Doyle impressive in first KU outing

There were some pretty recognizable faces on the floor Wednesday at the Horejsi Center wearing Crimson and Blue.

Keith Langford. Aaron Miles. Sherron Collins. Russell Robinson. Jeff Withey. Travis Releford. All current and former greats of the Kansas Jayhawks.

And yet, the player the 1,000 or so total fans in attendance for the second Alumni Scrimmage of the summer were most excited to see has yet to play a second of college basketball. In fact, he was largely unheralded in the Class of 2012 - a late addition to Head Coach Bill Self's recruiting class who arrived in Lawrence, Kan. on Sunday.

Milton Doyle, a 6-foot-4, 174-pound point guard from Chicago Marshall High, made his entrance a few minutes in to the game's first half, and promptly splashed a three. Handling the point guard duties for the squad comprised solely of current team members, he looked comfortable with the ball in his hands against the likes of Miles and Robinson.

He tried to defend a scorching hot Keith Langford, scored eight total points and, in general, surpassed any expectations observers likely held for him on a first viewing - pickup game or not.

Soft spoken and humble, Doyle said the rapid transition from high school to college had been somewhat difficult, but everyone around the Kansas program was helping him through it.

As for his performance, he felt he played passably, and stressed the need to continue putting in the work to get better.

"Everyone has good talent on the team," Doyle said. "So you've gotta work hard to play."

But for those who aren't familiar with his game, what will he bring to the table?

"A good defender who can play the one and the two," he explained. "Just (a guy who can) help out the team. Whatever Coach needs me to do."

Now, the rest of the summer will be spent in the classroom, sweating through pickup games with his teammates and working under the watchful eye of strength coach Andrea Hudy.

He knows he needs to get bigger before being ready for the rigors of Big 12 play.

"Just develop more, gain a little weight, a little muscle in the weight room," Doyle said. Top Stories