Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Three-star PF Doyle shelved with injury
By Dave Telep
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.) junior power forward Ricky Doyle only plays local AAU ball with his high school team instead of on the national scene.
Translation: There are fewer opportunities to see him. And that’s usually fine, but it’s now a problem. Doyle is out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture and he’s in a walking boot here at the City of Palms Classic.
Trust me, there are college coaches recruiting him who are just fine with him continuing to fly below the radar.
“It’s tough because he’s gotten so explosive,” Bishop Verot head coach Matt Hertig said. “He’s incredibly good with his back to the basket.”
Hertig said hoops has a different meaning for Doyle than most: “To him, it’s not just drills. He’s doing fundamentals and working on his own game. The games themselves are extras.”
Doyle had an MRI Tuesday on his foot. Regardless of the outcome, we won’t see him in action here and he’ll continue to fly below the radar. However, he’s out of sight but not out of the mind of programs. Michigan loves him. Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, Miami and Notre Dame have either offered or are close to offering. Most of those head coaches have been to Verot to see him.
Last year, Doyle was a fringe mid- to high-major player. It sounds like he’s tracking on the high side now. His father played for UTSA and then had a cup of coffee with the Detroit Pistons. Again, the younger Doyle doesn’t play AAU so the chances to see him are limited. But somebody’s going to do their homework, outwork a counterpart and score a good player, just not a household name. Yet.