Ricky Doyle announced on Tuesday that he will transfer to FGCU where he’ll have two years of eligibility left for the basketball team. The Bishop Verot High School graduate made the announcement at his former school. “I’m happy here. Some people say, ‘Don’t do it, it’s a step down.’ But I think of it more as a step up, to help the hometown team for something special here” said Doyle.
The 6-9, 250-pound post player struggled as a sophomore after a promising freshman season with the Wolverines. Doyle battled undiagnosed sleep apnea during his sophomore season but after it was diagnosed late in the season he had more energy on and off the court.
Doyle will have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules but will be able to practice with the team. He’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining which puts him in the same class as FGCU guards, Zach Johnson, Reggie Reid and Rayjon Tucker.
FGCU offers Doyle a more post friendly offense and likely more playing time as the Eagles have a much less crowded frontcourt than the Wolverines.
In his two seasons in Ann Arbor, Doyle played all but one game, making 30 starts. For his career, he averaged 4.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and shot 62.4% from the field.
Doyle says he’s friends with a lot of the FGCU players.