Doyle a starter again

Published 9:48 am Friday, April 13, 2012

Franklin native Will Doyle averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds per game for Penn State Harrisburg last season. -- SUBMITTED/BECKY CECERE

MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—Local high school basketball journeyman Will Doyle has found a home at Penn State Harrisburg.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard averaged 31.7 minutes a game as a starter with the Nittany Lions after a freshman year with Randolph College where he saw very little playing time.

“It was just too small, and I wanted to be at a little bit bigger school,” Doyle said. “It made me feel good that I found somewhere where my hard work paid off.”

The 19-year-old started his high school career at Southampton Academy, becoming a varsity starter as a sophomore. He transferred to Southampton High School the following year and was a member of the 2010 Tidewater Academy state title team as a senior.

Doyle transferred each time to improve the odds he’d be recruited for college.

“For me it’s all right because I’m a people person,” he said. “Basketball made it easier. It’s just something to fall in to.”

Doyle this year averaged nine points per game and was third on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. The Franklin native also had 111 assists and 54 turnovers, which ranked him 48th in the nation in turnover ratio. He ranked 90th in assists per game and shot 41.3 percent from the three-point line at 33 of 80 and had a 43.6 field goal percentage at 85 of 195.

“Will was a great addition to the team,” said Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Athletic Director Scott Duncan.

Duncan said Doyle contributed to the Nittany Lions’ best season in school history. Penn State Harrisburg, which plays in NCAA Division III, went 20-7 and won the South Division of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

The son of Keith and Cheryl Doyle, Will is studying communications.

His father coached both Will and Nick Doyle, a senior at Southampton High School who is exploring his college options, on local travel basketball teams and said his oldest son enjoys playing at Penn State Harrisburg.

“He found the system that fit his game,” Keith Doyle said. “He likes it up there and now I can’t hardly get him back.”

Keith Doyle said while he and his wife have been supportive of their sons, they didn’t push either into basketball.

“They’ve done all this on their own,” he said. “All we’ve done is give them the tools and helped them.”