PG Milligan will take detour to college 

April, 18, 2012
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For months, I’ve been wondering why point guard Jonathan Milligan (Casa Grande, Ariz./Union) hadn’t signed. Last summer, at the Reebok Breakout Camp, Milligan broke out. He showed speed and the ability to play point guard at a mid-major school, at least.

I get calls all the time asking about available players. For months, I’ve been passing along Milligan’s name to would-be recruiters. For months, nothing materialized. On Tuesday, it was time to explore the reason why. When a player who averaged 28 points a game and was the fourth-leading scorer in the state of Arizona is not signed, there’s a reason why. Milligan said he’s never been in trouble off the court, so that meant one thing: academics.

Milligan is going to be a product of his grades – or lack thereof – catching up to him. Milligan’s story is one that repeats itself yearly. If kids only knew how important their first few years or semesters of high school truly are, they might take a different approach.

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