Dayton Flyers: A look at 2017-18 roster

Signing of Svoboda leaves UD with three open scholarships


Highlights

Dayton has 10 players on the roster, but still needs a point guard.

The music stopped for the Dayton Flyers on March 17. A non-stop push for greatness ended with a quick exit from the NCAA tournament.

Fans hoping for a quiet offseason, something they haven’t enjoyed in years, didn’t have to wait long to see their dreams dashed. Indiana hired Archie Miller on March 25, ending Miller’s six-year run at Dayton. Five days later, Dayton found its new coach, 1987 UD grad Anthony Grant. On April 1, UD introduced Grant in a press conference at UD Arena.

MORE

Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

Dayton coaches hitting recruiting trail hard

In the last month, Grant has worked on getting to know his new team and building a team for the future. Two recruits, McKinley Wright and Nahziah Carter, were released from their national letters of intent. Wright signed with Colorado. One player, sophomore point guard John Crosby, announced he’s transferring, leaving the team without a point guard for the moment. Three members of the 2017 recruiting class are sticking with Dayton.

Here’s a quick glance at Dayton’s 2017-18 roster as it stands now. Dayton has three scholarships open.

Potential starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G: Davis made tremendous strides as a defender this season. He also regained his outside shooting touch. He shot 29.1 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore and 38.5 percent as a junior. He struggled to finish shots at the rim, however, shooting 23.8 percent from 2-point range.

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F: Cunningham spent most of the season working hard to get back on the court after tearing a ligament in his ankle in the second game. He wasn’t the same player when he returned as he was at the start, but without him, the Flyers likely would have fallen short of winning their first Atlantic 10 outright championship. With a full offseason of work, he should develop into a solid starter.

Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F: The Wayne grad was Dayton’s most improved player and one of most improved players in the A-10. His scoring average jumped from 2.0 to 8.2. He shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range.

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, Jr., F: The St. Henry grad played a much bigger role as a sophomore. His minutes climbed from 8.0 to 20.8 per game. He needs to improve on the defensive end and should do so with another offseason of strength training. He showed a knack for being in the right place on offense. He shot 53.5 percent from 2-point range.

Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F: Antetokounmpo’s debut will be one of the most anticipated in recent UD history. He sat out last season as a NCAA partial qualifier. Former assistant coach Tom Ostrom said he made major strides after starting to practice with the team in the second semester.

Other returners

Sam Miller, 6-9, Jr., F: Miller saw his minutes decline when Cunningham returned to action. He rarely saw action down the stretch unless Cunningham or Pollard got into foul trouble. To develop into an effective player, he’ll have to continue to transform his body so he can become a better rebounder and defender. Miller broke his ankle on the same day Grant was introduced as head coach, so he’ll have to focus on getting healthy before he can get back on the court.

Trey Landers, 6-4, So., G: The Wayne grad never got a chance to show what he can do as a freshman. He saw brief action in nine games, none after Feb. 14. He has the physical tools to contribute. He’s recovering from sports hernia surgery but should get a chance to play as a sophomore.

Newcomers

Jordan Davis, 6-4, Fr., G: The first player in the class of 2017 to commit to the Flyers, Davis was the Class 5A Player of the Year in South Carolina. He averaged 19 points and six rebounds for Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C. He was also the first player to announce he was sticking with Dayton after the hiring of Grant.

Jordan Pierce, 7-0, Fr., C: The center from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J., will bring size to a team that lacked it last season. He averaged 11.2 points in 23 games. Grant announced Monday Pierce told him he was staying with Dayton. Pierce confirmed the same on Tuesday but said he has not announced anything publicly.

Matej Svoboda, 6-7, Fr, F: UD announced the signing of the Czech Republic native on Monday. He was originally recruited by former UD assistant coach Tom Ostrom. He’ll be the ninth foreign-born player to play at UD, the fourth from Europe and the first from the Czech Republic. Svoboda averaged 19.0 points at the FIBA U-20 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their first 3-0 start in three years when they face the Carolina Panthers on the road Sunday. The Bengals opened the 2015 season 8-0 and went on to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year but haven’t been back since. This season already feels much different than a year ago when they finished 7-9 for...
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy

J.T. Barrett broke almost all the school passing records the last four seasons, not to mention a bunch of Big Ten marks. The way he’s playing in his first season as a starter, Dwayne Haskins won’t stick around the college game long enough to challenge any career marks. Haskins continued to compile stats worthy of the Heisman Trophy in his...
HS Roundup 9/22: Packnett paces Dunbar football in win over Woodward

Greg Packnett passed for 145 yards and three touchdowns in helping spur Dunbar football to a 22-20 win versus Woodward at Welcome Stadium on Saturday night. Packnett connected with James Murray and Bryce Smith on TD passes in the first half and hit Jaquan Lusbourgh with the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter. Aaron Richardson tacked on the...
HS Scores 9/22: Carroll finishes strong in Midwest Catholic race

Football Saturday’s Results Dunbar 22, Woodward 20 Landmark Christian 34, Middletown Christian 13 Friday’s Results Allen East 50, Delphos Jefferson 6 Alter 45, Fenwick 20 Anderson 47, Withrow 12 Badin 42, Roger Bacon 35, OT Bellbrook 21, Franklin 17 Bellefontaine 14, Ben Logan 6 Brookville 42, Carlisle 2 Butler 13, Xenia 7, OT Celina 42...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane

Ohio State rolled Tulane 49-6 on Saturday to end a rocky couple of months for the program.  So maybe it was only natural the state’s official rock song would be what brought Urban Meyer back to normal coaching the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.  “Between the third and fourth quarter, hearing the band play, ‘Hang on Sloopy.&rsquo...
More Stories