In his first season at Loyola (Chicago) after transferring in from Kansas, guard Milton Doyle accounted for 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest for head coach Porter Moser. As a result Doyle won Missouri Valley Freshman and Newcomer of the Year honors, and even more was expected of the Chicago native in 2014-15.
Unfortunately for the Ramblers they’re going to be without their best player, as the program announced Friday that Doyle is out indefinitely after suffering a torn labrum in his right (shooting) shoulder. How much time Doyle misses remains to be seen, but this is a big loss for a team that won ten games and finished last (4-14) in its MVC debut last season.
According to the school release Doyle will go through a rehabilitation program for five to six weeks, with a decision to be made then as to whether or not he’ll ned to undergo surgery. If Doyle does need surgery at that point, the school stated that it could take between seven and nine months for him to return to the court.
Doyle was one of four starters to return for the Ramblers, with guards Joe Crisman and Jeff White and forward Christian Thomas being the others. In addition to those returning starters, Loyola added seven newcomers with four being perimeter players. Among those additions is Coffeyville CC guard Earl Peterson, who averaged 16.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last year.
With Doyle out of the lineup, Peterson is one player who will have to step forward if Loyola is to improve its standing within the Missouri Valley.
Loyola (IL) landed a nationally-ranked guard into its Class of 2015 as three-star Roosevelt Smart of Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas) announced that he had committed to the Ramblers.
I am blessed to announce that I’ve decided to commit to Loyola University,” he tweeted. “Proud to be a Rambler!!”
The 6-foot-2 guard, who previously attended St. Viator in suburban Chicago, joins JuCo power forward Maurice Kirby in Loyola’s Class of 2015. Smart, who is ranked No. 146 overall in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals, held offers from Creighton, Northern Illinois and Wright State.
During the summer he played with the Illinois Wolves in the Under Armour Association. For the 11-4 Wolves, Smart was the team’s leading scorer at 12.9 points per game. He also shot 44 percent (17-of-39) from beyond the 3-point line.
Given all of Wichita State’s success over the past two years it isn’t a surprise that recruits are giving the Missouri Valley Conference some consideration. However, it isn’t just the Shockers who have been able to land highly-regarded commits. In April, Bradley landed a commitment from four-star small forward Josh Cunningham.
Loyola (IL) announced on Tuesday that the star of their 2014 recruiting class, Marlon Jones, would not be enrolling at the school.
“Unfortunately, Marlon did not meet his academic expectations this summer,” said head coach Porter Moser. “We are still very committed to Marlon’s best interests but at this time he will be enrolling at South Plains Community College.”
Jones is a 6-foot-8, three-star recruit that had plenty of high-major interest coming out of Chicago’s Orr HS. He played for the Meanstreets AAU program.
Loyola still returns their top five scorers from last season, including the Missouri Valley’s reigning Freshman of the Year, Milton Doyle.