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Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

The Dayton Flyers will lean on freshmen throughout the 2017-18 season, more so than they have in recent seasons. With 10 scholarship players, they have to. They need production from redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo and true freshmen Jordan Davis, Jordan Pierce, Jalen Crutcher and Matej Svoboda. Dayton hasn’t had a freshman average more than 10 points per game in the last nine seasons....
Five questions with Dayton coach Anthony Grant

Five questions with Dayton coach Anthony Grant

Anthony Grant feels like a Daytonian now after seven months on the job as Dayton Flyers coach. That doesn’t mean he’s about to start filing Yelp reviews on local restaurants. Home is still where he finds his best meal. Asked Tuesday at Atlantic 10 Media Day in Washington, D.C., about how he is enjoying Dayton and if he has any favorite dining spots, Grant said, “My wife&rsquo...
Cooke to begin season on Pelicans roster

Cooke to begin season on Pelicans roster

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will start the NBA season on the roster of the New Orleans Pelicans, who play at Memphis in their first game Wednesday. Cooke signed a two-way contract in the summer. That means he can spend up to 45 days with the Pelicans during the regular season. The days he spends with the Pelicans in the first week of the season will not count against that total. This...
Rhode Island coach Hurley roots for Cincinnati Bengals

Rhode Island coach Hurley roots for Cincinnati Bengals

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley started his Atlantic 10 media round-table interview Tuesday by talking about the Cincinnati Bengals — his favorite team, believe it or not. Hurley grew up in New Jersey but became a Bengals fan when he was 9 when he watched the Freezer Bowl in 1982 on TV. “The Chargers came out of the tunnel in all these parkas and long sleeves,” Hurley said, &ldquo...
Grant reconnects with coaching friends at A-10 media day

Grant reconnects with coaching friends at A-10 media day

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant made his first appearance at Atlantic 10 Media Day on Tuesday, though he was hardly a newcomer — not to many of the 13 other coaches who joined him at the Capital One Center. Grant coached with new Massachusetts coach Matt McCall at Florida. Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said he has known Grant for 30 years, going all the way back to the early days of Grant&rsquo...
Dayton to hold secret scrimmage Oct. 28

Dayton to hold secret scrimmage Oct. 28

The Dayton Flyers will hold a secret scrimmage against Northern Kentucky University on Oct. 28, according to a source. The site of the game has not been determined. NCAA rules allow Division I teams to scrimmage once in the preseason, but they aren’t allowed to announce the scrimmage or publicize it. Dayton’s lone public exhibition game will be Nov. 4 against Ohio Dominican at UD Arena...
Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Today is media day in the Atlantic 10, and the Dayton Flyers have been picked to finish fifth in the league’s men’s basketball standings.  Rhode Island is the preseason favorite as the Rams return two of their top three scorers from last season, when they won 25 games.  As far as expectations go, fifth might be a pretty good place for Anthony Grant’s first team to...
Rhode Island favorite in A-10 preseason poll

Rhode Island favorite in A-10 preseason poll

Atlantic 10 coaches and select media members picked the Dayton Flyers to finish fifth in the preseason poll released Tuesday at Media Day at the Capital One Center, site of the A-10 tournament in March. Rhode Island is the preseason favorite. The Rams, who tied for third last season and won the A-10 tournament, have never won the regular-season championship. They were 25-10 overall last season and...
Dayton fans predict Atlantic 10 standings

Dayton fans predict Atlantic 10 standings

Fans of the Dayton Flyers still like their teams chances in the Atlantic 10. I asked fans on Sunday to predict the standings in advance of the preseason poll, which will be released on Tuesday at A-10 Media Day in Washington, D.C. Rhode Island is the expected favorite. I picked St. Bonaventure in my own preseason prediction. Eighty nine fans voted in my poll, and as you might expect, they picked the...
Predicting A-10 standings: One writer’s take

Predicting A-10 standings: One writer’s take

The 2016-17 Atlantic 10 season ended with a joyous moment (a Senior Night victory over Virginia Commonwealth) and then two surprising defeats (losses to George Washington and Davidson) for the Dayton Flyers. The 2017-18 season begins with uncertainty. What should everyone expect from a team that graduated four senior starters and lost one returning letterwinner to injury and another to suspension?...
Stadium network picking up 22 A-10 games

