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Dayton’s Benjamin falls in first round of NCAA tennis tournament

Dayton Flyers junior Jordan Benjamin recorded a victory in the first set but fell short of an upset in the first round of the NCAA tennis championship on Wednesday morning at Wake Forest University. Benjamin lost 7-6 (5), 1-6, 3-6 to Tulane senior Constantin Schmitz, the 15th-ranked player in the nation. Benjamin finished the season 20-2 in singles play. Benjamin became the first Dayton tennis...
Dayton’s Benjamin to play Tulane senior in first round of NCAA championships

Dayton’s Benjamin to play Tulane senior in first round of NCAA championships

Dayton Flyers junior Jordan Benjamin will face Tulane senior Constantin Schmitz at 8 a.m.  Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA tennis championship at Wake Forest University. The bracket was announced Tuesday. Benjamin will be the first UD tennis player to play in the national tournament. Benjamin finished the regular season 16-0 in dual matches. He’s 20-1 overall in singles play...
Dayton offers scholarship to center in 2021 class

Dayton offers scholarship to center in 2021 class

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Franck Kepnang, a 6-foot-10 center in the class of 2021, according to a report by Andrew Slater. Kepnang plays for The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. He also has offers from La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth and Fordham, according to VerbalCommits.com. Kepnang is a native of Cameroon, according to the New England Recruiting Report. This is the second scholarship...
Giannis Antetokounmpo on his brother: ‘Kostas can be really good’

Giannis Antetokounmpo on his brother: ‘Kostas can be really good’

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, seeking to become the first UD player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, worked out for NBA scouts Thursday on the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago. Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to the combine and the only one from the Atlantic 10 Conference, measured 6-foot-9 without shoes. He was the fifth-tallest player of the forwards. He...
Dayton loses women’s basketball assistant coach to N.C. State

Dayton loses women’s basketball assistant coach to N.C. State

Simon Harris, the only person to sit on the bench for the Dayton men’s and women’s basketball teams during their Elite Eight runs in 2014 and 2015, has left Shauna Green’s staff for a job at his alma mater. Harris will join North Carolina State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore’s staff as an assistant coach. Harris played two seasons at N.C. State from 2007-09 after...
Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

The ACC is proposing a change to the NCAA tournament that is dumb and unnecessary.  Per reports, members of the once-proud basketball conference that sold its soul for football several years back would like to see four more teams make the Big Dance each spring, bringing the total number to 72.  ACC commissioner John Swofford says this would create a second First Four, though it would not...
ACC coaches want to expand NCAA tournament and add second First Four

ACC coaches want to expand NCAA tournament and add second First Four

The Atlantic Coast Conference wants to expand the NCAA tournament from 68 to 72 teams and add a second First Four. According to reports Thursday, the ACC voted at its annual meeting to propose legislation to the NCAA to expand the tournament. The idea came from the conference’s 15 men’s basketball coaches. "The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic," Swofford...
Former Flyers teaming up again for shot at $2 million first prize

Former Flyers teaming up again for shot at $2 million first prize

Three former Dayton Flyers, all of whom were members of the Elite Eight team in 2014, will play together in The Basketball Tournament for the second straight year. Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre will play for the Broad Street Brawlers. Last year, the team advanced to the second round. The Basketball Tournament is a 72-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of...
Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

The Dayton Agonis Club honored five area athletes and one coach during its 65th annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering on Wednesday night. Receiving various athlete awards were Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove, University of Dayton senior women’s basketball player Jenna Burdette, Wright State senior men’s basketball...
Date announced for Dayton’s game against Tulsa in December

Date announced for Dayton’s game against Tulsa in December

The Dayton Flyers will play Tulsa on Dec. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The matchup was officially announced Wednesday. The game will be part of the annual Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. The event features two other games: Rhode Island vs. West Virginia and Drexel vs. Quinnipiac.  “It’s an opportunity to play a quality opponent in Tulsa at a venue that...
How Anthony Grant’s early recruiting compares to previous Dayton Flyers coaches

How Anthony Grant’s early recruiting compares to previous Dayton Flyers coaches

The last four Dayton Flyers coaches began their tenures in Dayton in vastly different situations. In 1994, Oliver Purnell took over a program that had won a total of 10 games the previous two seasons. Nine years later, Brian Gregory inherited a team that had won 24 games the previous season and returned three double-digit scorers. When Archie Miller took over in 2011, Dayton had a stable program with...
Dayton football’s recruiting class includes players from nine states

