By Joe Henricksen
The Class of 2012 in Illinois could be adding another high-major player to its short list. Marshall's Milton Doyle, a long, athletic emerging talent over the past year, is officially visiting Kansas today. And when Bill Self and the Jayhawks come calling, it's difficult to say no.
Doyle, a 6-4 senior and the Hoops Report's No. 6 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, has taken it slowly since de-committing from Florida International. As the Hoops Report indicated in a Doyle blog last month, it's typically difficult to find a talent like this in the spring.
Doyle's commitment to Isiah Thomas and Florida International last fall was the the biggest recruiting steal in the Class of 2012 in Illinois.
Doyle is the ultimate sleeper, an underrated talent who fits the cliché "his best basketball is ahead of him" perfectly. It's true. Doyle is just scratching the surface. He's long, wiry, active, extremely athletic and his skill level has improved the more he plays. The slashing guard averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and nearly 5 assists a game for Marshall coach Henry Cotton this past season. Doyle was terrific in the Chicago Public League All-Star game in April, scoring 20 points in every way imaginable.
The career of Doyle has been unorthodox. He transferred to Marshall from little-known Tilden following his sophomore year. Then before he could showcase his abilities in the Red-West, Doyle broke his wrist and missed his entire junior year. He did open some eyes last summer with his play at the Reebok Headliner tryout camp in Chicago and then the Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia, but he didn't play on the club circuit in July to instead concentrate on academics.
Thus, Doyle remained a rather unknown. Florida International snuck in and nabbed a commitment from Doyle last fall before the kid's talent blew the top off and he became a hot commodity. Thomas, however, was fired following the season and Doyle was back on the open market.
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