Thoughts on commitment of Roddy Gayle to Michigan basketball, plus another projection

The news is coming fast for Michigan basketball as Roddy Gayle has committed and Sam Walters, an Alabama transfer is projected to the Wolverines.
Mar 26, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) shoots over Georgia
Mar 26, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (1) shoots over Georgia / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

New Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May continues to cook on the recruiting trail, landing his fourth transfer portal commitment in as many days, this time from Roddy Gayle.

The former Ohio State Buckeye averaged 13.5 points per game last season in addition to four rebounds and three assists. He shot 44 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range.

Gayle was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school. 247 Sports and The Athletic also rank him as a top-50 transfer. The Athletic has him in the top 10. The 6-foot-4 guard is effective at getting to the rim. He had 15 dunks last season, more than any Michigan basketball player. He's also a solid two-way player who can guard multiple spots.

Gayle can play on the wing. To me, he's more of a guard. And even though it might bum out some, it's a sign that Johnell Davis isn't coming. They are too similar. Gayle only scored 13 points a game last season, while Davis scored 18, but outside of that, their stats tell the same story.

Gayle is a guy who's very effective in ball-screen situations. But he also needs to improve his jump shot. That's the one thing keeping him from being an All-Big Ten player. But as a freshman, Gayle shot 42 percent from 3-point range on a lower volume of attempts.

Gayle dealt with a wrist injury last season and that could have impacted his shooting percentage. However, he shot 83 percent from the free throw line. He's got a good shot, he just needs to get confidence in the 3-point shot again and being healthy, should help.

Anytime you add a top-50 talent who averaged double figures in the Big Ten, you have to feel good about it, but Dusty May isn't done. There could be another commitment as soon as Monday.

Sam Walters trending to Michigan basketball

Another former top-100 recruit, Sam Walters, a 6-foot-10 power foward, also visited Michigan this weekend. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Crimson Tide, who advanced to the Final Four.

Walters averaged 1.1 3-point field goals per game and shot 39 percent from beyond the arc. He did play in 37 games, but you can see him being dangerous in ball-screen situations, playing with a bunch of talented guards.


The Wolverines already have Will Tschetter. There's plenty of thought that Vlad Goldin will be coming also. Walters would give Michigan adequate frontcourt depth, plus a 6-foot-10 sharpshooter with three years of eligibility. Walters is now trending with expert projections to the Wolverines.