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Doyle Proving Worth in NBA Summer League

CHICAGO (July 17, 2017) – Playing in front of numerous front office personnel from around the league, former Loyola University Chicago standout Milton Doyle (Chicago, Ill./Marshall/Kansas) proved his worth in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas this month. In four games with the Brooklyn Nets, the 6-foot-4 guard showcased his versatility and unselfish play, averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 blocks per game, while shooting 56.7 percent (17-for-30) from the field and 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range.

“Overall, I had a great NBA Summer League experience because I got to be around a great group of teammates and coaches,” Doyle said. “It was beneficial to be around multiple guys with NBA experience. They educated the rookies on the basics and what was expected of us both on and off the court at the next level. I thought I played well during the tournament and showed a number of things I can do to help a team. Showing that I can play and be productive at the next level was something I wanted to prove.”

Doyle made his NBA Summer League debut in the Nets’ second game in Las Vegas and made an immediate impression, totaling 13 points, four rebounds and an assist, while draining all three of his three-point field goal attempts, against the Milwaukee Bucks on July 9.

After recording eight points and three boards in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on July 10, Doyle turned in another sterling performance, posting 13 points, on 6-for-9 shooting, four rebounds, and a pair of assists, in only 15 minutes versus the Denver Nuggets in the playoff opener on July 13.

The Chicago native closed out his NBA Summer League run with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block in 13 minutes in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on July 15.

A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District selection as a senior in 2016-17, Doyle finished his Rambler career ranked eighth in program history with 1,606 points and fifth with 459 assists. During his time in a Loyola uniform, he helped the program to the 2015 College Basketball Invitational title in its first postseason appearance since 1985, and aided in the team earning its first Associated Press Top 25 votes in three decades in 2016-17. As a senior, he averaged 15.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.7 spg.

“Playing at Loyola has made the transition to professional basketball easier for me because I learned a lot of the habits to be a good player in the NBA during my time with Coach Moser and his staff,” Doyle said. “Building strong habits is one thing Coach Moser stresses and it was no different in the Summer League. Having those offensive and defensive habits made it easier for me to grasp what they were teaching us with the Nets.”

Photo courtesy: Loyola University Chicago