We just had a week off to prepare.
frank beamer #1
(8-2, 0-0 Pac-12)
Key Bench Players
Basically none, very starter oriented. BUT:
When I first saw Stanford on the schedule, I assumed this was going to be an easy win and look decent as far as quality wins go because they are in a power conference. Well, I was only half right. These teams numbers are very similar and Stanford has that quality win that Michigan is lacking. One thing that will really pop out to you is that their starting five is all upperclassmen. There is no doubt we are the more talented team, but they have the experience on their side.
Michigan had a much needed week off to prepare for this game and get healthy. Stanford is coming off a huge road win for them, but won't have as many days to prepare for Michigan.
Michigan 72 - Stanford 64
We just had a week off to prepare.
Do you mean for that game against the #1 team in the country in which M played well and nearly won?
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Some new inventory has been added recently in the lower bowl.
Stopped by the City of Palms Classic here in Fort Myers today to take a look at 2104 committment Ricky Doyle of Fort Myers Bishop Verot High School (the host school). Ricky's team played Denver East in the first round of the tournament and was handled quite easily by 20 points.
Ricky's stat line wasn't great as his teammates were clearly overmatched by the length and quickness of Denver East. However, I'll state this:
He passes the look test. At 6'9" and 235 pounds, he had the most solid frame I saw today -- and I saw a lot of top 150 players.
The kid can shoot the basketball. I don't recall him missing a shot. He was deadly from 10 feet and in. He hit mostly face-ups over a 6'7" kid who could jump. He also hit a really nice fade-away from about 6 feet with a couple of defenders in his face. If his teammates could feed him the ball or have drawn the defence out by hitting a few shots from outside, he could have kept his team in the game. Super soft touch around the rim. Good finisher. He had a couple dunks -- one on a rebound right under the basket and a tomahawk on three step drive down the lane.
He can rebound. I was very impressed with was his ability to locate defenders and move his feet to put his body between the defender and the basket.
Footwork was solid. He didn't stand around. On offensive he moved his feet and called for the ball when open. On defense he moved quite well, but was forced to clean up too much of his teammates being beat off the dribble.
Hands are still a question. Denver East was all over him when he caught the ball. If he didn't catch it cleanly (and he didn't early) or if he put it on the floor down low, the ball was headed down the other way quickly. He seemed to adjust to the competition in the 2nd quarter and I don't recall but maybe one turnover in the last three quarters.
Get this kid in the weightroom to add some upper body strength and give him a little time to adjust to the competition (there is none in SW Florida) and I think he'll be a very solid contributor. Closest comparator I can think of is Courtney Sims.
Note: Ricky is the #5 rated player in Florida.
At the risk of Fred Jacksoning, he sounds like a bigger version of the good Jordan Morgan. Assuming he can develop from there, that's a solid contributor in Big Ten ball.
His body is similar to Jordan Morgan's, but they have very different skillsets. Doyle is a much better shooter and much smoother around the rim. Defensively, Morgan is much better. That said, it is hard to judge Doyle's upside defensively as he is only 17 and he was playing against kids nearly his height, but 30 lbs lighter. I agree he will be a solid contributor. Definitely a Big Ten body. Definitely a good find by the coaching staff.
If he had one or two decent players on the court with him, it would have helped him immensely. There isn't a single player on his team who would start on any decent Michigan high school program. He can't come off the floor as his team would get run, he gets all the defensive attention, and he is still averaging 30 a game.