SMU’s Shake Milton Selected 54th In NBA Draft

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Shake Milton Selected 54th In NBA Draft
Milton Makes It Two Straight Years For the Mustangs In The NBA Draft; Sterling Brown and Semi Ojeleye Were Picked In The 2017 NBA Draft

NEW YORK (NBA/SMU) – SMU’s Shake Milton was selected 54th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night. This is the second straight year with Mustangs in the NBA Draft, Semi Ojeleye and Sterling Brown were picked in the 2017 NBA Draft. Milton and Ojeleye were both early entrants in the draft, leaving after their junior seasons.

Milton, who was on the 2017-18 Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award, Lute Olson and Bob Cousy watch lists, played the first 22 games before missing the rest of the season with a broken right hand. Before the injury, he was among the American Athletic Conference leaders in scoring (18.0, 3rd AAC), assists (4.4, 3rd), steals (1.4, 10th), 3-point percentage (.434, 5th), 3-pointers made (2.5, 2nd), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9, 8th), free-throw percentage (.847, 2nd) and minutes (36.4, 2nd). He was one of just 12 players nationally to average at least 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds (4.7) and 4.0 assists (4.4).

Even with missing the last 11 games, he was named NABC All-District 25 Second Team, USBWA All-District VII and All-American Athletic Conference Second Team. The Owasso, Oklahoma, native, was the 2017-18 Preseason AAC Player of the Year, and was The American Player of the Week three times during his junior season. His last Player of the Week honor was on Jan. 22 after leading the Mustangs to an 83-78 victory at then-No. 7 Wichita State. Milton had a career-high 33 points with five assists in the road win, the Mustangs’ third victory of the season over a top-15 team (66-60 vs. then-No. 2 Arizona on Nov. 23; 72-55 vs. then-No. 14 USC on Dec. 2).

SMU Draft Notes:

  • Second straight year SMU has had a selection in the NBA Draft, first time for SMU since three straight years 1985, 1986, 1987.
  • SMU is one of nine teams with an early entrant selected in back-to-back NBA Drafts. (Arizona, Creighton, Duke, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, SMU, UCLA)
  • SMU is one of 14 teams with a selection in the 2017 and 2018 NBA Drafts. (ArizonaColorado, Creighton, Duke, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Michigan, Oregon, Purdue, SMU, UCLA, Villanova)
  • SMU is one of three schools with a selection in the first two rounds of the MLS, NFL and NBA drafts (Louisville, Maryland, SMU)
    • MLS – Michael Nelson – 1st Round 20th overall (Houston Dynamo)
    • MLS – Mauro Cichero – 2nd Round 29th overall (FC Dallas)
    • NFL – Courtland Sutton – 2nd Round 40th overall (Denver Broncos)
    • NBA – Shake Milton – 2nd Round 54th overall (Dallas Mavericks)

SMU in the NBA Draft
Name                  Year   Team                NBA Draft (Round, Overall)
Shake Milton        2018  Dallas                2nd Round, 54th
Semi Ojeleye       2017  Boston              2nd Round, 37th
Sterling Brown     2017  Philadelphia      2nd Round, 46th
Jeryl Sasser         2001  Orlando            1st Round, 22nd
Terry Williams      1987  Golden State    5th Round, 105th
Kevin Lewis         1986  San Antonio      6th Round, 125th
Jon Koncak          1985  Atlanta              1st Round, 5th
Carl Wright          1985  Philadelphia      5th Round, 113th
Brad Branson       1980  Detroit              2nd Round, 45th
Ira Terrell             1976  Phoenix            3rd Round, 45th
Sammy Hervey    1974  Atlanta              6th Round, 97th
Gene Phillips       1971  Milwaukee        7th Round, 119th
Bill Voight            1969  Chicago            14th Round, 183rd
Bill Voight            1969  Milwaukee        16th Round, 196th
Lynn Phillips        1969  Milwaukee        17th Round, 202nd
Charles Beasley   1967  Cincinnati          7th Round, 74th
Carroll Hooser     1966  Detroit              6th Round, 52nd
Gene Elmore       1964  San Francisco   4th Round, 34th
Jan Loudermilk    1962  Los Angeles     4th Round, 35th
Steve Strange      1961  Chicago            9th Round, 83rd
Rick Herrscher    1958  St. Louis           6th Round, 47th
Jim Krebs            1957  Minneapolis      1st Round, 3rd
Bobby Mills          1957  St. Louis           10th Round, 98th
Jack Brown          1951  Rochester         7th Round, 68th
Bob Prewitt          1949  New York          —


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