Stadium network picking up 22 A-10 games

One Dayton Flyers men’s basketball game will air on a new cable network this season. The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Monday 22 games featuring its teams will be televised by the Stadium network, including Dayton’s game at Richmond on Jan. 9. Stadium launched in July. The games will also air on WatchStadium.com and on the Stadium iOS and tvOS apps. Stadium will televise the opening...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best A-10 victories

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best A-10 victories

Fourteen Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball coaches and the players from the preseason all-conference team will travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for A-10 Media Day. Two seasons in row, coaches and media members have voted the Dayton Flyers the preseason favorite. That won’t be the case this season — not with UD losing four senior starters. It will be interesting to...
College football: 5 takeaways from Week 7, including Ohio State’s blowout of Nebraska

College football: 5 takeaways from Week 7, including Ohio State’s blowout of Nebraska

We are past the midway point of the college football season.  Here’s what we know after week seven:  For the last two weeks, I have thought the competition was going to ratchet up at least somewhat. It hasn’t looked that way, but that might say more about the Buckeyes than Maryland or Nebraska.  I’m also not sure it matters.  The Buckeyes (coaches and...
College Football: Flyers fall to 2-5 with loss to Camels

College Football: Flyers fall to 2-5 with loss to Camels

The Dayton Flyers normally like their chances in a defensive duel, but they couldn’t make enough plays when it counted Saturday at Welcome Stadium, losing to Campbell 17-7. The first half was dominated by two guys neither team really wanted in the spotlight. Punters Sean Smith and Brad Dennis combined to kick it away on nine straight possessions. Dayton (2-5, 1-3) had the best chance to score...
Dayton basketball fans meet players at tailgating event

Dayton basketball fans meet players at tailgating event

If fans of the Dayton Flyers learned anything Saturday, they learned the women’s team can dance much better than the men’s team. Shauna Green’s players got things going at a fan fest tailgating event outside Welcome Stadium with some line dancing before players from both teams were introduced to the crowd. Green joked about needing to work her players harder since they had so much...
Former Dayton forward Pollard signs with Jazz

Former Dayton forward Pollard signs with Jazz

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard signed a free-agent contract with the Utah Jazz on Friday. The Jazz announced the signing Friday evening on Twitter. Pollard, a Chicago native who was one of four senior starters to graduate in the spring, participated in a NBA G League tryout in his hometown in August. At the time, Pollard said, “Hopefully, I’ll get a training camp invite...
College Football: QB Jeske looking like his old self for Flyers

College Football: QB Jeske looking like his old self for Flyers

Alex Jeske admitted to a few nervous moments last Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, but the Dayton Flyers quarterback insists the wings of the butterflies were not beating much faster than any other game in his college career. “It was more just excitement, ready to get back on the field,” Jeske said before practice this week. “Obviously not playing for a while you’re really excited...
3 simple keys to beating the NCAA if you want to break the rules

3 simple keys to beating the NCAA if you want to break the rules

The major driver of the social media outrage machine (sports category) Friday morning was the announcement North Carolina won’t face any serious consequences despite some Tar Heels taking part in fake classes over a matter of years.  Confusion often reins after any major NCAA decision, but we suspect now more than ever there will be people out there who conclude following the rules...
Dayton adds walk-on guard to roster 

Dayton adds walk-on guard to roster 

Among the many new faces on the Dayton Flyers bench this season will be a walk-on freshman from Brookville. UD added Dalton Stewart to the roster on Wednesday. He’s a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged 14.9 points as a senior at Brookville. Dayton held walk-on tryouts on Sept. 26 at the Cronin Center. Stewart joins a walk-on group that includes fifth-year senior guard Joey Gruden, a Sycamore...
Dayton announces times for home games

Dayton announces times for home games

The University of Dayton release times for all the home men’s basketball games in the 2017-18 season Thursday. Ten of the 17 home games will start at 7 p.m., including the season opener against Ball State. Here’s a glance at the updated schedule and the game times that are known. If the channel broadcasting the game has been announced, it is noted in parentheses. Nov. 4, exhibition vs...
Donoher to receive Dean Smith Award

Donoher to receive Dean Smith Award

Don Donoher, the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in Dayton Flyers history, will receive the Dean Smith Award at a dinner in Dayton on Dec. 13. The award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, annually honors “an individual in college basketball who embodies the spirit and values of the late North Carolina coach.” Donoher coached against Smith in the NCAA...
Crosby confident entering junior season at Dayton

Crosby confident entering junior season at Dayton

John Crosby drops bits of wisdom on Twitter every couple of weeks with a unique style. Every word in his sentences starts with a capital letter. Put them all together over the months, and a picture emerges of Crosby’s mindset as he enters his junior season with the Dayton Flyers. June 8: “Riding Through My Old Neighborhood Made Me Realize How Much I Grew Up!” June 17: “Born...
What Anthony Grant’s NBA coaching experience means to Dayton players, recruits

What Anthony Grant’s NBA coaching experience means to Dayton players, recruits

Even though Russell Westbrook did not use up all his eligibility at UCLA, the NBA superstar did not accompany Anthony Grant from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Dayton this past year.  While Westbrook aims for another league MVP award, Grant is back in the Gem City in his first year as the basketball coach at his alma mater, and he is spreading the things he learned as an assistant in the NBA to...
NCAA plans ‘decisive action’ in response to FBI investigation

NCAA plans ‘decisive action’ in response to FBI investigation

The NCAA will form a Commission on College Basketball, chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in response to the recent federal investigation into the game by the FBI. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the commission on Wednesday. It will begin its work in November and announce its findings in April. The recent news of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball made...
Landers wants to be ‘glue guy’ for Dayton Flyers

Landers wants to be ‘glue guy’ for Dayton Flyers

Trey Landers posted two photos to Twitter on Sept. 26: before-and-after shots showing the progression he has made as a member of the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team. The Wayne grad Landers dropped 10 pounds in the offseason. He weighs 215 entering his sophomore season. He wanted to get down to 210, but 215 will work. “I would say right now I’m in the best shape I’ve been...
Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals don’t play this week, but that hasn’t stopped the offensive line from being a point of discussion.  And with good cause.  This was the biggest area of concern entering the season, and through five weeks it remains so now that Andy Dalton has remembered how to play quarterback.  Football Outsiders ranks the Bengals 29th in adjusted line yards (a metric...
Longtime Dayton Flyers statistician dies

Longtime Dayton Flyers statistician dies

Roy Cassidy, a statistician for Dayton Flyers basketball and other UD sports for the last 42 years, died Monday at 70 at Kettering Medical Center. Cassidy was a Maysville, Ky., native and a 1965 graduate of Xenia High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Morehead State University and earned his master’s degree in elementary education from UD in 1980. He started keeping stats...
Flyers focus on defense early in preseason practice

Flyers focus on defense early in preseason practice

Two racks of basketballs stood next to the court at the University of Dayton’s Cronin Center on Monday. The balls were arranged neatly. That was no accident. First-year Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant likes order in his team’s practice environment. “It’s the small details and paying attention to details,” junior point guard John Crosby said. “He’s very particular...
Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Curious inspirations keying Bengals turnaround

Late ‘90s rock and lessons from competitive juggling have played important roles in the Cincinnati Bengals’ two-game winning streak.  No, really.  A.J. Green got over his turnover blues Sunday by remembering lessons from his days as a member of the elementary school juggling team.  No, seriously.  The superstar receiver bounced back from his role in three turnovers...
Coaches, teammates helping Antetokounmpo cope with tragedy

Coaches, teammates helping Antetokounmpo cope with tragedy

The Dayton Flyers have rallied around redshirt freshman forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, whose father Charles died on Sept. 30. Kostas returned to practice Sunday, said coach Anthony Grant on Monday in his first meeting with local media since the start of practice on Sept. 29. “Obviously (Kostas) had an unfortunate tragedy with his father passing unexpectedly,” Grant said. “I think...
Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Here’s an understatement to start the week: The AFC North race is looking a lot better for the Cincinnati Bengals than it did three weeks ago.  The Orange and Black were already two games out two games into the season despite playing both games at home against beatable teams.  (They looked awful in both games, by the way.)  The Steelers slogged by the Browns in Week 1 then beat...
Scoochie Smith playing well in Australia

