Michigan basketball expands offer for 2023 four-star forward Devin Royal


Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines have been handing out deals as if they were free samples at Costco for the past few weeks, with one of the latest deals going to 2023 four-star forward Devin Royal.

A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Royal is the 77th ranked rookie in his class according to the 247Sports composite. He is also ranked the 14th best small forward and second best rookie in Ohio.

Royal has racked up a number of offers, with Big Ten schools like Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois among those interested in him. In an interview with On3, Royal mentioned that he went on an official visit to the state of Iowa and Marquette.

He’s not the first person in his family to play varsity sports. His father played football at Cincinnati, one of his uncles played professional baseball, and another uncle played football at Ohio State.

As a running back, Royal seeks contact, absorbs it well in the paint and is excellent downhill in his practices. He can intimidate defenders on the inside with his post-game and has a nice mid-range jumper he can use on send-offs.

Although his exit is a little slow and he shoots from his front, Royal’s jumper enters reliably. It is also versatile on the defensive side, as it protects the rim well. And depending on his size, he’d probably be able to keep the 3s and 4s to the next level, and might even be able to defend against the 5s.

He’s the go-to threat at his high school and clearly enjoys running in transition and waking up the crowd with two-handed dunks.

One small concern I have is that he seems to be a bit of a tweener in terms of position. His high school used him as a post player and as a first player. He clearly has a strong post-game, but at 6-foot-6 he should probably play next to at least one guy taller than him in the Big Ten.

Nonetheless, Royal’s stock is expected to continue to rise as he performs in EYBL sessions this summer. Let’s hope Howard and his team invite him to Ann Arbor for an official visit before a Big Ten rival kidnaps him.


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