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Dayton notes: Antetokounmpo continuing to make impact

For the second straight game, Kostas Antetokounmpo looked like a difference-maker for the Dayton Flyers — for one half at least. Antetokounmpo had four points and two blocks in nine minutes Friday in the first half against Rhode Island. He made 2 of 3 shots from the field. He affected shots. He dunked an alley-oop pass from Jalen Crutcher. It was a strong follow-up performance after he...
Five takeaways from Dayton’s loss at Rhode Island

Five takeaways from Dayton’s loss at Rhode Island

A single piece of confetti fell from the roof of the Ryan Center during the national anthem Friday. A few more fell during the game. Someone on Rhode Island’s staff had to be holding their breath, hoping it all didn’t fall too soon. No. 18 Rhode Island wouldn’t have prepared a confetti shower if it didn’t feel confident in beating the Dayton Flyers, and it had every reason...
Turnovers doom Dayton in loss to Rhode Island

Turnovers doom Dayton in loss to Rhode Island

Dayton turned the ball over in every way imaginable Friday in an 81-56 loss to No. 18 Rhode Island at the Ryan Center. There were 13 turnovers in the first half. There were nine in the second half. The Rams forced some turnovers. The Flyers could only blame themselves most of the time. Lazy passes hurt. They made bad decisions. Everybody who played double-figure minutes committed at least one turnover...
Rhode Island blows out Dayton in second half

Rhode Island blows out Dayton in second half

Rhode Island broke open a close game in the second half and routed Dayton 81-56 on Friday at the Ryan Center, clinching the outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title for the first time. Confetti rained from the ceiling as the players celebrated with the student section. The No. 18 Rams improved to 23-4 and 15-1 with two games remaining. Dayton (13-15, 7-9) fell from a tie for sixth place into ninth...
Dayton short one player for game at Rhode Island

Dayton short one player for game at Rhode Island

Xeyrius Williams will not play for the Dayton Flyers on Friday night against Rhode Island at the Ryan Center. The junior forward from Wayne High School didn’t make the trip with the team. According to a UD spokesman, he is tending to academic responsibilities back in Dayton. Williams missed five non-conference games in November and December with a back injury. He didn’t play in four of...
3 changes that would help the NCAA immensely

3 changes that would help the NCAA immensely

The latest break in a story that figures to turn college basketball on its ear, at least temporarily, has naturally brought out all of the NCAA’s critics and inspired many suggestions for fixing big-time college athletics.  Here are three things that would change the landscape without leaving the games unrecognizable to fans who provide all that revenue that makes the system so big it might...
Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

Sports Today: Busy lineup includes Wright State, Dayton, Ohio State and Reds

After a slow couple of days, Friday is jam-packed with local sports goodness.  It starts, believe it or not, at 11 a.m. with Wright State playing at IUPUI.  The Raiders remain in a first-place tie with Northern Kentucky, who plays at UIC tonight.  A Wright State win and an NKU loss means the Raiders are at least Horizon League co-champs and they will be the No. 1 seed in the conference...
Dayton’s last senior class playing pro basketball all over the globe

Dayton’s last senior class playing pro basketball all over the globe

Kyle Davis helped lead the Dayton Flyers to their first Atlantic 10 outright regular-season title a year ago, and he’s a name that won’t be forgotten anytime soon at UD Arena. Now he’s chasing his basketball dream in the NBA G League. All four of Dayton’s senior starters from the 2016-17 season are playing professional basketball. Davis had to wait longer than his teammates...
Archdeacon: A teary UD Arena farewell for Flyers’ Layfield

Archdeacon: A teary UD Arena farewell for Flyers’ Layfield

It had been her last time playing at UD Arena and at mid-court it hit her. JaVonna Layfield — biting her lip to try to stave off the welling emotion — stopped near the big logo and slowly surveyed the scene Wednesday night. Her coach, Shauna Green, was behind her, wearing a headset as she talked to the radio guys on press row. A couple of her Dayton Flyers teammates were down beyond he...
Dayton trying to improve A-10 seed with three games left

Dayton trying to improve A-10 seed with three games left

The race for the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship came down to the final week, if not the final day, in the last nine seasons. Last season, Dayton clinched the outright title, its first ever, by beating Virginia Commonwealth on Senior Night. That’s often how it’s done in the A-10. Nothing comes easy. However, this year has been different. With three games left, No. 18...
Dayton at Rhode Island: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Dayton at Rhode Island: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: Dayton (13-14, 7-8) at No. 18 Rhode Island (22-4, 14-1) When: 7 p.m., Tuesday Where: Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I. TV/Radio: ESPN2; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO » SAINT LOUIS GAME: Photos | Notes: Landers makes key play | Kostas steps up Probable Dayton starters Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1 Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 15.9 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.6 Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9...
Dayton women win 16th straight game, clinch outright A-10 title