Scoochie Smith playing well in Australia

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith is off to a strong start in Australia in the first two games of his professional basketball career. Smith scored 18 points and had six rebounds and two assists Sunday for the Cairns Taipans in an 81-72 victory over the New Zealand Breakers. He scored six points in the season opener Friday as Cairns beat the Illawarra Hawks 88-87. Smith graduated from...
Report: Dayton visits with 5-star recruit, a former Louisville recruit

Report: Dayton visits with 5-star recruit, a former Louisville recruit

The Dayton Flyers had an in-home visit with a five-star prospect in the class of 2018, according to a report Sunday by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. Former Louisville commit Anfernee Simons, a 6-foot-3 guard at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has visited with coaches from Dayton, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida and Southern Methodist, according to Borzello. Numerous other...

College Football: Jeske returns to lead Flayers past Drake

The Dayton Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 20-10 win at Drake on Saturday as quarterback Alex Jeske celebrated his return to the field by running for a touchdown and throwing for another. Jeske missed the Flyers’ first five games after breaking his foot in the summer. He started, and was able to get the offense moving. “It felt great to be out there, ” said Jeske...
Tom Archdeacon: Local adventurist spearheads UD Arena project

Tom Archdeacon: Local adventurist spearheads UD Arena project

That big, toothy barracuda who charged Larry Connor as he was coming up from a 65-foot free dive in the ocean waters off the Bahamas last summer soon learned what everybody else has when they have doubted, dismissed or attempted to deny the real estate and technology entrepreneur and an around-the-world adventurist from Sugarcreek Township. Spearfishing in deep waters, Connor had shot a sizable hog...
College Football: Flyers buoyed by return of quarterback Jeske

College Football: Flyers buoyed by return of quarterback Jeske

It took a little longer than expected, but the Dayton Flyers (1-4, 0-2) are hoping that Alex Jeske will be worth the wait when he takes the field Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa against Drake (3-2, 2-0). The fifth-year senior quarterback was cleared to play by team doctors earlier this week and it didn’t take Rick Chamberlin long to move Jeske back in to the starting lineup. »ARCHDEACON:...
Dayton volleyball off to strong start in A-10 play

Dayton volleyball off to strong start in A-10 play

The Dayton Flyers volleyball team has turned a corner in Atlantic 10 Conference play after suffering six non-conference losses — five more than all of last season. Dayton beat Saint Louis, Duquesne and La Salle to kick off the conference schedule, losing one set in those three matches. The Flyers finished 14-0 in the A-10 the last two seasons and won their last eight regular-season matches in...
Former Flyer makes debut for NBA’s Pelicans

Former Flyer makes debut for NBA’s Pelicans

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke scored three points for the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday in the team’s first exhibition game of the 2017-18 season. Cooke, who signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans in July, played the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. He made 1 of 4 shots from the field and missed both of his 3-point attempts. The Pelicans lost 113-109 to the Bulls...
2018 recruit puts Dayton in final three

2018 recruit puts Dayton in final three

Anthony Nelson, a 2018 recruit who took an official visit to the University of Dayton in September, cut his list of schools from five to three on Wednesday, according to a report by Julius Kim, of ElevateHoops.com. Nelson will pick either Dayton, Seton Hall and Minnesota. He has visited Dayton and Seton Hall and will visit Minnesota on Oct. 13, Kim reported. Nelson, a 6-foot-4 guard from Harlem, N...
From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

Football pain and basketball optimism are part of five fantastic facts from 50 years ago in the Dayton Daily News archives:  Coming off a season in which they lost the national championship game to UCLA, the Flyers were ranked the No. 6 team in the country by the Basketball Yearbook.  Don May was part of the preseason All-America team, joining Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and Cal...
2018 guard receives offer from Dayton

