Bill Self introduces new Chicago recruit
- Jun. 20, 2012
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Incoming freshman guard, Milton Doyle, knew he wanted to play for Kansas.
Doyle, who de-committed from Florida International University after coach Isaiah Thomas was fired, re-opened his recruitment in the spring, but knew he wanted to play basketball in Lawrence even before taking an official visit.
“Basically I was sold before I came, knowing the history of Kansas,” Doyle said. “Finally being here, I was able to put it together.”
Doyle, a 6-foot-4-inch, 175 pound guard from Chicago, mainly played point guard in high school, but Coach Bill Self sees Doyle as a combo guard.
“I do think he can play some point,” Self said. “I think there’s a difference in being a point guard and being able to play some point. The way we play, whoever gets it brings it. Tyshawn (Taylor) wasn’t a true point, at least the way we played. Elijah (Johnson) is not a true point. We’ve got a lot of combo guards. He’ll be one of those combo guards.”
Self said Doyle, who averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals per game his senior season, could earn playing time next season.
“He is a good athlete, has great length,” Self said. “He has to get stronger, which is natural for all freshmen. He probably has to get where his stroke is a little more consistent. We have minutes to be earned back there from a depth standpoint. He should provide us extra depth, no question.”
Doyle, who is waiting for a few classes to be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, said he is happy to finally be settling in Lawrence.
“It feels good to be here,” Doyle said. “It feels good to finally workout, be around the team and be around the guys. They welcomed me in good. It felt like I was already a part of the team from the beginning.”
—Edited by Megan Hinman