June 18, 2012
Standout combo guard Milton Doyle has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play men’s basketball at the University of Kansas, KU head coach Bill Self announced Monday.
“Milton graduated this past week. He is in Lawrence, enrolled and attending class and is officially a Kansas Jayhawk,” Self said. “I’m excited for him. He’s got length and reminds me so much of Tyshawn (Taylor), including recruiting in that he committed to FIU (Florida International), and they had a coaching change and we were fortunate enough to recruit him after that.”
Taylor had committed to Marquette before its coaching change and then came to Kansas where he was a four-year starter from 2009-12 and a member of four Big 12 Championship teams, including this past season guiding the Jayhawks to the Final Four and the NCAA title game.
Doyle, 6-4,185 pounds, comes to KU from Chicago’s Marshall High School where he averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game his senior season. He was selected as a Chicago Public League All-Star and scored 20 points in the league’s all-star game in May.
“He’s got a lot of upside,” Self said. “He’s a combo guard that can certainly play on the ball. He’s also big enough and skilled enough to play off the ball and a very good athlete. I think he’ll give us great depth in our backcourt.”
Doyle becomes the fifth Jayhawk from Chicago who has played or will play under Self at Kansas. Those include 2010 All-American Sherron Collins, Julian Wright, Mario Little and current Jayhawk Jamari Traylor.
“I’m so appreciative of his family trusting us throughout the recruiting process because it was so quick after the situation at Florida International,” Self added. “I have known coach (Henry) Cotton (at Marshall HS) for a long, long time and he sings Milton’s praises on his talent. Milton would have been a very highly recruited kid had he played AAU last summer but he didn’t because he was injured and a lot of people didn’t have the opportunity to see him.”