2018 guard receives offer from Dayton

Chance Moore, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Louisville, Ky., received a scholarship offer Tuesday from the Dayton Flyers. He announced the offer on Twitter. Moore, a senior at Beckley Preparatory School in Beckley, W.V., is the latest 2018 recruit to receive an offer from Dayton. UD assistant coach Ricardo Greer visited Beckley Prep on Monday, according to the school’s Twitter account. Moore...
Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday night.  The Cincinnati Reds will not be part of it, as you’re probably aware.  After three consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons, what do the Reds have to do to earn some October baseball in the future?  The Hall of Farmer Hal McCoy laid out the offseason tasks for the Reds pretty well, and we’ve got all winter to debate...
2020 recruit takes unofficial visit to Dayton

2020 recruit takes unofficial visit to Dayton

The Dayton Flyers have received one commitment from the class of 2018. Recruiting continues for 2019. Work on the 2020 class is also underway. Zeb Jackson, a 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard from Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, took an unofficial visit to Dayton on Sunday, according to C2K Elite, an Under Armour-sponsored AAU program in Ohio. According to VerbalCommits.com, Dayton has...
Practice begins for Dayton women’s basketball

Practice begins for Dayton women’s basketball

A collection of Atlantic 10 championship trophies stand tall in the lobby of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball coaches offices at UD’s Cronin Center. Coach Shauna Green would like to make room for more. One year after Green took the reins of the program in September after the unexpected resignation of Jim Jabir weeks before the start of preseason practice, she finds herself in a much...
Tom Archdeacon: UD family helps Yingers cope with tragedy

Tom Archdeacon: UD family helps Yingers cope with tragedy

When her seemingly indestructible 54-year-old husband Dan — “a real tough guy,” one son said — died in a freak fall March 26, Shari Yinger said her five kids, three of them Dayton Flyers football players, looked to her for answers. “They all were like, ‘Well, what do we do?’ ” Shari said quietly. “And I was like, ‘I don’t … I...
Father of Dayton’s Antetokounmpo dies

Father of Dayton’s Antetokounmpo dies

Charles Antetokounmpo, the father of Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, died Friday in Milwaukee at 54. According to multiple reports, Charles suffered a heart attack at home. Dayton coach Anthony Grant released a statement Saturday. “We are deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Charles Antetokounmpo,” Grant said. “On behalf of the University of Dayton and our...
Archie Miller reacts to college basketball scandal

Archie Miller reacts to college basketball scandal

Former Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller, now the head coach at Indiana, talked to reporters in Indiana on Thursday and was asked about the college basketball recruiting scandal that has made major news this week. Miller’s brother Sean, the head coach at Arizona, has been touched by the scandal as one of his assistants was arrested by the FBI. Archie coached the Flyers the last six seasons....

College Football: Flyers renew rivalry with San Diego

The Dayton Flyers don’t like to call it a rivalry, but there may not be a better word to describe the showdown between the two best teams in the Pioneer Football League. Defending champion San Diego (2-2) comes to town for a 12 p.m. kickoff with the Flyers (1-3) at Welcome Stadium on Saturday. Here are 5 things to know about the game: The series The home team has won the last five meetings....
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton Flyers junior forward Ryan Mikesell underwent surgery on his left hip Friday in Columbus. “The surgery went well,” coach Anthony Grant said. “He’s at home for the weekend. Sometime next week he’ll get back on campus to start rehab.” Mikesell, a St. Henry High School graduate, had surgery on his right hip on May 16. He was diagnosed with impingements...
UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

The University of Dayton provided an update on the progress of the first phase of the UD Arena transformation on Friday. UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt provided quick rundown of what has been done in the first three weeks. Week one: Removed telescopic seats; took down the center-hung scoreboard; removed the crow’s nest; and started removing the 100-level seats. RELATED: UD Arena’s...
Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Former Dayton Flyers walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu has accepted a job with the Bowling Green Falcons men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. Bonsu graduated from UD in May with the four other Dayton seniors. He spent three seasons with the team. He never scored a point and appeared in only two games as a senior, but he became a popular player in part because of his celebrations...
Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out for the Houston Rockets on Thursday. It’s the fourth workout in advance of the NBA Draft for Smith, who previously worked out for the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from...
Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre will participate in the Toronto Raptors’ free-agent camp Thursday and Friday, the Raptors announced Wednesday. Pierre, a native of Whitby, Ont., was one of 23 players invited. Pierre played in Germany last season and led the top league in rebounding. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at...
Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke, UD’s leading scorer the last two seasons, worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Cooke previously worked out with the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. His next workout will be with the Sacramento Kings. “This is the most fun I've had playing basketball in some years,” Cooke wrote...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the New York Knicks on Monday. This is the third workout for Smith, following workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks. Smith is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and has been training in New York City since graduation. He was 4-0 in his career against Fordham in the Bronx. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1...
2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

