Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 13 ppg, 4.5 apg, 42.3% 3PT
Why They Are Here
Milton was the third, maybe even the fourth best player on the 2016-17 SMU squad that was vastly underrated in the national scope (yeah, I know they lost in the first round of the tournament, they were still awesome), yet he was still able to show off his talent and value for the Mustangs. Milton played well off the ball as a freshman, but developed as a point guard this past season, aided by numerous weapons to dish it out to. Despite not being the first scoring option, Shake was extremely efficient at scoring the ball, whether from behind the arc or in the mid-range.
Role on This Year’s Team
Milton is now the veteran leader for SMU, as Sterling Brown, Semi Ojeleye and Ben Moore all departed after last season. Therefore, the Mustang’s success will largely be put on Milton’s shoulders. Based on talent and athleticism alone, he should handle it in stride. When the ‘Stangs need a bucket in crunch time, Milton can use his frame against smaller defenders to create space and knock down a jumper or bully them into the paint and score. He’ll also continue to run the team from the point, looking to improve as a pure point guard.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Much like his teammate Ojeleye, Milton will likely be a fringe first rounder if he chooses to enter the 2018 draft. There’s a lot of value there, however, as he has potential to continue to develop as a point guard while also maintaining his NBA-caliber size and athleticism. Milton is also uniquely valuable in the pick and roll, athletic enough to finish on his own as well as big enough to see the court over smaller defenders. What he does lack on offense is explosiveness. On the other end of the court, Milton can play athletic defense, long enough to stay in front of his man and fill passing lanes (dude has a 6’7 wingspan), but is lacking a bit of toughness. Overall, though, Milton should be a valuable NBA player whenever he chooses to enter the draft.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.
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