Ricky Doyle to transfer from Michigan

Dylan Burkhardt

Sophomore center Ricky Doyle has been granted his release and will transfer from Michigan.

The Michigan basketball program announced the news in a press release this afternoon. Doyle averaged 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.4% from the field for his career.

“Ricky is a tremendous young man with very high character and plenty of potential to develop into being a fine college player,” said Beilein. “We have enjoyed coaching him over the past two years and wish him nothing but the best.”

“My time at Michigan has very special to me and my family,” said Doyle. “Coach Beilein took a chance on me and I will forever be grateful for that. It was a difficult decision for me to make, however, I just feel this is the best decision moving forward. I will forever carry a special place in my heart for the Maize and Blue. Go Blue!”

Doyle battled sleep apnea during his time in Ann Arbor and had fallen down the depth chart after showing some promise early in his career. Michigan big men Mark Donnal and Moritz Wagner out-played him late in 2015-16 and the Wolverines signed two big men in Jon Teske and Austin Davis.

Doyle will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, but will have to sit out the 2016-17 due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Doyle’s departure also means that the Wolverines are no longer over the scholarship limit for next season. Here’s a full breakdown of Michigan’s scholarship situation moving forward.

  • Cory

    The first shoe drops. I wish Ricky the best success at whatever program he chooses. He represented Michigan with class and gave his best effort on the court. I think this is the best decision for both sides moving forward.

  • Bigrange

    I liked what I saw of him as a freshman, lots of potential and a lot of energy. He needs to come to Butler and give the Bulldogs some size.

  • Maizeman

    Is there any validity to this Josh Jackson thing? Saw over on the mgoboard that there is a rumor that Beilein contacted Jackson’s mother. I guess we can dream…right?

    • Kenny

      is it too late to change Josh Jackson’s idea?

      • GTFOmycourt

        I just read in an article from yesterday that Josh claimed to know he was choosing. I also read an article from 2014 and his mom said “Josh will never go to a prep school” but he went to one…Who knows?

    • bobohle

      That would be great. Would not want another Jaylen Brown or Ty Battle result. Too much stress for a Senior Citizen like me to take. True blue since 1964.

    • MAZS

      So he is down to 3 schools–none of which is (or ever has been) Michigan–and all of his AAU friends are at MSU. I think we all should go back to a [insert hot celebrity] dream–more realistic.

      • Jacob U

        Kate Upton and Spike Albrecht^

  • A2MIKE

    Best of luck to Ricky!

  • Tony DeMaria

    Sucks, I remember when he looked like a potential Mitch McGary lite. Particularly in the Minnesota game towards the beginning of BIG season last year. Best of luck to him!

  • Champswest

    Seems like life was stacked against him here at Michigan. He was forced into action as a freshman due to need, when he could have benefited from a redshirt. His sleep apnea prevented him from ever making anything good out of his sophomore year.
    I hope he makes it big where ever he ends up. Good luck, Ricky.

  • Chillax

    BOOOM!!! Called it

    • MAZS

      I’m calling Ben Simmons as one of the first three guys drafted this year. I’ll be back to claim it.

      • Chillax

        Really only top 3. I’ll raise you and go top 2

        • MAZS

          I was going to say first round–just to make the point.

          • Chillax

            i think calling doyle transfers was a pretty good call compared to Ben Simmons.

          • MAZS

            Not really. I just hope you don’t feel the need to post every time you re right about something. Or at least, also post when you are wrong [I won’t really wait for that]

          • Chillax

            Someone’s having sour grapes. Biggest this I was wrong about was Spike albrecht. Thought that kid would contribute nothing then he went off in the tourney. His freshman year he dribbled into traps so much it was frustrating. I for sure wanted him gone. Relax brosef

          • MAZS

            Sour grapes About what? Because I didn’t try to brag that I predicted morning would follow night. You posted a silly pat-on-your-own-back. I just gave you a little blow-back—which apparently YOU can’t let go, BRO.

