Former KU guard Milton Doyle to transfer to Loyola

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Former Kansas University basketball guard Milton Doyle has decided to attend Loyola University of Chicago, Doyle’s mom, Lisa Green, reported on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-4 freshman out of Chicago’s Marshall High, who attended summer school classes at KU then announced plans to transfer following the Jayhawks’ recent European tour, chose Loyola over Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“I’m just happy to move forward,” Green told ESPN Chicago. “Just happy he still had the opportunities he had. We were just trying to make sure it was really, really something that was right for him. The No. 1 thing is it’s close to home. The name Loyola is of course a prestigious school in Chicago. He’s able to be at a good school, be close to home and do what he likes to do.”

Doyle initially committed to Florida International his senior year at Marshall — a year in which he averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists per contest. He reopened his recruitment last April after coach Isiah Thomas was fired. He will enroll for fall semester classes at Loyola, but likely will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.

Loyola is coached by Illinois native Porter Moser, whose first Rambler team went 7-23 overall a year ago.

The Chicago Sun Times’ Joe Henricksen points out Doyle, “could be a difference-maker for Moser and the Ramblers. He joins a solid, young nucleus at Loyola. Cully Payne, the former Schaumburg star, becomes eligible this season after sitting out last year after transferring from Iowa. And Moser pulled in a solid recruiting class in 2012.”

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