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It’s no secret that Ft. Myers (FL) Bishop Verot big man, Ricky Doyle has game. The 16 scholarship offers he has collected to date are confirmation of that. But ask his high school coach Matt Herting to talk about the talented youngster’s game, and he doesn’t begin with his 6-9, 235 lb., or his impressive range.
“Ricky is a hard worker in practice and that is a reason of his success,” said Herting. Ricky gets in the gym as much as he can. He wants to be good. He is an unassuming kid who is one of the greatest human beings you will find. As I said he works hard all the time and he is very humble”.
That said, Doyle’s approach to improving only partially explains his success to this point. There are people around him that just will not let him take a step backward in his development.
“We try to work with Ricky on the fundamentals and having former Massachusetts high school coach Leo Miller has helped,” said Herting. “Coach Miller is a great teacher who is very detail oriented in terms of helping Ricky with his back to the basket moves that has really helped in the way he plays out on the floor.”
So what about Ricky’s game and how does it translate to the next level? Both Herting and Doyle’s father believe versatility is among the class of 2014 standout’s primary attributes.
“Ricky has a great feel for the game,” said Herting. “He is really good with his back to the basket. Down low he can score with either hand and he is a very good three point shooter. He just doesn’t shoot it because that is not what we need from him on this team. He is very a fundamentally sound rebounder in terms of boxing out. He is working on his face up game and his foot work for more quickness. That isn’t to say he doesn’t have quickness he is working on it to get better at. With what he can do out on the floor his upside is huge can only get better that’s what you like about him and the direction his game is going in."
“He is a versatile player who can post up and pop out and hit the 10-12 foot shot,” Mr. Doyle added. Ricky can handle out on the perimeter as well. Coach Jim Larranaga from Miami says he seen Dirk Nowitski when he was young, and that’s who Ricky reminds him of. Ricky has a seven-foot two-inch wing span with a size 18 shoe, and his doctor said that his growth plates have not closed so he is still growing."
Based on Doyle’s size and style of play, there is one conference that Herting believes his talented big man is tailor made to play in.
“I would like to see Ricky play in the Big 10 because of the physical style they play,” said Herting. “The Big 10 is more team oriented and structured and it fits his skill set more.”
That's good news for Michigan, but it certainly won’t stop teams from all over the country from continuing to work hard to earn Doyle’s commitment.