"He will always favor the Donnals and McLimanses and Wagners." What does this even mean--the Irish and the Italians? With the exception of our last two stellar starting big men--one of whom would have still been in the frontcourt if not for stupidity of the NCAA--he favors. . . guys who do not excel? Where is the logic in this? Doyle conveniently left out of the equation because he couldn't fit in your brain at the moment you coughed this up? Opinions are cheap, but we are stretching for some new lows here. . . as if a (now Rivals) four-star with Wagner's promise can simply be dismissed out of hand.
What really pisses me off about all of this criticism is that if McGary, Stauskas, and GRII had been here this year, or if Caris and Walton hadn't been injured, this lame stuff would be nowhere to be found--FIVE GUYS WE WERE DOWN this year (hello!). Absent McGary, none of these guys would have fitted the bill with the anonymous basement savants on this board.
This said player would easily be the best Michigan frontcourt player and will certainly end up with a better career than say Donnal, Doyle etc..
A little premature, no?
Auguste had a pretty good season, and he looked quite good in the tournament. However, he averaged just under 4 points and 3 rebounds in 10 minutes a game as a freshman on a mediocre team that was blown out in the first round of the tournament. As a sophomore, he averaged 7 and 4 in 16 minutes per game for a team that finished under .500 and missed postseason play (similar to Doyle's freshman numbers / Michigan's season).
Your assertion might end up being correct. But to say that he will "certainly end up with a better career" than Doyle is completely laughable.
Maybe Doyle, I feel confident in the Donnal statement. Donnal had a redshirt year and the next year still had problems with court time. I don't mind Doyle the thing with him is his actual offensive game is refined for his experience terrific footwork. The problem is he's poor defensively in the post and grabbing rebounds. He shot the ball exceptionally well but can he repeat that while improving defensively and rebounding? If his shooting% takes a hit can he make up for it with defense/rebounding?
Donnal hasn't showed enough to make me think that he'll ever play at the level that Auguste did this year, but it's not unreasonable to think that Doyle can.
Doyle's offensive game is somewhat refined, but there is still room for reasonable improvement. He has a big frame, but he can greatly improve his lower body strength. That will help his explosiveness and his ability to get and maintain position on the block. Also, his conditioning was an issue this year. If he can stay healthy this summer, he should start the year in much better shape.
His biggest strengths on offense were as the roll man in PnR and in finishing close to the basket on dump-offs. He was pretty efficient in those situations, and I don't really see him getting worse at that. I really think he can eventually be a good post up player. This year he seemed too hesitant and too slow to react when he got the ball in the post. But he has a good frame, decent feet, and a soft touch, so I think post play can eventually become a strength.
His defense and rebounding were obviously disappointing. I see no reason why he can't develop into an adequate rebounder and post defender, though. He probably gave up a few rebounds / put backs each game by going for blocks that he had no chance at getting. He needs to be more disciplined in those situations. But the guy has a big frame and decent hands. He needs to be in position, put his butt into someone, and grab the damn ball.