Michigan basketball enters the mix for Ohio State transfer

Michigan basketball is a team to watch with Roddy Gayle Jr., another target in the transfer portal.
Feb. 10, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) reacts as the
Feb. 10, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) reacts as the / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

You wonder if Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May ever sleeps. It seems like he's constantly talking to transfers, hiring assistant coaches, or even scouting high school recruits.

It's been fun to watch him work. I can't wait to see what he does on the sidelines next season and beyond. But if May can bring some of the players he has targeted in the transfer portal, the Wolverines could easily get back to the NCAA tournament.

Johnell Davis, Alijah Martin, and Vlad Goldin -- all former FAU All-Conference players -- are in the transfer portal. Davis and Goldin have declared for the NBA draft. It's possible they don't return to college but if they do, the Wolverines look to be in a strong position with each.

Danny Wolf and Connor Essegian are the other names to know, along with Carey Booth of Notre Dame. He's a 6-foot-10 big man and the Wolverines are supposed to host him for a visit soon. Yet, Roddy Gayle Jr. is a new name to know for Michigan basketball fans according to Davis Moseley, a Michigan insider who reports that the Wolverines are a contender for the 6-foot-4 wing.

Gayle averaged 13 points a game last season. He also dished out 3.2 assists and even though he only shot 29 percent from 3-point range, he shot 51 percent on 2-point shots and 83 percent at the free throw line. The Ohio State transfer is a top priority for Michigan basketball and it's clear to see why.


May values players who can shoot, get to the bucket, and create for others. Gayle does all of those things and he's a proven double-digit scorer in the Big Ten like Essegian. There's going to be plenty of competition, but you can see why May is working hard to land the former Buckeye.