers from Creighton, Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A & M, Tulsa and Wake Forest.

At the final EYBL session in Eagan, Minnesota, Milton told reporters that he was being recruited the hardest by Baylor, Indiana and Oklahoma.

As a junior at Owasso, Milton was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma. He averaged 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game and shot 63 percent on 2s and 88 percent from the free throw line.

Milton led the Rams to a 21-6 record and was also a first team all-state selection.

Indiana is also recruiting Milton’s AAU teammate with MoKan Elite, Juwan Morgan, a 6-foot-9, 220 pound power forward.

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  • kyle jenkins

    Kid can ball! Very long arms!

  • PocketHoosier

    He seems to have some pretty solid finishing ability around the rim and a good full speed pull up jumper. I’m also really partial to guys who can fluidly move into a shooting motion straight out of a crossover. You can never tell how consistent of a shot he has from a highlight reel because you’re only going to see him at his best, but in the shots I see, he seems to have a pretty smooth jumper with good range.

    Lots to like.

  • Dagwoods

    Goes to show how much rankings mean.

  • unranked? what’s the catch?

  • SCHoosier

    Big..good with both not afraid to take it to the hole.Lot of good kid in IU’s radar.

  • PocketHoosier

    It’s really strange. Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year as a Junior and first team All-State. You’d think that would easily get him on the radar of the recruiting bureaus, but whatevs. I don’t really care what his recruiting rank is, I care what he can do with a basketball. Recruiting rankings are overblown, anyway. The biggest thing that matters is something that cannot be measured by recruiting agencies; ambition.

  • Gregory Spera

    Gotta love a quick guard named “Shake.”

  • marcusgresham

    I found it a little odd that he’s a 6’4 guard and there was only one dunk in the highlights. Usually that’s all you see in these things. He did seem to get to the rim pretty well, but I wonder if the knock is on athleticism.

  • CreanFaithful

    That would be my guess. I watched a few other videos on him and there were no dunks. However, he uses both ands and his body remarkably well. Seems to have some good length in his arms and a nice mid rang game. Assuming he has enough athleticism to keep his man in front of him on defense, I think this is a great offer.

  • I really do not think that’d be the case. Athleticism is far more than ability to dunk. When you see him move around other layers and hang in the air while changing several times the shot he is actually going to take.. now that is athleticism. He dunked easily the one time he did, I was very impressed with his athleticism.. weren’t you?

  • HoosierGrampy

    After watching this highlight footage, thoughts of a young baller named Keith Smart came to mind…graceful, good form on jumpers, ability to finish in traffic with either hand, pass in a crowd, good hops–maybe not spectacular but he’s only 17, and I liked his willingness to take the 12-17 ft shot instead of camping out behind the 3-pt line and jacking it up.

  • “Athleticism is far more than ability to dunk.”… if a 6’4” human being does not have the ability to jump high enough to dunk, he is objectively less athletic than another person at the same height who can dunk with ease. This is obviously not the case here since Shake does in fact have the ability to dunk. I didn’t need to see him dunk 20 times to make me a believer. If he jumps high enough to throw it down with authority just one time, then I have confidence that he has enough ability to play above the rim. Having said that, I can’t get this video to load on any of my browsers.

  • Ole Man

    Another guard? I think Crean wants to go with a five guard offense in ’15. Personally, getting a little tired of all these offers to “unranked”, unneeded players.

  • marcusgresham

    I thought he seemed to get up easily enough on that one dunk, but there were others where I thought he could have dunked it and didn’t.
    As for the hanging in the air and scooping, that does show athleticism, but I don’t know how often that shot will translate to college.
    I don’t mean to sound like I’m bad-mouthing the kid because I’m not. It’s just someone questioned why he wasn’t ranked and I was throwing out possibilities based on the small sample of his play that I saw in that video.
    I do like his size, he seemed to have a good shot, and he got in the lane so there’s something there.

  • marcusgresham

    There was never any question about Keith Smart’s ability to get up high enough to dunk, that’s for sure.

  • I agree with you.. I don’t need you see a dunk, every time a player gets close enough to the basket to dunk… In fact some of those hanging in the air, switching shots in mid air, are more fun and clever than a dunk every single time. I also agree with Marcus .. I suppose I suppose that could be one reason for his non rating.. but if it is, it is totally off base. I think the kid shows plenty of athleticism in that video/ Not sure why you’re having trouble loading that but it’s a pretty good video, so I hope you get iit figured out. It’s worth a look, for sure.

  • Bled4IU

    After reading some posts, i decided to watch the video. After watching, i’m trying to figure out why the question of his athleticism even came up in conversation? Only had to watch the first minute to notice the kid is very athletic! I could probably say that every kid that is playing in the EYBL is athletic, some may be more athletic than others, but they all are athletic to some degree or they wouldn’t be playing at this level of competition.

  • Hoosier Pride

    I tend to agree, however I would much rather take a chance on an unranked 6-4 guard than an unranked big man. Have the depth to offset a guard but not a big,

  • marcusgresham

    I think I’d prefer to take a shot at a big guy as a project. There are tons of guards (go watch a higher-level D-II team,) but you can’t teach a guy to be 6’10”. It also generally takes a taller kid longer to overcome coordination issues.

  • Hoosier Pride

    Jurkin, Jobe, Bawa… ill take a guard! May not be the case in a different offense but we are stuck ( good or bad) with the O that we run. Crean and his staff has developed many kids at different positions so either way I back crean and his decision. This kid is not oozing with athleticism, he can get to the basket and has a strong crossover like stan.

  • marcusgresham

    Dikembe Mutombo, Hasheem Thabeet, Mark Eaton, Manute Bol, Kevin Duckworth

  • Hoosier Pride

    havent been too successful into turning projects into the likes of some of the best shot blockers to ever play the game.

  • MPmike B

    Guyton was more of a jump shooter specialist than a slasher, but I can see some of the comparison on the way the two drive the lane. Milton looks like he can create more inside with a really soft touch.

  • Tcuomo

    For what it’s worth, ESPN just updated the 2015 Top 100 today. I know Alex and them like to use the 247 Composite, but as of today, according to ESPN, Shaker is a 4 star ranked 67th overall and 23rd at his position. So it doesn’t seem to me that this kid is a project as much as the rankings need updated. Remember how high ROJO climbed the rankings before it was all said and done?