For Kyle Doyle, it's all in the family.
His parents, Keith and Carletha Doyle are both alumni of Georgia Southern University, and in the fall, Kyle Doyle will become an Eagle as the first prepl signee of first-year head coach Mark Byington.
Doyle, who played most of his prep basketball career at Josey before playing his senior year at Buford, has been thinking about becoming an Eagle since before Byington took over the program less than a month ago.
"I was interested in Georgia Southern for a while," Doyle said over the phone Wednesday. "Coach B is great, and I got to know (guard Jelani Hewitt) and (forward Eric Ferguson) pretty well. I'm looking forward to it."
Doyle is the second forward brought in by Byington. The first was Trent Wiedeman, a 6-foot-8 forward who transferred in from College of Charleston and won't be eligible until 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules.
Doyle, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, helped Josey to the 2011 Region 3-AAA title, and helped Buford to the GHSA Class AAA final four last season.
He hopes his skill sets will translate to the next level.
"I can post up, I can handle the ball, pull up and shoot," he said. "I think I can be a matchup problem."
"I am very excited to have Kyle join our program,” Byington said in a statement. “We expect him to make a major impact with our team next year. Kyle can play both forward spots and has a lot of qualities that will benefit our team. He is tough, skilled, intelligent, and plays very hard.”
Georgia Southern lost two seniors to graduation after the 2012-13 season, guard C.J. Reed and forward Cameron Baskerville.
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