Milton Doyle reportedly will no longer be playing for the Kansas men’s basketball team. The incoming freshman, took summer classes at KU, and went on the recent European tour with the team, but according to his mother that will be the extent of his tenure with the Jayhawks.
KUSports.com reported Doyle’s mom, Lisa Green, as having this to say on the matter, “It’s nothing bad about the school or the coaches or anything. Sometimes things happen for a reason.”
No further comments from her, or Kansas coach Bill Self were available as of early Monday morning. Details are still emerging, with the reason behind Doyle’s decision and his future basketball career plans still not known.
Doyle originally committed to Florida International, but become a late recruit to the Kansas 2012 class following the firing of FIU coach Isiah Thomas. The NCAA cleared Doyle academically last month.
Doyle got a little game time on the Jayhawks' recent European trip, where Kansas played two games against the Swiss National Team and two against French pro teams. On the tour, Doyle averaged 2.3 points per game. Doyle scored four points in 10 minutes of game time in the Jayhawks’ final game in Paris.
Kansas ended the tour with a 2-2 record, losing both games in France. The first of which was the first exhibition game loss under Self while at Kansas. However, it should be noted that those games were a chance for all players to get a chance to play. Self rested four starters in the second game in France to give his freshmen a chance to play.
Aside from Doyle, Kansas still has a large freshman class, including redshirts Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor and true freshmen Rio Adams, Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Zach Peters and Andrew White. Kansas also has two freshmen walk-on guards with Evan Manning and Tyler Self.
In regard to his large group of freshmen and the Jayhawks second loss in France, Self told kansascity.com, “I said, you guys (freshmen) have been sitting on the bench saying, ‘If he’d just give me a chance, I’ll show him what I can do.’ Well they had a chance to show us tonight, and the end result wasn’t very pretty.”
The Swiss games were a show of a different kind, with one Swiss player being restrained by coaches and teammates after spitting in the faces of two officials following receiving a technical foul in the first game between the teams.
Back in April, NBC ranked the Jayhawks sixth in their preseason ranking, predicting Kansas would win the Big 12 title this coming season. ESPN ranked the Jayhawks at No. 4 during the same time period.
Even without Doyle, Kansas' position going into the season will not likely change, as the roster is loaded with talent, and is coming off of having made it to the NCAA tournament championship game in April.
However, like most teams early on, the games in Europe did show there are still some minor things that need be worked out before the start of the regular season. Or as the Kansas City Star quoted Self as stating, “If anything, it tells us how hard we need to work. Because we’re not very good right now. I’m not sure anybody’s any good in early August, but we’re certainly not.”
UPDATE: Jayhawks men's basketball Head Coach Bill Self released the following statement late Monday regarding Milton (Milt) Doyle's decision to leave the Kansas program prior to the start of the fall term:
We spoke to Milt at length Sunday on what we thought his role would be within our program. We discussed his options and the first option was welcoming him back for the fall. His leaving is entirely his own choice, one that he felt was best for his future. We expected him to be here but he thought it was better for him to go to a place where he had a better opportunity to impact a program early in his career. We wish nothing but the best for him. He is a great kid.
UPDATE 2: CBSSports reported that Milton Doyle has enrolled at Loyola University in Chicago, and will likely sit out this coming season.