Recruiting Notebook: Beilein watches Ricky Doyle, Booker plans visits, Mizzou decommit lists Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

762924[1]John Beilein was in Florida on Thursday evening to check in on 2014 big man Ricky Doyle. Beielin joined Miami head coach Jim Larranaga in the stands (H/T Dan DeLuca) to watch the back-to-the-basket big man score 20 points and grab seven rebounds to lead Bishop Verot to a 36-point playoff win.

Doyle recently visited Miami and is also being recruited by Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Georgia, Alabama and others.

Doyle, missed most of the last two months with a stress fracture injury but has been playing well since his return including a 31 point outing against Dunbar. Doyle is averaging 23 points and seven rebounds in his junior season and Michigan is expected to get a visit after his season.

Devin Booker sets visits

Michigan and Missouri have long been involved in the Devin Booker sweepstakes. Michigan State jumped in head first this summer and Tom Izzo recently watched Booker at Moss Point. Local SEC schools have also paid plenty of notice to the 5-star junior. Most recently, the ACC has been taking notice as well.

Booker has scheduled a handful of visits later in the next several weeks; North Carolina on February 23rd, Duke on February 24th and Florida on March 2nd.

Most recently Booker scored 35 points in a 54-51 double overtime loss, missing a buzzer beater off back rim as the clock expired. Here’s recent footage of Booker scoring 43 points against Hattiesburg.

Anton%20Beard[1]Anton Beard lists Michigan

While Missouri is one of Michigan’s primary competitors for the Devin Booker’s services, the Wolverines and Tigers could soon be competing for another recruit. 2014 point guard Anton Beard decommitted from Missouri earlier this week and announced an early list that included Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Tennessee and LSU.

Beard, a 6-foot native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is regarded as 4-star top-100 prospect by most services. While Beard is hearing from a host of new schools, he could be a name to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months as he reopens his recruitment.

Here’s a scouting report of Beard from a tournament this summer:

If Black wasn’t the most dominant player of the day, that title would have to go to his feisty Team Thad running mate Beard. A combo guard who can fill it up from all three levels and excels at scoring off the dribble, Beard is a tough competitor who somehow finds a way to will shots into the basket. He’s slippery off the bounce and even better around the rim as he finds ways to curl around bigger defenders to score and draw the foul. He also is a more-than-reliable shooter from downtown. Beard’s team needed him to score to win games on Sunday, but he also showed the ability to make plays for his teammates as a passer. The four-star sophomore is being recruited by Georgetown, Arkansas, Missouri, Memphis and Alabama.

ESPN, Scout update rankings

Both ESPN and Scout recently refreshed their recruiting rankings. While no Michigan commitments were chosen for the Jordan Brand or McDonald’s All-American rosters, all three are consensus top-100 recruits.

Derrick Walton (42), Zak Irvin (49) and Mark Donnal (95) all found spots in’s updated rankings while ESPN likes the trio even more, slotting Irvin at 24, Walton at 35  and Donnal at 86.

Michigan offerees Devin Booker (19, 5-star) and Trevon Bluiett (45) both were in ESPN’s updated 2014 rankings as well. 2014 target Kameron Chatman (49) is also in ESPN’s top 60.

Booker (23), Bluiett (49) and Chatman (31) are also ranked favorably in’s updated rankings along with Vince Edwards at No. 86.

Class of 2015 recruits Diamond Stone (2), Stephen Zimmerman (5) and Eric Davis (10) all made the cut for ESPN’s Top 25 in 2015.

  • DingoBlue

    Dylan, do we have a better handle on Irvin’s height? There was that local article in a roundup that said he was 6’8″ but I don’t quite believe that. Is there reason to hope he is close to 6’7″ by the time he is on campus?

    • Pretty sure he’s listed at 6-8 on the HSE roster, I think the 6-6/6-7 range is probably more fair.

      He’s much more of a guard than someone like GR3 though, and I don’t see the ability to play the four like GR3.

      • FL Wolve

        Could Irvin actually play some 4 for us? I know he’s more of a guard and he’s on the skinny side but it sounds like he’s got some length. I’m worried about our options at the 4 next year if Grob leaves.

        • I don’t see it in Irvin’s game… But the four position is a major concern if GR3 leaves. Just don’t think Irvin is the answer there.

