After Sunday’s official visit to the University of Michigan in which he saw the Wolverines take on Indiana for the Big Ten championship, Bishop Verot junior Ricky Doyle was up very early Monday morning.
“I woke up at 6 or 7 in the morning and called (Bishop Verot) coach (Matt) Herting right away,” Doyle said. “He told me to listen to my heart and do what’s right for me. He said ‘if it’s the right fit, why keep looking?’ “
Doyle took that advice and verbally committed to Michigan while having breakfast with Wolverines’ coach John Beilein.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Doyle will likely play power forward and center for the Wolverines when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2014. He plans to officially sign with Michigan in November.
“I tried to make a list of pros and cons about Michigan and couldn’t think of any cons,” Doyle said. “I just had a feeling in my gut that it was the right thing to do.”
“That is a great league for him and a great offensive system for him,” Herting said. “I think it’s a done deal. The coaching staff did a really great job recruiting him.”
Doyle watched from the stands as Michigan lost to Indiana 72-71. He was impressed by the Crisler Center and how rowdy the sold out Michigan crowd was.
After the game, he spent time with Jon Horford, Tim Hardaway Jr. and John Wooden award candidate Trey Burke at their apartment. After returning to his hotel, Doyle informed his family that he thought Michigan was the best fit for him.
“When I got to campus and saw everything, I just felt like it was right for me,” Doyle said. “When I told the coaching staff they all came over and gave me a hug. It was very exciting.”
Doyle was recruited by dozens of schools from all over the country including Miami, Duke, USC, Purdue, Boston College, Kansas State and Washington.
He was strongly considering Miami but opted for Michigan after touring academic buildings, Michigan’s football stadium nicknamed “The Big House” and the brand new William Davidson Player Development Center.
Dylan Burkhardt, who operates UMHoops.com, believes it is “fairly likely” that Doyle will be the only big man that Michigan takes in its 2014 class.
“Doyle gives Michigan something it has been lacking for a while: a refined back-to-the-basket scorer,” Burkhardt said in an email. “His size will bolster a small Wolverine front line. His footwork and skillset is very impressive at this stage in his development.”