          • Chillax

            haha blow black…your blowing up my spot bro! jk. Its fun to predict where its going your just butt hurt

  • bobohle

    We all kind of expected it but refused to speculate. Good luck to Ricky in his future.

  • Nick

    Feel bad for Ricky but also relieved that the scholarship situation (at least for now) is resolved.

  • A2JD

    I think this will be best for all parties. I wish him well at his next school.

  • Wayman Britt

    This is a win win situation for both parties. Maybe Doyle will end up at UCF.
    Hopefully we hear more UM roster news in the coming weeks.

  • Slim33

    I know most people think Doyle should go play smaller ball but I would not be shocked if he went to another power 5 conference and turned into a nice grinder type post player. Seems everyone is quick to write of anyone who has a bad season as an underclassman. Lets not forget how sub par Jordan Morgan was before he finally became the player we all love to remember late in his career.

    • A2JD

      Morgan had a good year with D-Mo early on. He was also a solid defender.

      • Slim33

        true, his first year with D Mo was his highest pt and reb averages of his career yet he grew into a much better player late in his career.

        • Chillax

          Also Morgan didn’t have nearly the number of taller stronger and longer people aiming for his spot. The position just is too crowded.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    saw this coming…wouldn’t be surprised if DJ wilson is next….too many bodies downlow and not enough minutes to go around in this Beilein offense that typically uses 1 big man….he did play hard but he just didnt develop and the BigTen was a step above

    • Chillax

      I hope not. I kinda like DJ. He needs work, but his jump physically from freshman to sophomore year was pretty big. Needs to not shoot a 3 every time he gets the ball. But I could potentially see it happening the following year if Teske comes in and gets strong

    • Kenny

      I think that we should’ve not taken two bigs this year. I don’t see either davis or Taske better than DJ and Rick next year. If there is a lesson we learned this year, a lower ceiling fifth year senior like Bielfeldt can contribute more than a high ceiling project like Wagner.

  • mikey_mac

    Reading chatter elsewhere about pushing guys out, and Doyle fits that narrative. We obviously don’t know the whole story here, but … was Crean just out on the B1G frontier, and JB is now following in his wake? While all technically within the rules, this sort of thing seems really shaky.

    • Mattski

      There are so many things we don’t know about these situations–Doyle’s health, his own feelings. . . I’d be inclined to take Doyle at face value. If he wasn’t going to get playing time and can do that somewhere else, it may not be so bad if both schools and players can operate with a little more freedom. My own sense is that Beilein would be painfully honest with his players. Helps underscore that this has been a pretty tumultuous, somewhat bruising period, though.

      • mikey_mac

        JB has earned the benefit of the doubt, but he still did over-sign. Even if it was just a brutally honest conversation, and the over-sign isn’t technically against the rules, it all led to Doyle leaving, so there is shakiness. Whether this becomes common practice for JB is the question — IU and others have made it so, and “free agency” on both the school’s and player’s sides seems to be the trend.

  • Chris De Sana

    I have a feeling there is one more coming.

    • michaeltheoriginal

      Here’s how I see it. Doyle and Donnal were both decent big men in high school who were question marks as far as making it in the Big Ten. It looks as if Donnal is going to stick and Doyle is not, about the success rate we would anticipate. Now we have Teske and Davis, each of whom are decent with question marks about sticking in the Big Ten. With Doyle transferring each will have more of an opportunity to test the waters and it is most likely one will contribute while the other will be a transfer candidate down the road. That is just the reality of the situation these days if you can land a top notch big man.

      • Chris De Sana

        He was just a bad fit for the system from the beginning. Doyle is a far better fit; especially if he can start to hit that wide open 3 ball from straight away because they give that to him all the time when he is out there setting a pick.

        • michaeltheoriginal

          By “Doyle is a better fit” do you mean Donnal? Or Wilson? Or do you actually mean Doyle?

          By the way, I meant “if you CAN’T land a top notch big man” (then take a swing a two projects and hope one will stick).

          • Chris De Sana

            Yes Donnal

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