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Self: Milton Doyle fully qualified to play at KU

Milton Doyle, the latest addition to Kansas University men's basketball team, speaks to the media on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, for the first time since joining the team. KU coach Bill Self officially announced the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Chicagoan's signing of a grant-in-aid agreement Monday.

Milton Doyle, the latest addition to Kansas University men's basketball team, speaks to the media on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, for the first time since joining the team. KU coach Bill Self officially announced the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Chicagoan's signing of a grant-in-aid agreement Monday.

July 21, 2012

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Kansas University freshman guard Milton Doyle has qualified academically to play basketball at KU this season, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Friday night.

The NCAA informed the 6-foot-4 guard out of Marshall High on Friday afternoon that he was fully qualified, Doyle’s mom, Lisa Green, told the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune reported that the NCAA had been looking into two courses Doyle took online because of complications from his transfer from Tilden High to Marshall following his sophomore year.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Green told ESPN Chicago. “To come from where he was to now, it’s really big. It’s really big. I can’t even describe it.”

Doyle averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists last season at Marshall. He’s been at KU taking summer school classes and working out with the team.

Selby stars at summer league: Former KU basketball guard Josh Selby, who had a somewhat disappointing rookie season in the NBA, has emerged as the star of the Las Vegas summer league.

Playing for the Memphis Grizzlies — a team in which he averaged just 2.3 points a game in 28 regular-season games in 2011-12 — Selby has hit for 29.0 points a game off 60.9 percent shooting in three summer league contests.

On Friday, he followed up a 35-point outing against Washington with a 32-point explosion in a 97-79 victory over Charlotte.

Selby, who has two games left to play in Vegas, hit nine of 14 shots — including 7 of 11 threes. He also made seven free throws in as many tries.

“It’s repetition, getting a lot of shots up (with) my little brother and my mom ... going in the gym every day and shooting,” Selby told NBA.com. “The hard work has paid off in the summer league.”

The Grizzlies, who recently lost guard O.J. Mayo to Dallas in free agency, are using the 6-2 Selby exclusively as a shooting guard after playing him at combo guard last season. He also played eight games for Reno in the NBA Developmental League, averaging 25.1 points per contest.

Memphis GM Chris Wallace, who has said he’s trying to add another outside shooting threat to the rotation, told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that Selby “is another wild card who might find his way into doing something for you (team).”

Selby believes he’ll play a meaningful role.

“I’m young and I have a lot to learn. I feel like I’m showcasing my game, and I just have to try to bring it to the season next year,” Baltimore native Selby said. “If there’s an opportunity, I’m going to work hard and take advantage of my opportunity. I’m going to continue to work on my game and try to build chemistry with the guys and with the coaches.”

More summer league: Former Jayhawk Xavier Henry scored a team-leading 12 points off 5-of-8 shooting in New Orleans’ 78-65 loss to Dallas in Vegas. ... Former KU forward Markieff Morris scored 16 points off 6-of-15 shooting with six rebounds in Phoenix’s 89-75 loss to the NBADL select team.

Robinson update: Former KU forward Thomas Robinson averaged 13.0 points and 9.8 rebounds a game in Sacramento’s five summer league games in Vegas. He hit just 34.4 percent of his shots.

“I came into the summer league thinking I had to prove to everybody I was worthy of the fifth pick (in 2012 Draft) and I have to play up to a name when I don’t have to prove myself to anybody,” Robinson told the Sacramento Bee. “I came here trying to prove I was an offensive player, but really my niche is rebounding, and I did that today (16 rebounds in final game vs. Boston) and the offense came (15 points).”

Robinson said he would return to the gym to work on finishing inside plays.

“They’re not calling (fouls) for me, and I’m not going to get nothing out here,” Robinson said of the officials. “I’m a rookie. Until then, I’m going to have to play through the whistle.”

He said he hoped former KU power forward Darnell Jackson would be invited to Kings’ veteran camp. Jackson had 20 rebounds and 15 points in five summer league games. He played in Ukraine last year.

“Darnell helped me so much here, helped me keep my head when I was down on myself playing bad,” Robinson said. “He kept me in it. I would love if he could come back.”

Recruiting: Aaron Gordon, a 6-7 senior forward from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif., tells Rivals.com he has a list of KU, Kentucky, Arizona, Stanford, Oregon and Washington. He’s ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals.com ... Julius Randle, a 6-9, 240-pound power forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in one of the Texas Titans’ games at Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. Randle, the No. 2 rated player in the Class of 2013, tells Rivals.com he has a list of KU, Kentucky, Duke, Texas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Baylor, Ohio State and Missouri.

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irvan moore 2 years ago

nothing like some good news to start the weekend

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Caz Snwot 2 years ago

The stats are interesting. What's his GPA? .....just curious.....

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Richard Benson 2 years ago

The information about Darnell Jackson's assistance to Thomas Robinson was no surprise, yet was heartening. Darnell is one of my favorite KU players ever. From no later than his sophomore season, I realized just how unfortunate the innocuous loan from a long-time family friend who was a KU supporter was. It was unfortunate, because he never came to be expressly recognized and openly described for what he was: a character guy.

It was his work ethic that made him the player he became, and (absolutely not to diminish the contributions of so many) that did much to build that national championship team. Remember his teammates' nickname for him was "D-Block." It was not about defense or blocking shots. It was because he brought the toughness and determination to every possession and every drill in practice that the players fancied that a tough guy playing basketball on a jailhouse block would bring. Given the loan, it was an unfortunate nickname, but it did describe what he did to build himself and his indispensability to building the team.

When he was surprisingly drafted into the NBA by the Miami Heat, he was quickly traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who soon signed him to an even-more surprising two-year contract. I love the guy so much I bought his Cavaliers jersey (and I don't have or want any other NBA stuff).

Here is the deal: Given the fact that he only started as a senior at KU, and was never the big star, or even one of any big three or anything like that, I figured that they signed him because they wanted that hard-working, determined, no-nonsense guy on the practice court every day making every other player better. (Gee ... didn't the Cavaliers have a young, talented player who would benefit from facing a "bring it" mentality to every step on the practice court?) An unusual NBA draft gambit, but I thought it obviously what they were doing. That said, Darnell played some... he defended hard when he played ... he rebounded hard ... he scored some.

Thomas already recognizes his assistance to Thomas. The Kings could do far worse than keeping Darnell around for a year or two, making sure that Thomas comes to dominate.

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