Dayton women win 16th straight game, clinch outright A-10 title

The University of Dayton women’s basketball team made it 16 in a row Wednesday night. The Flyers (22-4, 15-0) rallied from a controversial end of the third quarter to score a 71-66 victory over George Mason and clinch the outright regular-season Atlantic 10 title. Dayton’s Jordan Wilmoth tipped in a missed layup by Lauren Cannatelli just before the horn sounded to end the third to give...
Archdeacon: Antetokounmpo gives Flyers, fans something to dance about

Archdeacon: Antetokounmpo gives Flyers, fans something to dance about

The night went from dancing feet to stocking feet. As the Dayton Flyers starters were being announced, Kostas Antetokounmpo was doing another of his pregame dances. “Before the games start – during presentations when they say the players’ names — I got my little dance routine,” the 6-foot-10 backup big man said with a laugh. “I try to make the game as fun as I can...
Grant, players thank Dayton fans after victory against Saint Louis

Grant, players thank Dayton fans after victory against Saint Louis

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and his players walk to the locker room at UD Arena after shaking hands with the opposing team after most games. On Tuesday, after beating Saint Louis 53-50, they took a detour to thank the fans in the student section. The last two seasons, Dayton has celebrated Senior Night victories with the students. This wasn’t Senior Night. Grant just thought it was...
Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Basketball is officially fun again for the Flyers and Buckeyes — at least for another few days.  Dayton and Ohio State both got back into the winning column last night, games that had very different importances.  Obviously, the Flyers needed to win in order to keep hope alive for a winning season. The odds might still be against it, but long odds are better than none.  Beyond...
Dayton Flyers: Landers’ highlight-reel dunk a momentum-swinger

Dayton Flyers: Landers’ highlight-reel dunk a momentum-swinger

Dayton Flyers guard Trey Landers watched the video of his alley-oop dunk on a reporter’s computer after the game. “Can I get an #SCTop10?!” Landers shouted. ESPN’s SportsCenter couldn’t do much better than this dunk, not only because it thrilled the crowd of 12,577 at UD Arena but because it was timely. The dunk by Landers, with an assist by freshman point guard Jalen...
Antetokounmpo comes up big for Dayton in victory against Saint Louis

Antetokounmpo comes up big for Dayton in victory against Saint Louis

Forward Josh Cunningham ran to the locker room after the Dayton Flyers beat Saint Louis 53-50 and shouted, “Kostas came up big!” That would be Kostas Antetokounmpo for everyone who forgot him, and they could be forgiven for doing so because he had not played like he did Tuesday for months. Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, tied a career high with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting...
Dayton rallies from 13-point deficit to beat Saint Louis

Dayton rallies from 13-point deficit to beat Saint Louis

Kostas Antetokounmpo starred in the second for the Dayton Flyers, who rallied to beat Saint Louis 53-50 on Tuesday at UD Arena. Antetokounmpo scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He added four rebounds and three blocks. Dayton trailed 33-20 two minutes into the second half. It tied the game at 37-37 on a jumper by Trey Landers at the 10:39 mark. Dayton took its first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer...
New Dayton recruit: ‘I can’t wait to be there getting buckets’

New Dayton recruit: ‘I can’t wait to be there getting buckets’

The arena where Jhery Matos plays home games this season is nine miles from Fordham University, where he’ll likely play a game next season with the Dayton Flyers. The Monroe College Athletic Complex is a long subway ride from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Dayton will play in the Atlantic 10 tournament a year from now. It’s an easy drive from a number of other A-10 destinations...
Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Sports Today: Joey Votto says what everyone is thinking

Joey Votto proved again he is the greatest by not only saying a bunch of cool stuff but waiting until Monday to do it so it wouldn’t get lost over a three-day weekend.  The Cincinnati Reds first baseman sounded like one part fan, one part player, one part owner and all wise man in his first comments of this season.  Joey Votto on current state of Reds: “Something has to...
Dayton women two spots out of top 25