          • Mr_Sledge

            I really wish we would recruit a “Wisconsin 4”. Someone who might not be that gifted athletically, can play in the post, plays physical and hard, but still stretches it out to 20 feet. Guys like Berggren, Bruesewitz, Leuer. I’m not saying these guys were average, but I don’t think we recruit the right type for the offense. Maybe Max and Donnal will turn into these types of guys. Or is it about our coaching staff? I’m not sure about their record in developing bigs in the post.

          • Retiredat23

            Lol and what in the world would you know about recruiting for John Beilein’s offense

          • Mr_Sledge

            Just my opinion… guess I’m just tired of seeing GR3 stand in the corner during plays and think we could use a post presence.

          • gpsimms

            I think maybe they envisioned Horford and Bielfeldt as guys who might be able to do that. I remember Horford shot threes in his first year. He made one or two, actually.

            Leuer was actually a pretty highly regarded recruit, I think. He was one of my favorite Big Ten players, so I would love to have a guy like him. Of course, he seriously choked his senior year in the tournament.

          • Berg is a five. Bielfeldt is as much like a Wisconsin 4 as anyone.

          • Mattski

            I know that Nix killed us the other night, and that every now and then there’s an eruption of complaints that we don’t have a traditional big, but hasn’t the game generally moved away from that kind of post player? I just tend to see our three bigs as combining all the attributes you’d want with another season of training and muscle under their belts. After all, Nix can’t run the floor or make steals like McGary’s going to be able to do next season. . .

      • DingoBlue

        Understood. I would not expect him to be a 4. But I would certainly like a 6’7″ 3man. Of course I will be excited for him regardless.

        • geoffclarke

          It will really be interesting. If Hardaway goes pro, does Stauskas move to the 2, put Irvin at the 3, and when Irvin needs a breather, either Stauskas or Robinson can slide to the 3? Or does Levert start at 2 and bring Irvin off the bench in what might be the best 6th man in the B1G if not NCAA?

    • Dr_ZC

      Max, McGary, Morgan, Hortford. What do they have in common other than being the main Michigan big men?

      They have not attempted a 3. These guys are not the types of big men that JB likes to recruit. As such, it is unlikely we will see two of them for extended time periods. I was thinking about this in the game against MSU, where none of them were guarded in the perimeter. If we had Smot this year, he would have seen a lot of time against MSU, as he could keep their defenses honest with the inside outside scoring. I am not sure what Donnal is going to be, but I do not see him getting any minutes, unless Max or Jon transfer. Irvin will be another hybrid 3 or 4 in JB’s scheme. That said, next year we will have 5 post players seeking PT. It is going to be tough, unless they develop outside shooting.

  • Colby

    Dylan, do you think the staff targets more point guards in the 14 class with Beard? Also is Goodluck Okonoboh still a target? Thanks

    Agree FL Wolve, we need someone else at the 4 position. Hoping someone new pops up with recruiting

  • A2JD

    Is there a chance that Michigan commits have been snubbed by the Jordan Brand McDonald’s AA game because Michigan is an Adidas school? I haven’t done the research to see if other choices for the game are only going to Nike schools so I’m curious (and lazy). The last two years, both Robinson and Irvin look like they were ranked high enough to have been picked.

    • Mike

      I’m pretty sure Adidas is sponsorsing the McDonalds game this year. I thought they were wearing those new jerseys with the sleeves for the game. The jordan brand game is separate as well.

      • A2JD

        Thanks guys!

    • Jordan Brand and MCD game are different. I would say Jordan game has a definitive Nike bias both at college/AAU levels at all but the very top.

      • A2JD

        Oh, the Jordan game is what used to be the Dapper Dan, way back in the day, yes? Then it was Magic’s Roundball Classic, I think.

  • Chazer

    Been away for a week and always good to see umhoops is alive and well! Good work Dylan and thanks for the breakdown on the UM slide this week. No worries here…. looks like a good time for the Fresh to regroup and get some rest. I recall JB having concerns early in the season about the B1G schedule and pounding on the freshman…they have a good chance to win out the rest of the way! Lets see what they learn and how they grow.

    The wisky game really hurt with the heave from 36…..what a heart breaker. It seems like alot of chatter about GROB leaving but the last 4 games would seem to indicate he’s not ready…..Noel going down has certainly put the fear into the NBA prospects I’m sure. Love GRIII’s game…..he is going through a tough stretch but lets see how he responds. Just goes to show how tough Zach was at 6-4 and what maturity and confidence mean at 22 vs 18.

    Lets hope for a final 4 run and the kids get some momentum and confidence back this week.

    Go Blue!