UM's Doyle makes 'difficult decision' to transfer

The Detroit News
Michigan forward Ricky Doyle averaged 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 67 games for the Wolverines.

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein announced on Tuesday that sophomore forward Ricky Doyle plans to transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility.

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

In two seasons with the Wolverines, Doyle (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) missed one game and made 30 starts. He averaged 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15 minutes over 67 games, and also shot 62.4 percent from the field for his career.

“My time at Michigan has very special to me and my family,” Doyle said in a statement. “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!”

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Doyle will have to sit out the 2016-17 season before becoming eligible.