Fort Myers forward Ricky Doyle committed to Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class this week.
Doyle, a 6-foot-9, 230 pound big man, committed to the Michigan Wolverines after his first visit to the basketball program during the recent game against Indiana, his first outside of Florida.
“The two teams he was most comfortable with and the two he was really serious about were Miami and Michigan,” said Doyle’s high school coach Matt Herting in an interview with Michigan Live. “With the year Miami’s had, with it being right here in our backyard, they’ve generated a huge buzz here. … Ricky went on an official visit down there and LeBron James and D-Wade were right there.
Coach Herting said the visit to Michigan left an impression on the junior.
“And not that (Miami wasn’t), but he just kept describing over and over about how Michigan was a classy program. That’s, I think, what was really impressive with him. Just how he viewed the class of the players, the fans, the school, the coaches — everything.”
After missing a large chunk of his junior season, Doyle returned to average 22 points and seven rebounds per contest, helping Bishop Vermont to a 17-12 overall record.
Doyle is the second member of Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class, joining forward Austin Hatch, reclassified from the class of 2013. He is described as a player with a solid pick and pop mid-range game capable of knocking down shots inside with his soft touch.