Michigan's Class of 2014 signees continue to impress. Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot Big Man Ricky Doyle is off to a good start, while Sacramenton (Calif.) forward D.J. Wilson played well at the recent State Farm Tournament of Champions in Peoria, Ill.
Starting with Doyle, and some clips (below) from a recent game. Doyle told the Fort Myers News-Press he knew once he stepped foot on campus Michigan was the place for him.
"I never had any doubt; as soon as I visited, I knew it was the place for me," the 6-9, 235-pound forward said. He verbally committed to the Wolverines in March. "… I'm just excited to be a part of a great school."
Doyle averaged 21.7 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Vikings last season and was also recruited by Miami and others.
"They knew once I made my commitment that was a done deal," he said.
Doyle scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, adding 10 rebounds, and registered 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting (nine rebounds) in victories over East Lee County and South Fort Myers.
Wilson led Capital Christian High to victories over Champaign (Ill.) Central, Fort Zumwalt (Mo.) North and Springfield (Ill.) High. He recorded a game-high 16 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 58-45 win over Central and notched 10 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in a 63-49 win over Fort Zumwalt North.
"Wilson has been dunking all over the place today - dude plays above the rim," Iowa Elites reported. "Wilson with the swat on one end followed by massive dunk, his 3rd of first half. Kid is crazy."
Wilson earned praise for his athleticism, which might have been a bit underrated. The Michigan coaches saw it during the summer before offering. We expect Wilson to continue to climb in the rankings.
Class of 2015 targets start strong
Junior point guard Jalen Brunson, a Michigan offeree, started his season with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals and then scored MVP honors at the Bison Classic, leading Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson to a 4-0 record in scoring 26 points a 67-44 win over Buffalo Grove.
"[Jalen's] got a second or third sense of where his teammates are, what we need, and how the game is being called," Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose told the Daily Herald of Brunson's ability to find open teammates and control the game. "He has a unique ability. The game goes slow for him. We see it every day in practice. He plays at a higher level."
Footage of Brunson from his opener:
Also, La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere's Jalen Coleman, another U-M offeree, led his team to a 2-1 record at the T.O.C. He notched 16 points and six rebounds in a 51-43 win over St. Louis Christian, 13 points and five rebounds in a 71-62 win over St. Louis CBC and 15 points with six assists in a 68-45 loss to Sunrise Christian.
Michigan is considered one of the frontrunners for both prospects.