"We spoke to Milt at length Sunday on what we thought his role would be within our program," said Head Coach Bill Self on Monday, via press release. "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 the best for his future."
Doyle, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, originally committed to Florida International under the regime of former head coach Isaiah Thomas. When Thomas was let go, the Chicago native opened his recruitment briefly and made his way to the University of Kansas.
He enrolled in summer classes and looked strong in the brief glimpses offered by a summer camp scrimmage and the team's final practice before heading on their exhibition tour of Europe earlier this month.
Of course, deriving meaningful conclusions from such a limited window is impossible. And on the European trip - which included contests in France and Switzerland - Doyle found minutes difficult to come by in a backcourt that has suddenly become somewhat crowded. In addition to returners Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford, both presumed starters, Self also has the likes of Ben McLemore, Naadir Tharpe, Andrew White and Anrio Adams at his disposal.
Still, Self said they expected Doyle to be at Kansas this season - but wished him well all the same.
"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," he explained. "We wish nothing but the best for him. He is a great kid."