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Milton Doyle signs with Professional Team in Israel

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsFormer guard Milton Doyle dribbles the basketball past a Wichita State defender in front of a sold out crowd in Gentile Arena.

Former Loyola men’s basketball guard Milton Doyle has signed with Hapoel Eilat BC in Israel, according to a tweet posted from the professional basketball team May 18. 

Doyle is heading to Israel after a season in the NBA G-League with the Windy City Bulls where he averaged 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the 2019-20 season. The season was cut short due to COVID-19. 

“Everything is paused right now,” Doyle said. “We really don’t know what’s going to happen with basketball as far as next season. [Israel] is the only place that’s playing right now.” 

Hapoel Eilat BC is in the Israeli Basketball Premier League — the top-tier league of professional basketball in Israel. It’s also known as the Israel Basketball Super League and is comprised of 12 teams. 

The teams play a regular season from October to June and then enter in a playoff period before the winner is crowned. 

While Doyle is joining the team with only two months left in the season, his contract allows for him to continue on the team the following season. Doyle said he plans on staying in the international leagues and not returning to the G-League.

“The money isn’t good enough for me to do another year,” Doyle said. “The G-League is more for the opportunity to play in the NBA. Overseas in general pays way more than the G-League.”

The exact amount of money of his contract with Hapoel Eilat BC was not stated. 

Doyle said two other Israeli teams approached him to play for them, but he ultimately decided to go with Hapoel Eilat BC because it “offered the best contract.” 

Hapoel Eilat BC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

This is Doyle’s second time playing in an international league. He previously played for UCAM Murcia in Spain’s top league for the 2018-19 season. Before that, he was on the roster for the Long Island Nets in the NBA G-League, but he also saw action in 10 games for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that same season. He’s the first Rambler to see minutes in the NBA in 30 years. 

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