Dayton football’s recruiting class includes players from nine states

The first thing that stands out to coach Rick Chamberlin about the Dayton Flyers football recruiting class in 2018 is the size. The 26-man class is the smallest in years. Dayton had a 35-man class in 2017 and 38, 36, 38 and 28 players in the previous seasons. “It wasn’t that we couldn’t get anybody,” said Chamberlin on Tuesday when Dayton announced the list of recruits. &ldquo...
Alter senior among 26 Dayton football recruits

Alter senior among 26 Dayton football recruits

The Dayton Flyers football program announced its 2018 recruiting class Tuesday. The list includes 26 players. They come from as close as Alter High School and from as far away as Simi Valley, Calif. Of the 26 players, 16 were captains of their high school teams, and 21 received all-conference honors. Here’s the full list: • Jack Albers, QB, 6-0, 180, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) •...
Dayton Flyers: Second offseason a busy one for Shauna Green

Dayton Flyers: Second offseason a busy one for Shauna Green

Three Atlantic 10 Conference championships — two in the regular season and one in the tournament — plus two NCAA tournament berths in two years earned Dayton Flyers coach Shauna Green a contract extension last week. Green’s new deal lasts through 2024. If she remains with the Flyers that long, she’ll have coached eight seasons, tying her for the second-longest tenure in school...
Dayton women’s basketball program will travel to Italy this summer

Dayton women’s basketball program will travel to Italy this summer

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team will play three games against professional players in Italy in August during its first overseas trip since 2013. Dayton coach Shauna Green said the team will visit Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como in a trip that lasts from Aug. 5-15. The Flyers took a similar trip in August 2013 with stops in Rome, Venice, Pisa, Lake Como and Verona. “It&rsquo...
Three-star 2019 recruit from Pennsylvania earns offer from Dayton

Three-star 2019 recruit from Pennsylvania earns offer from Dayton

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Maceo Austin, a three-star recruit in the class of 2019. Austin announced the offer Saturday on Twitter. Austin is a 6-foot-5 guard from Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pa., which is just across the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, northeast of Youngstown. Austin is the 35th-ranked shooting guard in the nation, according to 247Sports.com, and ranks 187th...
Dayton announces contract extension for women’s coach Shauna Green

Dayton announces contract extension for women’s coach Shauna Green

The University of Dayton has extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Shauna Green to 2024. »ARCHDEACON: UD women’s coaching winning on the court, and in life Green has guided the Flyers to a 45-17 record, back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and three Atlantic 10 championships (two regular season, one tournament) in two years at Dayton. “Shauna has done an outstanding...
Dayton tennis player thrilled to qualify for NCAA championships

Dayton tennis player thrilled to qualify for NCAA championships

Jordan Benjamin learned earlier this year no Dayton Flyers tennis player had every qualified for the NCAA championships. Until that point in his junior year, he just assumed someone had done it. When he learned otherwise, he set a goal of becoming the first. On May 3, the NCAA posted the names of the 65 individual qualifiers. Dayton coach Ryan Meyer saw the list first and called Benjamin with the...
Grant excited about future of Dayton basketball

Grant excited about future of Dayton basketball

Coach Anthony Grant visited the WHIO Radio studios on Friday morning to talk with the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, about the numerous offseason developments with the Dayton Flyers as well as promote the basketball camps being held on UD’s campus this summer. Since the season ended March 8, Dayton has seen five players decide to leave the program to transfer to another college or...
Dayton offers scholarship to 2021 recruit from Florida

Dayton offers scholarship to 2021 recruit from Florida

Recruiting for the 2021 class has already begun for the Dayton Flyers. Wesley Cardet, a 6-foot-5 guard from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Fla., just north of Fort Lauderdale, received a scholarship offer Wednesday, according to multiple reports. He’s the first player in the class of 2021 to receive an offer from Dayton. Cardet received an offer from the Florida Gators on Tuesday. Dayton...
Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

For all the stuff we talk about every day in the sports world, games pretty much always come down to who has the ball in their hands.  That’s what we’re focusing on today thanks to Anthony Grant opening up to David Jablonski about his emphasis on building backcourt depth for the future of Dayton basketball.  Not only are the Flyers scheduled to be deep in the backcourt in two...
Former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo works out with Raptors

Former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo works out with Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo was one of four players who worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, the team announced. The Raptors worked out three other players: Giddy Potts (Middle Tennessee State), Joe Chealey (Charleston) and Alan Herndon (Wyoming). » RELATED: What Dayton’s roster looks like now Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to...
Grant: Dayton improves ‘play-making ability’ with addition of Chatman

