I recently smashed my top hitters in the 2023 EYBL class as part of a larger summer series in which I rank the top prospects by position in each of the major sneaker races.
Devin Royal was one of the two “inappropriate forwards” on my board as someone who can score inside and out but is perhaps the best defender of four opponents at the moment.
Royal announced his commitment to Ohio State on Wednesday, joining George Washingtonhis All-Ohio Red EYBL program teammate and three-star big man Austin Parks to date in the Buckeyes recruiting class.
He chose Ohio State from the last three, which also included the states of Alabama and Michigan, but received scholarship offers from numerous major programs.
Last year, the Royals led Pickerington Central to the Ohio State Division I championship, finishing the season 26-2. In the process, he was named All-Ohio First Team after averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds and nearly 2 assists per game.
He showed similar numbers in the EYBL regular season. with 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on 52% shooting from the floor, 72% shooting from the free throw line and 24% shooting from behind the arc. He increased those numbers to over 18 points, almost 7 rebounds and 3 assists during the Peach Jam.
But what exactly can the Royal bring to the head coach Chris Holtman like a freshman? Here is a full breakdown of his game with video.
Full intelligence report
Royal is strong and solid. He’s six foot six, but in paint he plays bigger than he is because he’s physically fit and smart. It will create contact and can absorb it or spin it. He is a jumper with a height of two meters at the rim, he has good hands and finishes very well.
Royal uses the same physical, hooligan style when he tries to face up from dribbling. He can play for a long time with his dribbling when the lane appears, but he is not yet very fast as a face-up playmaker. While his shooting mechanics aren’t necessarily clean, he’s turned into a clear threat on the arc, especially at mid-range where he can even create a gap with a few backtracks. He is also a good passer and a capable facilitator from various points on the court.
On defense, his speed and body type make him more consistent, defending fours than threes right now. He is capable of a high amount of rebounding when he does so, but doesn’t always live up to this mindset, even though he is generally seen as someone with high intangible qualities and a willingness to go the extra mile to win.
An inadequacy for a striker who is strong, physically fit, athletic and capable of scoring at multiple levels.
Old school performance in his game.
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) August 3, 2022