The 2017 recruiting class for the Dayton Flyers might not be complete. UD signed four seniors in November and has one scholarship still open.
Coach Archie Miller said they were absolutely looking to add to the class, which includes guards McKinley Wright and Jordan Davis, small forward Nahziah Carter and center Jordan Pierce. Miller throws Kostas Antetokounmpo into that class as well because he is sitting out this season as a NCAA partial qualifier and will debut next season.
“I suspect we’ll do everything in our power to add something in the spring to bolster our frontcourt,” Miller said.
Pierce is a 7-footer from Scotch Plains, N.J. Antetokounmpo is 6-10. The Flyers will be much bigger in 2017-18, especially compared to their current roster, which has no one taller than 6-9 Sam Miller.
In summing up the new recruiting class, Miller likes that the program addressed needs and didn’t just chase talent.
“Bringing in McKinley Wright and watching him play the point guard, that’s big for our future,” Miller said. “Jordan Pierce, as a 7-footer, continues to add size to our frontcourt. We’re going to have to get bigger. He’s got a lot of potential and talent. Being able to get a big guy for the future is good.
“Then Jordan Davis and Naz, those two guys are scorers. Based on what they’ve been able to do in their high school career, we’re bringing in talented guys with athleticism. Both guys can shoot the ball, which to me moving forward is a big component.”
Women’s basketball: The Flyers (2-2) lost 98-65 to No. 2 Connecticut on Tuesday in Storrs, Conn. Coach Shauna Green liked the team’s start. The Flyers led 10-5 in the opening minutes.
“We talked about coming out and having a good start and really attacking them from the tip,” Green said. “I thought we had a great first quarter, and we had a really good third quarter. But against a team like that, your downs can’t be as down as what we were. We just had some self-inflicted wounds with our transition and our fouling. We’ve got to learn from it. They’re (Connecticut) physical, they’re tough and that’s exactly how they win. We play Georgia Tech on Friday and they are the exact same way so hopefully this will prepare us for them.”
Volleyball: The Flyers will learn their NCAA tournament opponent at 9 p.m. Sunday. ESPNU will televise the selection show.
Dayton has played at Penn State the last two seasons. It was sent to Eugene, Ore., in 2012, and College Station, Texas, in 2011. UD last hosted tournament games in 2010.
New recruits: Women’s track and field and cross country coach Sarah Haveman announced the signing of five members of the class of 2017 this week: Corey Rinella, a hurdler and jumper from Palatine, Ill.; Kimberly Spritzky, a pole vaulter, hurdler and jumper from St. Henry District High School in Erlanger, Ky.; Rebecca Craddock, a distance runner from Brunswick, Ohio; Kelly Wilker, a distance runner from St. Marys, Ohio; and Emma Jankowski, a distance runner from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind.