John Beilein and the Wolverines picked up their first official commit of the 2014 class today in the form of power forward Ricky Doyle out of Bishop Verot HS in Ft. Myers, Fla. Considered a three-star prospect by several recruiting services, it is easy to see that this 6’9”, 225 pound big man will fit well in Ann Arbor. He had other scholarship offers from Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Miami (FL).
I mentioned on Twitter after the Michigan vs. Indiana basketball game that even in defeat, the environment inside of the Crisler Center would blow away the recruits in attendance. That was clearly the case with Ricky Doyle, who was in Ann Arbor visiting the school for the first time.
I will admit I did not know much about Doyle when I heard of his commitment, but as I watched film on him and read various scouting reports, I’m a bit surprised he’s only been rated a three-star prospect.
His strengths offensively lie in his post game. Doyle is a very good finisher around the basket and has very good coordination with both hands. He plays very well with his back to the basket and has the ability to pivot out of the post and hit a mid-range jump shot.
Where he needs to improve is athleticism, which right now is pretty average. He won’t wow you with his strength or the way he runs the floor, but he is only a junior in high school right now and that should definitely improve by the time he hits Ann Arbor. We all know how physical the Big Ten can be, so regardless of skill set, you have to be able to get physical and push other players around.
Assuming the team stays in tact, Ricky Doyle will be a member of a much improved stable of big men over what they have now. The combination of Mitch McGary, Mark Donnal, Jon Horford, and Doyle should be among the best crop of power forwards and centers in the conference by 2014. In my opinion, Doyle is a perfect fit for the Wolverines and will be a key depth guy going forward.
I would also not be surprised if an extra star was added to his scouting report by the time his senior year in high school is done. I think he has very good upside and the Wolverines definitely landed themselves a player.