Woodward’s Paul McMillan to play at New Jersey Institute of Technology
ROSELAWN: Paul McMillan IV, Ohio Gatorade Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and Co-Ohio Division II Player of the Year Paul McMillan IV has found a college home for his wide variety of talents in hardwood.
Near Woodward High School Gym, where he scored many of his 2,658 career points, the Bulldog senior selected the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Highlanders play NCAA Division I basketball at the America East Conference. The school is located in Newark, New Jersey.
He made the announcement in the Woodward Library in front of a crowd of Bulldogs friends, family and colleagues. McMillan’s trophies were on his right and the most prominent videos were played on his left. A video also preceded his announcement.
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The last eight schools involved were: Cal State Northridge, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Cleveland State, Penn, Loyola Marymount, Kansas State, Ball State and Northeastern. When the video was complete, he shuffled all the schools and stopped at NJIT, as it is known in basketball circles.
The Highlanders have not had a winning season since 2018-19, which McMillan hopes to resolve soon.
“I went to visit a couple of weeks ago and they welcomed me,” McMillan IV said. “I worked with one of his kids and he talked to me about opportunities not only from a basketball standpoint, but they’re like a Top 50 business school. I want to specialize in business and real estate marketing. Just the piece of the whole family. I’m glad they offered it to me and I’m glad they wanted me there. “
An advantage for Cincinnati fans is that NJIT arrives at the Fifth Third Arena to play against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on December 3rd. McMillan IV hopes to be in lineup that night, if not sooner.
“I’m looking to get in and score, facilitate and be the second coach on the court,” McMillan IV said. “They’ve had a great chance of winning the conference for the last two years and I think I can push them and show them my work ethic. I really look forward to coming back on December 3rd (against UC). I’m really looking forward to this game. “.
Paul McMillan IV’s career at Woodwood High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
His father, Paul McMillan III, described the chaotic recruitment process when his son began receiving offers as a freshman.
“The trip has been crazy,” McMillan III said. “We’ve been through COVID, ups and downs, all sorts of things. Their list has changed about 20 different times. It’s been here with schools, there with schools, coaches have been hired, they’ve been fired. There are people. that was believed early, others did not believe. “
McMillan III and his wife, Amy, joined Paul at the front table along with Woodward head coach Jarelle Redden and sporting director Jabreel Moton. Redden said several schools arrived late for his beloved guard. Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Coach of the Year says NJIT is getting an “alpha” man.
“A guy who can come in young and is willing to step up and be a leader,” Redden said. “Last year they missed this leader. Talking to the coach and listening to what they needed and meeting Paul was a great fit. Leadership, running the track is the most important thing it can bring.”
Redden points out Newark’s closeness to the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The next non-conference games scheduled for last season were Rutgers, St. Louis. John’s and Army.
The Big Apple’s appeal appealed to the interests of McMillan IV.
“It’s a big city, a lot of NBA teams, big shopping stores.” McMillan IV said. “It’s different out there. A lot of people thought I was going to Purdue or Penn State or a school like that, but things are changing and that’s the best thing for me. Now you can go to the NBA from anywhere.”
Before McMillan finished his career at Woodward, he surpassed NBA’s great LeBron James goal numbers. In addition to his scoring feats, McMillan was a 4.0 student and a Woodward Award winner.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound base was third in scoring at the CMAC as a freshman at Hughes. He played his last three seasons at Woodward leading the league by scoring all three seasons (31.3, 28.0, 27.3).
He returned to Woodward during his senior year after briefly attending Hillcrest Academy in Gilbert, Arizona, in the summer of 2021 until last October. The Bulldogs won consecutive CMAC-Red Division titles and McMillan was the League Player of the Year in his first, junior and senior years.
Most recently, 247Sports.com listed McMillan as a three-star recruit and the 10th best player of 2022 in Ohio, 47th nationally as a base. He is the sixth all-time basketball goalie in Ohio history.
In terms of new name, image, and likeness opportunities, McMillan IV has an image that wears on its neck “4PM”. He said he is forming an AAU team and McMillan III says there are several agreements on the table.
“You’ll be paid a good amount of money,” McMillan III said of the university’s name, image, and opportunities for resemblance.