'22 OH PG - Paul McMillan IV

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    “I want to be the greatest to ever play this game”

    Following Paul McMillan IV’s final game of the day on Thursday, his last before he and his Cincinnati Woodward team headed back home, Chris Holtmann and Ryan Pedon walked up to him. They struck up a smile-filled, jovial conversation filled with McMillan, his father and his coach.

    To anyone not in earshot of them, it would’ve looked like they might have offered the 2022 point guard. But per McMillan, that hasn’t come yet.

    “I'm not too sure about them offering me, but I know they'll be out (watching him play) in July,” McMillan said on Thursday.

    An offer wouldn’t have been too surprising, even though the Buckeyes have only extended a single 2022 offer, to Buchtel’s Chris Livingston, a top-10 national prospect who could choose to head straight from high school to the NBA if allowed by the year he graduates.

    McMillan, who Triple Double Prospects ranks as the top Ohio point guard in 2022, is a potential five-star prospect. He plays for the 17U Manimal Elite team on the Adidas gauntlet despite being just 15 years old. In the past month, he picked up offers from Kentucky and Xavier, and interest from other high-major programs has poured in.

    “It's been good,” McMillan said. “The teams that offered me, I watched them in the past before. I'm just taking it day by day, hour by hour, second by second. I'm not really rushing it. You know, I'm only 15. I'm really not rushing it.”

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    There’s certainly no reason to accelerate the process at that age, especially with interest continuously pouring in from a variety of programs.

    Consider Ohio State among those with its eyes on McMillian. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard had been inside the Schottenstein Center to watch the high school basketball state championship in the past, but he never had an opportunity to play in the arena until Thursday.

    “It was a great experience coming on a college court,” McMillan said. “When this court is sold out, packed out, like the crowd and stuff, it gets crazy in here. To at least get that feel for at least playing on the court, it was a good feeling, good experience.”

    McMillan said the Buckeyes’ coaches mentioned they like his pace and change of speed.

    “They have a good culture and a good fan support base,” McMillan said. “I like it here.”

    With so many schools interested in him at such a young age, McMillan wants to take the process slowly.

    But he has no such inclination about his own hopes for himself on the court.

    “I want to be the greatest to ever play this game,” McMillan said. “It's as simple as that. Every day when I come in the gym, I try to work like that, and I try to do those things. I take everything upon myself. If it's a loss, it's my fault. If it's a win, my teammates help me.”
     
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