Grant: Dayton improves ‘play-making ability’ with addition of Chatman

The phone calls came fast for Rodney Chatman after he announced his decision to leave the Chattanooga Mocs on May 2. Numerous colleges, including Virginia Tech and Dayton, contacted the 6-foot-1 point guard. He knew enough about the Dayton Flyers — including the fact that they played in four straight NCAA tournaments from 2014-17 — to pay close attention to that call. “Dayton was...
Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

And so it is done: Joe Burrow is leaving Ohio State.  That means Urban Meyer’s offense will belong to Dwayne Haskins Jr. this fall barring something unforeseen.  Hopefully it works out for everyone.  There’s a good chance it will given the talents of both, but it’s still a little said.  I have to admit I was rooting for Burrow to be Ohio State’s starter...
New Dayton recruit comes from basketball family

New Dayton recruit comes from basketball family

The newest Dayton Flyers recruit was a late bloomer. Rodney Chatman didn’t play organized basketball until he was 12. Even though he’s entering his junior year in college, he’s only 19. “I knew once he once hit 18 or 19, his game would take off,” said Chatman’s dad, Rodney. “I would tell all the college coaches that.” Chatman, a 6-foot-1 guard from Lithonia...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Newest Dayton recruit committed during photo shoot at UD

Newest Dayton recruit committed during photo shoot at UD

A number of schools reached out to Rodney Chatman when he announced his decision to leave Chattanooga. “Virginia Tech was very interested and wanted him to come up and visit,” said Chatman’s dad Rodney. In the end, the 6-foot-1 guard Chatman — he goes by Chatman III, and his dad is Chatman Jr. — visited only one school: the University of Dayton. It was the same story...
Dayton adds fifth member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds fifth member to 2018 recruiting class

Chattanooga transfer Rodney Chatman, a 6-foot-1 guard, announced Monday on Twitter he will play for the Dayton Flyers. He’s the fifth member of Dayton’s 2018 recruiting class. Chatman averaged 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season as a sophomore at Chattanooga. He shot 33.9 percent from 3-point range (43 of 127) and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line (93 of 119). He...
Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Well, that was fun while it lasted.  The Cincinnati Reds followed their first winning week of the season by getting swept by the Brewers and dropping two of three to a Marlins team that isn’t trying to win this season.  Not a great look, even for a bad team.  It’s tempting to say the past seven days were the most disappointing of 2018 so far, but of course they&rsquo...
Former Dayton forward invited to NBA Draft Combine

Former Dayton forward invited to NBA Draft Combine

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo was one of 69 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. YahooSports.com published the full list of players Friday. Antetokounmpo spent two years at the University of Dayton. He sat out his freshman season as a NCAA partial qualifier. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds and blocked 31 shots last season and...
Dayton tennis player makes school history

Dayton tennis player makes school history

University of Dayton junior Jordan Benjamin made school history Friday, earning one of the 64 spots in the NCAA men’s tennis singles championships. He’s the first Dayton tennis player to qualify. Benjamin, who was 16-0 in No. 1 singles play, earned the Atlantic 10 Conference’s automatic berth. He ranked 121st in the latest International Tennis Association Division I ranking, which...
Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

The phrase, “recruiting never stops,” is one of those that became a cliche because it’s true.  Whenever I sit down to do a recruiting roundup like the one I put up Wednesday, I inevitably find three times as much info as I was expecting.  I guess that’s a good sign Southwest Ohio is a great place to find talented players, though, so I’m certainly not going...
Dayton Flyers: Top 10 plays of 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers: Top 10 plays of 2017-18 season

The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball Twitter account posted videos of the top-10 plays of the 2017-18 season Wednesday. It was a reminder that even a 14-17 season that many fans would like to forget had a number of memorable moments, starting with the last basket of the first game of the year and ending with a milestone basket in the final game of the season. Jalen Crutcher led the team with assists...
Dayton offers scholarship to point guard from New Jersey

Dayton offers scholarship to point guard from New Jersey

The Dayton Flyers continued recruiting in the 2019 class this week, offering a scholarship to point guard Joshua Pierre-Louis, according to a report by Pat Lawless, of PrepCircuit.com. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Pierre-Louis is from North Arlington, N.J., just north of Newark. He will be a senior next season at Roselle Catholic High School. He also has scholarship offers from Hofstra, Cal State...
Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

