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KU loses freshman guard

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, August 19, 2012, at 11:27 p.m.

KU freshman Milton Doyle is leaving the Kansas basketball program, his mother, Lisa Green, told The Kansas City Star on Sunday evening.

Green declined to elaborate on the specific reasons for the departure, saying she just found out from her son on Sunday. KU coach Bill Self is expected to address the issue today.

Doyle, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago, was a late addition to the Jayhawks’ 2012 recruiting class. After originally committing to Florida International, Doyle reopened his recruitment when FIU coach Isiah Thomas was fired after last season.

Still under the radar last April, Doyle visited KU in the spring and signed grant-in-aid paperwork in June. He arrived on campus this summer, going through workouts, practices and the program’s recent four-game exhibition tour of Europe. Doyle had four points in 10 minutes in the Jayhawks’ final game in Paris, a 79-60 loss to AMW France. The Jayhawks finished 2-2 during the trip.

When he arrived on campus earlier this summer, Doyle cited the history of the KU program as one of his main reasons for picking the Jayhawks.

“I was really sold before I ever came here,” Doyle said then.

At the time, Self compared Doyle to former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor, another long and athletic guard who signed late in the recruiting period. Doyle’s exit would trim the Jayhawks’ large freshman class to seven. The group comprises redshirt freshmen Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor and true freshmen Perry Ellis, Zach Peters, Rio Adams, Andrew White and Landen Lucas. KU has also added walk-on freshman guards Tyler Self and Evan Manning.

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