LAWRENCE — After a summer in Lawrence, KU freshman Milton Doyle had a change of heart.
Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed Monday that Doyle has elected to leave the KU basketball program. The announcement came one day after Doyle’s mother, Lisa Green, told The Eagle that her son had decided to depart KU and look for another place to play.
“We spoke to Milt at length Sunday on what we thought his role would be within our program,” Self said in a statement. “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.”
Doyle, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago, joined the Jayhawks’ 2012 recruiting class in June after visiting campus during the spring. When he committed, he became part of a recruiting class that featured five other first-year freshmen, including guards Rio Adams and Andrew White.
Doyle probably would have found himself behind seniors Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore and sophomore Naadir Tharpe in the guard rotation. Adams and White will also battle for playing time.
Doyle arrived in Lawrence during the summer and took part in workouts and the recent exhibition trip to Europe. Doyle played sparingly but finished with four points in 10 minutes in the Jayhawks’ final game in Paris, a 79-60 loss to AMW France. Monday was the first day of fall classes in Lawrence.
“We expected him to be here,” Self said, “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.”
The Jayhawks have one open scholarship for the 2012-13 season and, for now, have five scholarships to work with in the 2013 recruiting class. KU currently has oral commitments from Wichita North guard Conner Frankamp and Georgia swingman Brannen Greene.