This offseason has already done plenty for reviving that Ohio State-Indiana basketball rivalry.  Indiana coach Archie Miller snagged the most important recruit of his career Monday when five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford announced he will be a Hoosier.  Langford is the No. 6 recruit in the country and the top player in Indiana, ending a long streak of years of the best Hoosier State...
Dayton cornerback earns invitation to Redskins rookie minicamp

Dayton cornerback earns invitation to Redskins rookie minicamp

Dayton Flyers cornerback Christian Searles signed as undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins, UD announced Monday. He will attend the team’s rookie mini-camp May 11-13. Searles, a senior from Chicago, is the third Dayton cornerback in the last five years to get a chance with a NFL team. Kyle Sebetic attended training camp with the New York Giants in 2014. Cameron Stubbs signed as an...
Archdeacon: Flyer football players provide help to Dayton neighborhood in need

Archdeacon: Flyer football players provide help to Dayton neighborhood in need

For Annette Gibson-Strong, “The Color Purple” isn’t just a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and a popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was also the shade of a fresh coat of paint Saturday – thanks to several volunteers who worked on her Hopeland Street home, especially the University of Dayton football team – that brought her front porch...
Dayton AD: ‘Heavy lifting’ ahead for NCAA after commission’s report

Dayton AD: ‘Heavy lifting’ ahead for NCAA after commission’s report

The Commission on College Basketball, which was established in October to reform the game, released its report Wednesday. Its recommendations — including asking the NBA to abolish the one-and-done rule — didn’t impress everyone. In general, the headlines were not kind to Dr. Condoleeza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State who headed the commission, and the 13 other committee...
As 2018 recruiting continues for Dayton, 2019 also a focus

As 2018 recruiting continues for Dayton, 2019 also a focus

More than two months passed between the commitments of Jhery Matos and Frankie Policelli, the two most recent members of the class of 2018 to pick the Dayton Flyers. As they waited for the roster to take shape, Dayton fans grew more anxious by the day, hoping their team would get more help to improve their chances of bouncing back from a 14-17 season. Then, in a two-day span, coach Anthony Grant and...
Grant calls Michigan transfer Watson ‘a great addition’ for Dayton

Grant calls Michigan transfer Watson ‘a great addition’ for Dayton

Ibi Watson first received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Nov. 6, 2014. Archie Miller coached the Flyers then, and his program had reached the Elite Eight eight months earlier. That wasn’t enough for the Flyers to beat out Michigan, Indiana and others to land Watson, who committed to the Wolverines in July 2015, the summer before his senior year at Pickerington Central. However...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

The Dayton Flyers landed their fourth recruit in the 2018 class on Wednesday, announcing Michigan transfer Ibi Watson, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, will join the program. Watson, a graduate of Pickerington Central who attended Athens High School for his first two years, appeared in 45 games over the last two seasons with Michigan, receiving limited minutes each season. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

An ice storm prevented Frankie Policelli’s parents, Frank and Angie, from joining him on his official visit to the University of Dayton earlier this month. The Policellis live in New Hartford, N.Y., 50 miles east of Syracuse, but Frankie has attended Long Island Lutheran High School, 262 miles away, throughout his senior year. He had no trouble flying out of LaGuardia Airport in New York City...
Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning. Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft. The commission, chaired by...
Newest Dayton basketball recruit is a triplet

Newest Dayton basketball recruit is a triplet

The newest Dayton Flyers recruit, Frankie Policelli, turned 18 last week, his dad Frank said, and like every other birthday in his life, Frankie shared it with two other members of his family: his brother Niko and sister Amber. The Policellis are triplets. “It’s been quite an exciting, fast 18 years, I tell you that much,” said Frank Policelli, an attorney in Utica, N.Y. Frankie...
Former Flyer Xeyrius Williams ‘100 percent, all in’ on Akron Zips

Former Flyer Xeyrius Williams ‘100 percent, all in’ on Akron Zips

Xeyrius Williams believes he has found the perfect spot to finish his college basketball career. The former Dayton Flyers forward and Wayne High School graduate verbally committed to the University of Akron on Monday, picking the Zips over Kent State after visiting both schools in recent weeks. “Akron really, really just won me over,” Williams said. &ldquo...
Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Sports Today: Reds get some managerial magic for at least one night

Chalk one up for Jim Riggleman.  The interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds moved Scott Schebler up to the leadoff spot, and the offense promptly exploded for 10 runs in a victory over the Braves.  Schebler was a big part of it, going 2 fo 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.  He hit the first Reds home run in a week and made Riggleman look pretty smart.  Not that I get the...
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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