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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Blue Coats Guard Shake Milton

By Jake Winderman | July 26, 2018

Player: Shake Milton

College: SMU (2015-2018)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 207 pounds

NBA Team/G League Affiliate: Philadelphia 76ers/Delaware Blue Coats

College Breakdown: Shake Milton spent his three collegiate seasons at Southern Methodist University playing under head coach Tim Jankovich before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft following his junior campaign. Milton was selected with the 54th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Oklahoma-native had a breakout year during the 2017-2018 NCAA season, posting career-highs in points (18 PPG), rebounds (4.7 RPG) and steals (1.4 SPG). Milton was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team after his junior year and helped guide the Mustangs to an NCAA Tournament birth during the 2016-2017 season. Milton shot above 42 percent from beyond the arc during all three of his seasons with SMU and ranks 6th on the AAC’s all-time 3-pointers made list. His career average of 34.7 minutes per game stands as an American Athletic Conference record.

Scouting Report: Milton’s physical measurables will make him an ideal 3-and-D for the Philadelphia 76ers’ organization. Milton is 6-foot-4 but has a wingspan of over 7-feet and a standing reach of 8-feet and 3-inches. He projects to be a combo guard with the athletic and physical versatility to play small forward as well. Milton is a fantastic scorer from all three levels and uses his scoring prowess to open up lanes and shots for his teammates. At SMU, Milton averaged over 4.4 assists per game in each of his final two seasons and showed that, when needed, he can run the point and facilitate an offense. Milton can guard three positions and is excellent at filling passing lanes and coming away with steals. If he can improve his rebounding and fully recover from a back injury that caused him to miss Summer League, Milton will be an extremely valuable asset for the 76ers organization.

Organizational Fit: The Delaware Blue Coats have existed as a franchise since 2007 and have helped groomed plenty of talent for the NBA. Previous Gatorade Call-Ups include Sean Kilpatrick, Jordan McRae, Kendall Marshall, Emeka Okafor, James Webb III and Christian Wood.