Former Loyola guard Milton Doyle has earned a spot with the Long Island Nets, the team announced Oct. 23. Long Island is the G-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, meaning Doyle will be playing a step below the NBA.
Doyle was the final player cut by the Nets, according to his agent, Keith Kreiter, as NBA rosters have a 17-player maximum. While with Long Island, Doyle will be able to be called up by any one of the 30 NBA teams if they need an extra guard, according to his one-year contract.
After earning an NBA Summer League contract with Brooklyn as an undrafted free agent, Doyle averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in four Summer League games. That performance landed him a training camp contract. However, he didn’t see any action with the Nets during their four preseason games.
Despite the lack of action during preseason, Doyle said he’s excited for the exposure he’ll get while he’s with Long Island, given that any NBA team can sign him.
“It’s a great opportunity to get seen by all 30 NBA teams,” Doyle said. “I’ve got no complaints. [I’m] just ready to show what I can … bring to the table.”
Doyle also said he’s familiar with most of the players on the roster after playing with them in the Summer League.
“It’s basically the guys that [were] on the Summer League roster and all the guys that got cut from training camp, really,” Doyle said. “Because the Nets only drafted one person — that’s Jarett Allen — and he’s playing [in the NBA]. So it’s basically all the guys … that got cut with me, all of us are playing with the Long Island Nets.”
Members of the Loyola community took to Twitter to congratulate Doyle on signing with Long Island.
— Loyola Basketball (@RamblersMBB) October 25, 2017
— Porter’s Jacket (@PortersJacket) October 25, 2017
— tnaz (@t_naz) October 25, 2017
Moser said in a statement to The PHOENIX that he’s proud of Doyle’s accomplishments and is excited to see where he goes next.
“[Milton] has impressed the Nets organization through his performance in the NBA Summer League and during training camp and he has also been on the radar for many other NBA teams,” Moser said. “Being in the G-League, he will continue to be on everyone’s radar as he moves forward. I am extremely happy for Milt as he pursues his ultimate goal of being on an NBA roster.”
Doyle and Long Island are scheduled to tip off the NBA G-League season against the Fort Wayne Fire Ants at home Nov. 4. Doyle is scheduled to return to Chicago Dec. 20 when the Nets take on the Windy City Bulls.