Add another name to the growing list of 2018 recruits the Dayton Flyers are pursuing. Omar Silverio, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, N.Y., received a scholarship offer on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Silverio has offers from Massachusetts, Wagner and Quinnipiac, among others. According to his Twitter bio, Silverio is originally from the Dominican Republic...
Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

The Dayton Flyers will play Virginia Commonwealth twice in the 2017-18 season, the A-10 announced Wednesday. The teams dueled for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship last season. That was the first time they met twice on the 18-game conference schedule. The A-10 announced schedule pairings for all 14 teams Wednesday. UD will also play Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice...
Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Smith previously worked out with the Toronto Raptors in May. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from UD on May 7. He’s been working on starting his own online clothing business.
Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard will sign autographs at Milano’s on Brown Street from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Smith and Pollard, who finished their UD careers with 102 victories in March and graduated in May, will be back in town for Reunion Weekend at the University of Dayton. Smith ranks 26th in school history with 1,289 points. Pollard ranks 34th with 1,171...
Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Versailles High School senior Justin Ahrens received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday, not long after announcing he was decommitting from Ohio State and reopening his recruitment. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward in the class of 2018, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Aug. 27, 2016. With Thad Matta’s tenure as Ohio State’s coach ending Monday, Ahrens will...
All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team picked up a commitment from a member of the class of 2018 on Monday. Ella Skeens, a 5-foot-11 wing from Chillicothe Southeastern High School, announced her decision via Twitter. Skeens is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN’s rankings. She averaged  22.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a junior and was named the Southeast...
Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Julia Chandler, a 6-foot-2 forward from Toronto, Ont., will transfer from Syracuse University to the University of Dayton, according to a source. She visited the Dayton Flyers over the weekend. Chandler averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds last season as a sophomore. She will have to sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Chandler announced her intention to transfer on May...
First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

The first members of the Dayton Flyers’ five-man 2017 recruiting class have arrived on campus. “Dayton I’m here!” Jalen Crutcher wrote Saturday on Twitter. Jordan Pierce arrived on campus last week and announced Sunday on Twitter he will wear No. 14 for the Flyers. Crutcher was the first player recruited by new coach Anthony Grant and his staff to sign with the Flyers...
UD Arena renovations are underway

UD Arena renovations are underway

The University of Dayton unveiled the first photos of renovations taking place at UD Arena, posting four photos to Twitter on Wednesday. The images show seats being removed near the court. On Thursday, UD posted a video of the scoreboard above center court being taken down. Among the upgrades coming in phase one of the three-year project are new seats in the 100 and 200 levels and a new scoreboard...
Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto. This was the fifth day of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, North Carolina’s Nate Britt, Virginia’s Austin Nichols, Houston’s Damyean Dotson and Southeast Missouri’s Antonius Cleveland also worked out in Smith&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Devin Davis will join Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff as the director of player development, the University of Dayton announced Tuesday via Twitter. Davis, 42, is a native of Miami, Fla., like Grant. They both graduated from Miami Senior High School. Davis played college basketball at Miami University from 1993-97. He’s the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,828...

UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled. This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before...
UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

The last game on the old Tartan court at UD Arena looked nothing like the first. As part of the three-year renovation of the arena, UD is tearing out the old surface, which has been beneath the wood court since the 1985-86 season. That process starts Tuesday and will take about a month. It’s not an easy surface to remove. “It’s going to take a while to get it out and grind it out...
Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver won the league championship in his first season in Slovenia. Oliver’s team, Union Olimpija, beat Rogaska 94-78 on Wednesday to win the best-of-five series 3-1. It was Union Olimpija’s first title in eight years. Oliver had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final game. "Honored and grateful to be apart of this organization and team,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Darren Hertz arrived at the University of Dayton in April, joining new Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff a little more than three years after coaching against UD in the Elite Eight. Hertz was on Billy Donovan’s staff in 2014 when top-seeded Florida beat No. 11 seed Dayton 62-52 in the South Regional final in Memphis, Tenn. Hertz looked back on that game Monday in an interview...
Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Two University of Dayton basketball greats were inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Columbus. Johnny Davis, who scored 1,562 points (1973-76), and Ann Meyers, a three-time All-American who still holds the school record for points (2,672, 1976-80), were honored during a ceremony in Columbus. This is the 12th class for the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. The first was inducted...
Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Archie Miller always knew the 2017 recruiting class would be crucial to the Dayton Flyers. He knew they were losing four seniors who would be hard to replace. “We know it’s an important one,” Miller said last August before UD had any commitments. “I think it’s going to be one of our bigger ones.” By the time Miller left for Indiana in March, Dayton had...
Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Obadiah Toppin, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., announced his commitment to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday via Twitter. Toppin, who’s originally from Ossining, N.Y., visited Dayton in April. He also had offers from Rhode Island, Illinois and Mississippi State. Toppin is the second recruit of the Anthony Grant era, following point guard Jalen Crutcher, and the fifth...
Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will participate in the Professional Basketball Combine at IMG Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla. This is a new event. Twenty two players, including Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain and Xavier’s Malcolm Bernard, will attend. Scouts from 15 teams are expected to attend. Cooke, of Trenton, N.J., played two seasons with the Flyers. He led...
Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Two new Atlantic 10 coaches know each other well and will coach against each other for the first time next season. Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Massachusetts coach Matt McCall, who were hired one day apart in March, worked together at the University of Florida for five seasons and were part of the program’s first national championship team in 2006. Grant was an assistant on Florida...
Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo traveled to Europe with his brother, Milwaukee Bucks start Giannis Antetokounmpo, when the school year at UD ended. Giannis has documented the trip on social media. They have worked out together in their home country, Greece, and watched their brother Thanasis play in Spain. Kostas will be a redshirt freshman in the 2017-18 season. He enrolled at UD for the...
UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

Dayton Flyers Athletic Director Neil Sullivan joined WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on the Miami Valley Morning News on Monday to talk about changes coming to UD Arena. The University of Dayton announced a $72 million upgrade Thursday. Sullivan touched on numerous aspects of the plan. Here are 10 highlights: 1. Early reviews: The reaction to the UD Arena changes has been overwhelmingly positive...
Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

A fundraiser for the family of former Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis has raised $19,600 since Thursday. A GoFundMe account was started Thursday to raise money for Davis’ family, which lost its home in Chicago in a fire on April 4. The goal was to raise $11,000, and donations by 193 people helped the family surpass that goal in fewer than two days. Davis responded to the outpouring...
Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Three former Dayton Flyers need help from fans so they can team up in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of $2 million for the winning team. Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre, all members of Dayton’s Elite Eight team in 2014, are playing for the Broad Street Brawlers in the Northeast Region. Nine teams from each region will be...
WATCH: A look at the future of UD Arena

WATCH: A look at the future of UD Arena

UD Arena will undergo a $72 million renovation to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the facility in 2019, university officials announced today. The University of Dayton showed this video today as part of the announcement. PHOTOS: What will the UD Arena renovations look like?
Anthony Grant adds UD graduate to coaching staff

Anthony Grant adds UD graduate to coaching staff

Andy Farrell will join Anthony Grant’s staff with the Dayton Flyers, Farrell announced Wednesday on Twitter. His job title is director of scouting and program development. Farrell is a Dayton native and 2007 University of Dayton graduate. He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. Farrell has also coached at Virginia...
10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News.  Listen to the full interview with Coach Grant  Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning: • On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been...
Dayton Flyers honored at UD Arena one more time

