Jamelle McMillan and his Seattle O'Dea (Wash.) High School teammates came up short in their quest for a third state championship with a ten point loss in the state championship game against Spencer Hawes and Seattle Prep. McMillan, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior point guard, is on the verge of making a commitment now that the season is over.
"North Carolina State is in contact with me more than anyone," said McMillan. "They offered a few weeks ago, and they are my favorite right now. I've been on an unofficial visit there, and the facilities are amazing. I'm also just really comfortable with the coaches there. My dad played there and we had a house there that we stayed in during the summer before I started playing a lot of AAU ball. So I've known the coaches since I was a little kid."
McMillan also mentioned UCLA, Georgetown, USC, Washington State and Stanford as schools recruiting him, but it doesn't look like they have much of a chance against NC State.
"I'd like to make a commitment in a couple weeks," he said. "Ever since NC State offered me, I've been talking to the coaches every day. I don't see any of these other schools making as much progress to where I would feel this comfortable with them. I'd like to take an official visit soon and make my commitment on the visit."
Not expected to make it to the state tournament, O'Dea made a strong run as the number eight seed. Averaging 12 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game, McMillan was held to 0 of 2 shooting from the field in the championship game.
"It definitely wasn't my best game," commented McMillan. "We had to play a string of tough games to get there, and I guess we just came out sort of dead.
"It was a great year, though. We weren't expected to be there, since we had pretty much a new team. We overcame some problems in the middle of the year and ended up having an amazing season."
McMillan will play for Friends of Hoop on the summer circuit.
Jamelle McMillan scouting report:
As expected from a coach's son, McMillan is a very intelligent player who does all the little things. With his strength, lateral quickness and intelligence, he is a very good defender on either guard position. Offensively, he is solid but does not excel at any one offensive aspect of the game.