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.