Monday, March 11, 2013
Michigan lands three-star 2014 PF
By Dave Telep
On the court, Michigan dropped a big game to Indiana on Sunday. But Wolverines coach John Beilein rebounded on Monday, when he accepted a commitment from three-star junior power forward Ricky Doyle (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot).
Doyle, who is 6-foot-9, is right out of the Beilein recruiting handbook. The 16-year-old plays very little AAU ball, is the son of a former pro player and loves working on his game.
“He’s the perfect Michigan guy,” Verot head coach Matt Herting said. “Style of play, coach, Big Ten -- perfect fit.
“You’re dealing with a guy who’s a zero-maintenance guy. He’s a psychotically hard worker, plays for the right reasons and wants to win above everything else.”
Sounds a lot like a Michigan man. The Wolverines traveled to Florida four times in the past year to watch Doyle. The junior missed 22 games this season with a stress fracture, but when healthy, he's been productive. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore before playing the final seven games this season and scoring 23 per game.
“It’s a stress fracture, he just had to stay off it," Herting said. "He’s exactly like he was before. It’s just unfortunate that he missed 22 games.”
Miami made a hard charge at Doyle, but the Wolverines had taken a leadership position and locked the kid down on his official visit this past weekend. Doyle is the first junior the Wolverines used the new official visit rule on -- starting this year, prospects could begin taking official visits on Jan. 1 of their junior year in high school -- and it worked. Reading the situation is key in bringing in recruits early, and Michigan saw a chance to close the deal with Doyle.
Also on Michigan's campus for the Indiana game were juniors Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor), Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point) and Vincent Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown).