Men's Basketball

Milton Doyle possibly out for the season

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsDoyle was named to the all-MVC team and lead the Ramblers in scoring his senior year.

Sophomore starting combo guard Milton Doyle has a torn labrum in his shooting shoulder, according to men’s basketball coach Porter Moser.

Doyle will now undergo a five to six week rehab process for his shoulder. After which, Doyle will be reevaluated to see if season-ending surgery is necessary.

Last season, Doyle was the leading scorer for the Ramblers, averaging 14.9 points per game, putting him en route to winning the Missouri Valley Freshman and Newcomer of the Year awards. In the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, Doyle made a deep pull-up three-point shot against Bradley University to give Loyola its first Arch Madness win.

“Obviously it is a tough blow to lose a player like Milton,” said Moser in an interview with the Loyola’s athletic department. “He means a lot to our program, but we are definitely going to do what is best for him long term. I know he wants to play very badly, but when it comes to a torn labrum in your shooting shoulder, we are going to listen to the doctors.”

The team will likely have to begin its season without Doyle, as the Ramblers are scheduled to play Rockhurst University at home on Nov. 14.

Loyola will miss the strong offensive presence of Doyle, who was not only the leading scorer but also the key to Loyola’s offense last season.

Junior guards Jeff White and Devon Turk could provide the offensive skills that the Ramblers will need in Doyle’s absence.

White was the starting point guard in almost every game for the team last season, averaging 9.8 points and three assists per game. His ability to get to the rim will be vital in opening up the offense for Loyola.

Turk averaged 8.7 points per game as a bench player for the Ramblers last season. He also led the team with 64 three-point shots, and his ability to shoot beyond the three-point line could provide the offensive spark that the Ramblers need.

Coach Moser said that the incoming freshmen will also play a big role this season.

“We added a lot of depth at the guard position in the recruiting process,” Moser said in his interview with Loyola athletics. “This is going to give someone a great opportunity to step up.”

Loyola signed three new guards in the offseason who will look to help fill the loss of Doyle early this year.

The recruiting class is highlighted by freshmen guards Ben Richardson and Donte Ingram, both of whom won state championships in high school.

“In our journey to elevate this basketball program, you want to get guys who have been on that stage before,” Moser said. “ We want a culture of guys who have already won.”

As a key member of the Blue Valley Northwest High School basketball team, Richardson appeared in four state championships during his high school career, winning back-to-back Kansas state titles in 2012 and 2013.

“He brings versatility. He can play both guard positions,” the coach said. “He shoots the ball and he can really defend on the perimeter.”

Ingram, a Chicago native, played alongside current Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker as a part of the Simeon High School team that won the 2013 Illinois state title. At 6 feet 6 inches, Ingram’s height and athleticism have brought praise from the coaching staff, who say that he will be able to play multiple positions on the floor.

“He is very athletic; he has long arms,” Moser said. “He has been scoring the ball at a good clip in our early practices.”

Guard Earl Peterson, a junior college transfer, also looks to step in as a big offensive contributor in the early season. Moser praised Peterson’s ability to score, as he averaged 16.7 points per game at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

“He brings some shooting [ability] and definite athleticism,” Moser said. “He can get up and down the floor and score in a number of ways.”

Students will be able to witness the newcomers play for the first time on Friday, Oct. 24, when Loyola holds its annual Midnight Madness event in Gentile Arena. The 2014 roster will be introduced followed by a dunk competition and shooting contest.

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