Milton Doyle grew up in Chicago, a budding high school basketball star who spent plenty of time watching college hoops on television.
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One of Doyle’s favorite teams to watch just happened to be Kansas, the place where Bill Self often mined the Chicago area for potential standouts. Sherron Collins. Julian Wright. Jamari Traylor. They all ended up at Kansas.
On Monday, Doyle officially became part of Self’s Chicago pipeline. KU announced that Doyle had arrived on campus and signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play basketball for the Jayhawks.
Doyle, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard, becomes the fifth member of the 2012 recruiting class to land on campus this month. (The final piece, Seattle combo guard Anrio Adams, is believed to be arriving later this summer.)
“He’s got a lot of upside,” Self said of Doyle. “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.”
A late bloomer who was injured before his junior year at Marshall High School in Chicago, Doyle was mostly unknown on the summer circuit but committed to play for Chicago high school legend Isiah Thomas at Florida International last fall.
But that changed when Thomas was fired in April, and Doyle re-opened his recruitment. He visited KU in May before shoring up his high school grades and test scores during the last month.
Doyle averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.0 steals for Marshall last season in the Chicago Public League.
“He’s just what you call a natural,” said Marshall coach Henry Cotton “There’s nothing he can’t do.”
On Monday, Self compared Doyle’s length and recruiting story to former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor, who also signed late after first committing to Marquette.
“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 said. “I have known coach Cotton 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.”
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com