Dayton women two spots out of top 25

A 15-game winning streak has moved the Dayton Flyers two spots closer to the top 25 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Dayton received 29 points in voting Monday. It’s two spots out of the top 25. It’s just behind Minnesota, the only other team receiving votes left out of the top 25. Both trail No. 25 Oklahoma State. Dayton (21-4, 14-0) clinched the Atlantic 10 Conference...
Dayton gets second chance against Saint Louis on Tuesday

Dayton gets second chance against Saint Louis on Tuesday

The Dayton Flyers have leaned heavily on their starters in recent weeks because, as coach Anthony Grant said Saturday, they give them the best chance to win. Saint Louis, Dayton’s opponent at 9 p.m. Tuesday at UD Arena, also has asked its starters to play major minutes. Unlike Dayton, it has no other choice. The Billikens have seven scholarship players available. They have played without three...
New Dayton recruit left Dominican Republic to pursue basketball dream

New Dayton recruit left Dominican Republic to pursue basketball dream

The newest Dayton Flyers recruit, Jhery Matos, closed the announcement of his commitment with this line Sunday on Twitter: “Don’t let the fear of flying keep you from falling.” That’s a fitting quote because Matos, a 6-foot-6 guard with two years of eligibility remaining, had to travel a long way to chase his basketball dream. He grew up in the Villa Juana neighborhood of Santo...
Saint Louis at Dayton: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Saint Louis at Dayton: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Who: Saint Louis (15-12, 8-6) at Dayton (12-14, 6-8) When: 9 p.m., Tuesday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: ESPNU; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Probable Dayton starters Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.4 Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.2 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.5 Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.3 Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.3 Probable Saint Louis starters Javon Bess, 6-6, R-Jr., G/F, 13.1 Davell Roby,...
Archdeacon: ‘Level-headed’ Landers relishing role with Flyers

Archdeacon: ‘Level-headed’ Landers relishing role with Flyers

“I level-headed myself.” That’s Trey Landers simple, but linguistically-styled explanation for how he got himself from being buried on the bench last year to becoming a driving force for the Dayton Flyers this season, especially Saturday night when he scored 15 points in the first 11 minutes of the game and finished with a career-high 26 to lead UD to an 80-70 victory over Fordham...
Junior college guard commits to Dayton

Junior college guard commits to Dayton

Jhery Matos, a 6-foot-6 guard from Monroe College, a junior college in Bronx, N.Y., announced his verbal commitment to the Dayton Flyers on Sunday, one day after visiting campus and sitting behind the bench during a game against Fordham at UD Arena. Matos is a native of the Dominican Republic. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Matos made his announcement on Twitter. He thanked God and his...
Dayton notes: Fordham’s Chartouny has career high at UD Arena

Dayton notes: Fordham’s Chartouny has career high at UD Arena

The Dayton Flyers have a habit of allowing the opposing team’s best player to compile career-best or season-high numbers — Virginia Commonwealth’s Justin Tillman, who had 37 points against Dayton on Feb. 10, being one recent example. On Saturday, Fordham’s Joseph Chartouny took his turn. The junior guard from Montreal, Quebec, scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting...
Walk-on Westerfield earns meaningful minutes for Dayton

Walk-on Westerfield earns meaningful minutes for Dayton

John Crosby didn’t see the court Saturday for the Dayton Flyers. Neither did Xeyrius Williams. That wasn’t as surprising as the fact that walk-on guard Jack Westerfield moved ahead of them in the rotation, at least in this game. Westerfield, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Cincinnati, played two minutes in the first half and another minute in the second half in an 80-70 victory against...
Dayton extends winning streak over Fordham to 14 games

Dayton extends winning streak over Fordham to 14 games

If there’s such a thing as a must-win for a team battling to stay out of last place, this was it for the Dayton Flyers. A loss to Fordham, which had lost 13 straight games to Dayton and had never won at UD Arena, could have sent this season into the type of downward spiral not seen in Dayton for decades. Instead, the Flyers stuck to the script Saturday. They are a different team at home. If...
Dayton holds off late rally by Fordham to stop two-game skid

Dayton holds off late rally by Fordham to stop two-game skid

The Dayton Flyers overcame a lengthy cold spell in the second half to beat Fordham 80-70 on Saturday at UD Arena. Dayton led 70-51 with nine minutes to play. Fordham went on a 17-2 run to get as close as four points before the Flyers put the game away. A layup by Jordan Davis ended an almost seven-minute stretch in which Dayton didn’t make a field goal and scored all its points at the line....
Dayton to honor three seniors at UD Arena on Sunday

