Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball coach Bill Self talked Monday about Chicago guard Milton Doyle's recent exit from the program, saying the two had a lengthy phone conversation that led to the player's decision. Self indicates early playing time was the concern for Doyle.
“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. We expected him to be here, 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,” Self added. “We wish nothing but the best for him. He is a great kid.”
Doyle, a 6-foot-4 guard, hasn't listed other schools he's interested in and he'll have to sit out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
The announcement was made Sunday night before Doyle was set to fly to begin his fall semester. Doyle's mom, Lisa Green, told the Chicago Tribune they hope to enroll in another school soon and that Doyle still had several scholarship offers. She said there were no hard feelings with Kansas.
“Milton likes everyone on the KU team and got along with everyone,” Green said via text message. “My son was his (Self’s) son’s roommate. Coach Self is still cool in my book.”
Doyle's departure leaves Kansas with one scholarship available for the upcoming season. Self said he hasn't decided how to award it yet.