Dayton Flyers honored at UD Arena one more time

Five seniors from the men’s basketball team and numerous other Dayton Flyers graduated Sunday from the University of Dayton. All five seniors from Archie Miller’s last team took part in the commencement ceremony at UD Arena. Former assistant coach Allen Griffin, now at Syracuse, called the seniors “the class that woke the sleeping giant” on Twiter on Sunday. Scoochie Smith...
Dayton looking to hire director of player development

Dayton looking to hire director of player development

The University of Dayton is hiring a director of player development for the men’s basketball program. The job was posted on May 1. According to the job posting on UD’s website, “The Director of Player Development serves under the direction of the head coach to support the men’s basketball student-athletes as a mentor and advisor in their overall development. The director...
Dayton Flyers continuing to search for point guard recruits

Dayton Flyers continuing to search for point guard recruits

The search for a new point guard continues for the Dayton Flyers. Coach Anthony Grant and his staff have expressed interest in several recruits, according to reports. Here’s what we know: • Dayton offered a scholarship to Tyler Maye, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Farmville Central High School in Farmville, N.C., according to Phenom Hoop Report. Virginia Commonwealth, Nebraska, East Carolina...
Ranking top foreign-born players in Dayton Flyers history

Ranking top foreign-born players in Dayton Flyers history

The Dayton Flyers could have two foreign-born players on the roster in the 2017-18 season. That’s significant because the program doesn’t have a long history of recruiting players from outside the United States, at least compared to some programs. Matej Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward from the Czech Republic, signed with the Flyers on Monday, though he said he still has to pass one last high-school...
Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork is no longer considering the Dayton Flyers. Alstork announced a final list of six schools on Wednesday via Twitter: Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall graduate who started his career at Ball State, visited UD last month.
Former Dayton Flyers star leads German league in rebounding

Former Dayton Flyers star leads German league in rebounding

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre completed his first season in Europe as the leading rebounder in the top league in Germany. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at UD in 2016 with 1,145 points, ranked 12th in the league with 14.9 points per game. His team finished 6-26 and ended the season Monday with a third straight loss. Pierre...
Dayton football player signs with 49ers

Dayton football player signs with 49ers

Dayton Flyers cornerback Cameron Stubbs signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers and will attend rookie mini-camp with the team. As a redshirt senior last fall, Stubbs started 11 games and had 47 tackles and four interceptions. He was named to the All-Pioneer Football League first team. Stubbs is a St. Louis, Mo., native. He was named Dayton’s White Allen MVP in 2015 when...
Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited the University of Dayton on Saturday, playing at the Cronin Center with his brother Kostas and other Flyers. Giannis, a 6-foot-11 small forward known as the Greek Freak, just completed his fourth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He started in the NBA All-Star Game. The Bucks’ season ended Thursday...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers find new assistant coach for women’s team

Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green’s staff will have a different look in her second season. Assistant coach Kayla Ard left the program after two seasons to become the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Denver. Jeff House, who also coached at UD for two seasons, is also no longer listed as a coach on UD’s website. Ryan Gensler, who was the video coordinator...
Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

Long list of schools chasing former Dayton Flyers recruit

McKinley Wright told the St. Paul Pioneer Press about 15 schools have contacted him since the Dayton Flyers released him from his signed letter of intent and he will start to cut his list down in the next two weeks. Minnesota, Indiana, Butler, Baylor, Colorado and Dayton are among the schools Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School (Minn.), is considering. Winning the Minnesota Mr. Basketball...
Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Chris Wright looks back on injury-plagued season

Six years after Chris Wright’s career with the Dayton Flyers ended, he’s still chasing his NBA dream. The Trotwood-Madison graduate Wright played in 20 games this season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League, averaging 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. Injuries and illness limited his playing time. Wright last played in the NBA in 2014, appearing in eight games for the Milwaukee Bucks...
Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Former Dayton Flyers to play against each other in Germany

Two former Dayton Flyers will play each other for the first time Sunday in the top professional basketball league in Germany. Vee Sanford is averaging 11.3 points per game for s.Oliver Wurzburg. Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 13.8 points per game for Loewen Braunschweig. Sanford closed his Dayton career in 2014 as the key sixth man for the Elite Eight team. He scored 735 points in two seasons. Pierre...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
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