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Shake Milton NBA Draft Breakdown

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Age: 21

Position: Guard

College: SMU

 

Measurables

Height w/ Shoes: 6’5.5”

Height w/o Shoes: 6’4.5”

Weight: 207

Wingspan: 7’0.75”

Standing Reach: 8’3.5”

Max Vertical: 33.0”

 

College Statistics (2017/2018)

MPG: 36.4

PPG: 18.0

RPG: 4.7

ASTPG: 4.4

BLKPG: 0.6

FT%: 84.7%

2-PT FG%: 46.2%

3-PT FG%: 43.4%

 

Comparisons: George Hill, Caris LeVert, Delon Wright

 

3 Things to Know

  1. Very versatile player
  2. Smooth on offense with good range
  3. Will need to improve defensive toughness and awareness

 

Strengths

  • Good range in spot-up situations
  • Physique and measurements allow him to play multiple positions (1,2, or 3)
  • An excellent threat out of the pick and roll. His effective floater allows him to be a threat from a distance as well as at the rim
  • Long arms and wingspan give him great defensive potential in:
    • The ability to guard multiple positions
    • Disruptive in off the ball and help situations

 

Weaknesses

  • Lacks a second gear or the quickness to create separation with the ball
  • Needs to improve his offensive game with the ball. He’s a much better threat off the ball in spot-ups as opposed to off the dribble
  • Needs to improve his defensive awareness in help situations off the ball
  • Improving his physicality on the defense

 

Summary

Shake Milton is an interesting guard prospect from Owasso, Oklahoma. A 4 star recruit and ranked 79th in the country on ESPN’s top 100 high school prospects, Shake chose to play his college ball at Southern Methodist University over the past 3 seasons. Milton has seen dramatic improvement during his time at SMU raising his PPG from 10.5 his freshman year to 18.0 his junior year, and a 12% rise in his free throw percentage moving from 72% to 84% his junior year. Shake turned into SMU’s primary scoring option last year where he flashed good range, which allowed him to be a huge weapon out of pick and roll situations. His range allowed him to be a pop threat from a distance while he also showcased a good floater and the ability to attack the rim out of the pick and roll. His physical gifts and measurements give him a lot of offensive versatility as he has the potential to play either the 1, 2, or 3. However, while Shake proved a lot on the offensive end this year, he still has some question marks around his ability to create with the ball. He lacks the quickness to create separation and space with the ball and has proved that he’s much better in spot-up situations than creating off the dribble. On the defensive end, Shake has great defensive potential thanks to his tools and measurements that allow him to guard multiple positions and be disruptive in help situations thanks to his wingspan. Yet there are times when he gets caught ball watching and will need to improve his focus and awareness in help situations. He’ll also benefit from adding some weight in order to help him stand his ground and improve his physicality on defense in order to hold his ground against some of the stronger and more aggressive guards and wings.

Look for Milton to be selected anywhere from the late first round to the middle of the second round.

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