The Wolverine

April 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  basketball recruiting Michigan Picks Up First 2014 Pledge, Eyes More By Chris Balas eling to see him in Florida in Febichigan coaches seemed to make ruary. Doyle was only a few weeks Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot back from a fractured foot and not in big man Ricky Doyle a priority after great shape, but he continued to put seeing him play a number of times, up big numbers. On film, he shows both in open gyms and in person. great touch from 18 feet in, can finDoyle missed much of his junior ish consistently with both hands and year due to a stress fracpasses well out of the ture in his foot, playing post. only eight games, and "They had a little had flown under the rav i d e o p re s e n t a t i o n dar after spending the ready for me," Doyle summer with his high said. "I do play with my school team rather than back to the basket, but an AAU squad. they think I can really However, John Beilein expand my game, like and his staff had seen how I can pick and pop enough to offer him on or roll. They really think a March 10 visit. my versatility can help The 6-9, 235-pound the offense move. standout, meanwhile, Ricky Doyle, a 6-9, 235-pound "We have a lot of great was blown away by his junior from Fort  Myers, Fla., players coming in, but committed to the Wolverines the offense is a pass-first time on campus. "I was expecting it on March 11. offense. If you see an photo courtesy to be great, but it was open guy, you hit him." more than I expected," Doyle said Doyle left Ann Arbor with the idea after watching Michigan lose a heart- that he was ready to pledge. He sat breaker to Indiana. "It was amazing. down with his parents to make a list That was my first time at Michigan, of pros and cons, but it turned out to and the game was jaw-dropping. be a list of pros only. He pledged the "The fans are so crazy — I'd never following Monday. seen anything like it. I'd taken an Doyle averaged 21.7 points, 6.9 reunofficial to Miami, and they have a bounds, 1.6 blocked shots and 0.9 asgreat school there, but Michigan just sists per game this season. He comes felt right for me." from a basketball family — his dad Beilein was prepared to offer based spent a short time with the Detroit on what he had seen of the 16-year- Pistons before playing overseas — old Doyle over the last year, last trav- and he's a good athlete for his size. M

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