June 16, 2012

Self adds another

It appears Bill Self has added another to his already loaded 2012 recruiting class with Chicago guard Milton Doyle.

With a full haul already in place at Kansas, Bill Self added to his depth in both the 2012 class, as well as his overall depth at guard on the roster with 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard Milton Doyle.

According to reports, Doyle will head to Lawrence this weekend and room with incoming walk-on Tyler Self, son of the head coach.

Doyle was at one time committed to former Florida International coach Isaiah Thomas, but opted to de-commit once Thomas was let go following the 2011-12 season. Doyle was believed to have wanted to commit to Kansas on his visit in mid-May, but opted to hold off. At that time, Kansas was recruiting former South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris. Harris ended up heading to Florida, leaving a spot open for Doyle at KU.

Back in May, the mother of Doyle, Lisa Green, told JayhawkSlant.com Kansas was his "No. 1 dream school," and that she believed Kansas was going to be his choice.

Doyle awaits academic clearance to officially play next season, but will sign a Grant-In-Aid which will allow him to receive financial aid as a student in the same way he would had he signed a letter of intent before the late signing period closed.

Back in May, Doyle's high school coach, Henry Cotton, had this to say: "He's a great player," said Cotton when talking about Milton Doyle. "If he had played a little bit more and been out on the circuit a little bit more, he definitely could have played in the McDonald's All-American game.

"He's got natural talent," he added. "There is nothing that he can't do on the floor. He can defend, he can pass, he can shoot it, he can drive to the basket and he can create for others, he can make people around him better and he can make himself better. He doesn't need the ball in his hands to figure out what to do."

With so many new faces, it is uncertain where Doyle will fit in in terms of playing time on the perimeter. Kansas returns guaranteed started and senior Elijah Johnson, as well as senior Travis Releford, sophomore Naadir Tharpe, red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore, and highly touted incoming players such as Andrew White and Anrio Adams.

Kansas is slated to play a portion of its preseason overseas, which means they will gain an extra 10 days of practice time, highly beneficial for a team starting at so many freshman. Whether Adams and Doyle gain full academic clearance in time will determine whether they will be able to travel to Europe with the team.

Check back with Jayhawk Slant with a complete update and conversation with KU's newest commitment, Milton Doyle.


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