High School: Milton Doyle
Doyle originally committed to Florida International while at Marshall High School in Chicago. He was allowed out of his letter of intent when Isiah Thomas was fired. He later committed to Kansas and was enrolled there until recently. He played with the Jayhawks during their recent trip to Europe.
Doyle, a freshman guard, chose the Ramblers over Green Bay. Doyle will enroll into Loyola in the fall semester and will likely have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.
“I’m just happy to move forward,” Doyle’s mother Lisa Green said. “Just happy he still had the opportunities he had. We were just trying to make sure it was really, really something that was right for him.
“The No. 1 thing is it’s close to home. The name Loyola is of course a prestigious school in Chicago. He’s able to be at a good school, be close to home and do what he likes to do.”
Doyle, a 6-4 guard, averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists while playing in the Chicago Public League his senior season. He was selected to the ESPNChicago.com all-area team.
Loyola assistant coach Armon Gates was the lead recruiter on Doyle.
The Ramblers were 7-23 overall and 1-17 in the Horizon last season.
Kansas freshman guard Milton Doyle has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will be eligible to play next season for the Jayhawks, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Doyle, who played at Marshall High School in Chicago, has been enrolled in summer school at Kansas and was awaiting the NCAA Clearinghouse's approval. Doyle transferred to Marshall after his sophomore year at Tilden and the NCAA was investigating his credits.
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Doyle, a 6-foot-4 guard, made an official visit to Kansas on Monday and Tuesday and is set to return to Chicago on Tuesday night. He met with Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon.
“They told him they were waiting on other recruits and whether they would qualify,” Doyle’s mother Lisa Green said. “He’s disappointed. We have no choice but to wait because it’s late in the game. They told him they’ll let him know by Friday. We will be talking to other schools.”
Doyle previously signed with Florida International, but he was let out of his letter of intent after the school fired coach Isiah Thomas. Doyle averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists while playing in the Chicago Public League his senior season.
“This is the school of his dreams,” Green said of Kansas. “He dreamed about Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.”
Doyle flew under the radar for much of his high school basketball career. He attended Tilden his first two years and then transferred to Marshall. He broke his wrist and did not play his junior season. He also didn’t play the summer club circuit prior to his senior season.
Marshall senior guard Milton Doyle committed to Florida International on Wednesday.
Doyle, a 6-4 combo guard, didn’t play on the club circuit this summer and had flown under the radar. He’s been listed by a number of area scouts as a sleeper prospect in the state’s Class of 2012.
Marshall coach Henry Cotton believed Doyle was among the city and state’s best.
“He’s an all-around player,” Cotton said. “There’s nothing he can’t do. He didn’t get a chance to get on the circuit. A lot of teams didn’t get a chance to know about him, but he’s a great player. Basically, he’s the best player in the city. If he’s not the best player in the state, he’s in the top 3.”
Doyle sat out last season at Marshall after transferring from Tilden. Cotton expected a breakout senior season for him.
“He’s going to have a great season,” Cotton said. “There’s nothing he will do this season that will surprise me. He may surprise some other people, but not me.”
Doyle will be the first Chicago product on Florida International coach Isiah Thomas’ roster. Thomas, who starred at St. Joseph High School, is originally from Chicago.