Dayton to honor three seniors at UD Arena on Sunday

The Dayton Flyers will honor three seniors who have scored 2,383 points — Jenna Burdette, JaVonna Layfield and Alex Harris — on Sunday in the second-to-last home game of the season against Fordham. The stretch run of the final season for the three has come fast, Layfield said Thursday. She expects the 2 p.m. game to be emotional and intense. “We’ll be driven because we know...
Toppin brings energy to the bench for Dayton

Toppin brings energy to the bench for Dayton

Obadiah Toppin hasn’t played a minute for the Dayton Flyers this season, and he won’t. He’s sitting out the season as an academic redshirt. Anyone who has watched Dayton play at UD Arena, however, and paid any attention to the players at the end of the bench has gotten a glimpse into the type of player Toppin could be next season. He stands out in any photo taken of the bench...
Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

Sports Today: Buckeyes blasted while big opportunity comes for Wright State

For the second time this season, Penn State basketball made Ohio State basketball look bad.  This is a strange sentence anytime but particularly so this season of resurgence for the Buckeyes.  That’s not to say Penn State is not a quality team. The Nittany Lions should make the NCAA tournament if they can win just another game or two between now and Selection Sunday.  Ohio...
Dayton flirting with last place as Fordham comes to town

Dayton flirting with last place as Fordham comes to town

Dayton announced Wednesday it had sold out its game Saturday night against Fordham. Even for a program that ranks in the top 25 in attendance every season, that was somewhat surprising news. Fordham isn’t a rival or even the most exciting Rams team in the Atlantic 10 or, for that matter, the second most exciting Rams team (after VCU). Dayton also hasn’t thrilled the Flyer Faithful in recent...
Fordham at Dayton: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Fordham at Dayton: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Fordham (9-16, 4-9) at Dayton (11-14, 5-8) When: 7 p.m., Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.6 Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.4 Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.9 Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.9 Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.3 Prokop Slanina, 6-10, Jr., F, 11.9 Ivan Raut, 6-7, Fr., F, 9.1 Perris Hicks, 6-1, Sr.,...
Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant compared George Mason star Otis Livingston II to Massachusetts guard Luwane Pipkins on Monday, and he turned out to be more right than he could have wanted to be. Pipkins burned the Flyers twice earlier this season, and Livingston dominated Dayton on Wednesday, scoring 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in an 85-67 victory against the Flyers at EagleBank Arena. "...
Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot started walking toward each other for the post-game handshake Wednesday when officials started blowing their whistles because one-tenth of a second remained on the clock. The officials made Duquesne in-bound the ball just to run out the time, extending the misery for the Dukes, who ran into a team that has looked like one of the best...
Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Freshman guard Jordan Davis rebounded from his worst shooting performance of the season with one of his best, helping lead the Dayton Flyers to an 88-73 victory Wednesday against Duquesne at UD Arena. Davis made 1 of 8 shots from the field and scored 3 points Saturday in an 86-82 double-overtime loss at Massachusetts. He made 7 of 8 shots in this game, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, and finished with...
U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

Stickers from close to 40 colleges plaster the door to the guidance counselor’s office at Holy Name High School. The winged “D” logo from the University of Dayton adorns one side. One student played a large role in bringing college basketball coaches — former Dayton coach Archie Miller and current Dayton coach Anthony Grant among them — from many of the schools represented...
Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Davidson freshman Kellan Grady lofted a shot toward the rafters at UD Arena. His half-court desperation heave looked good on the way but clanged off the backboard. It wouldn’t have counted anyway. The officials saw Grady release the ball after the buzzer, waving it off when the ball was still in the air. With that, the Dayton Flyers returned to .500 with their third victory against a team sitting...
Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Tennessee Tech junior Courtney Alexander provided the most lasting image Wednesday at UD Arena, showing off an underhanded free-throw form that would make grandmas everywhere proud. Granny-style free-throw shooting is a rare thing, and a crowd of 12,976 took notice. Dayton’s fans reserved most of their cheers for their team, of course. Dayton took control of the game with a 15-0 run in the first...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

Who: Akron (2-0) at Dayton (2-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO OLD DOMINION GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Game story | Davis blossoming | Notes Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 22.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like adornments on his lobes. A 6-foot-1 freshman from...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

The non-conference scheduling strategy for the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program will not change in the Anthony Grant era. Dayton still wants to play four teams, outside its annual exempt tournament, every season that it expects will compete for NCAA tournament berths. “We’ve got to play the best teams we can beat in the non-conference,” said Athletic Director Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

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....
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.
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