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Dayton Flyers to open season on a Wednesday

Two more non-conference games for the Dayton Flyers have become known in recent days. The University of North Florida published its non-conference schedule on its website, and its first game is at Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 7. That will be the 2018-19 season opener for both teams. The first day teams can play is Nov. 6. The NCAA moved up the start date from Friday to Tuesday this season so the teams...
Dayton’s Mikesell looks forward to running onto court at UD Arena again

Dayton’s Mikesell looks forward to running onto court at UD Arena again

Ryan Mikesell remembers the feeling of running out of the tunnel at UD Arena with his teammates before games. He also won’t forget his emotions walking out of that same tunnel, trailing the rest of the Dayton Flyers, as he did 16 times last season. “I was in my own mini-depression,” said Mikesell, a 6-foot-7 forward from St. Henry, on Wednesday during an interview at UD’s Cronin...
Scoochie Smith helps Cavaliers advance to semifinals of NBA Summer League tournament

Scoochie Smith helps Cavaliers advance to semifinals of NBA Summer League tournament

Scoochie Smith’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League will continue for at least one more game. Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, had 10 points, two assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes Sunday as the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 82-68 in the quarterfinals of the Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The Cavaliers will play the Los Angeles Lakers...
Scoochie Smith helps lead Cavaliers to Summer League quarterfinals

Scoochie Smith helps lead Cavaliers to Summer League quarterfinals

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith turned in his best performance so far Saturday in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. His tie-breaking 3-pointer with 4:21 to play gave the Cavs the lead for good...
Mavericks excited about potential of former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo

Mavericks excited about potential of former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday after the team’s final game in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. Antetokounmpo, the last pick in the NBA Draft in June and the first Dayton player drafted since 1990, had 10 points in a 96-92 victory over the Washington Wizards. He made 3 of 4 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws...
Dayton’s Cunningham poised for big senior season

Dayton’s Cunningham poised for big senior season

Josh Cunningham doesn’t feel like the old man on the Dayton Flyers roster. He’s a fifth-year senior but a relatively young one in that he turns 22 on Aug. 11. With an August birthday, he was always one of the youngest kids in his class. Now the Chicago native Cunningham feels he’s “kind of in the right grade.” Entering his third year on the court with the Flyers and his...
Dayton’s Landers says Flyers showing more urgency, intensity in offseason

Dayton’s Landers says Flyers showing more urgency, intensity in offseason

Trey Landers watched the entire NBA Draft in June, hoping to see his friend and former teammate, Kostas Antetokounmpo, get selected at some point. When the Dallas Mavericks drafted Antetokounmpo with the 60th and final pick, Landers said, “I was calling him, and he was calling me at the same time. He was excited, but he was more in shock than anything.” The Wayne grad Landers and...
Dayton coach Anthony Grant: Donnie Jones ‘will fit extremely well on our staff’

Dayton coach Anthony Grant: Donnie Jones ‘will fit extremely well on our staff’

The University of Dayton announced the hiring of Donnie Jones, 52, as an assistant men’s basketball coach Thursday. He joins the staff of second-year Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant. Jones and Grant first coached together in 1994 at Marshall under Billy Donovan. “I’m excited to announce the addition of Donnie Jones to our staff,” Grant said in a press release. He brings...
Defense a focus for Dayton Flyers in offseason workouts

Defense a focus for Dayton Flyers in offseason workouts

The Dayton Flyers held their first team workout earlier this summer after the second summer session of classes began. The word of the day then — as it will be most of the offseason — was defense. From the start of the first practice, coach Anthony Grant emphasized how important it will be for the Flyers to improve on defense in his second season. “We were not a very good defensive...
Dayton veterans give first impressions of new Flyers

Dayton veterans give first impressions of new Flyers

A video posted to the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball Facebook page on Tuesday showed the team in action at the Cronin Center. In the opening shot of the behind-the-scenes glimpse at the team, the players gather around coach Anthony Grant, who tells them, “We’ve got to get to where we understand it. We’ve got to get to where we buy into it.” Ever since he arrived at Dayton...
Dayton’s Darrell Davis will start pro career in Europe

Dayton’s Darrell Davis will start pro career in Europe

Former Dayton Flyers guard Darrell Davis will start his professional basketball career in Hungary. SZTE-Szedeak announced the signing of Davis on Tuesday. The team plays in Szeged, the third-largest city in Hungary. According to the team’s website, Davis will start practicing with the team on Aug. 13. Davis, who graduated in the spring, and walk-on guard Joey Gruden, who earned his degree last...
Obi One? Dayton announces player numbers for 2018-19 season

Obi One? Dayton announces player numbers for 2018-19 season

The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball roster was updated on the UD website Friday, displaying uniform numbers for some players for the first time. Redshirt freshman forward Obadiah Toppin, who was No. 12 last season, will wear No. 1, which Darrell Davis wore the last four seasons. Toppin appears to be fully embracing the “Obi One” nickname with his choice. He wore the same number...
Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Just under four months remain until the start of the 2018-19 college basketball season. Teams can begin play Nov. 6. That’s a Tuesday. Past seasons began Fridays. A new NCAA rule pushed up the start date, and Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in April UD would probably take advantage of the early start date. While fans may not get to see the Flyers before then — the renovation...
NBA Summer League update: Antetokounmpo shows shot-blocking ability

NBA Summer League update: Antetokounmpo shows shot-blocking ability

Kostas Antetokounmpo received his most significant playing time of the NBA Summer League on Monday and showed glimpses of the potential Dayton Flyers fans saw at times throughout the 2017-18 season. In 14 minutes, Antetokounmpo blocked three shots for the Dallas Mavericks in a 91-71 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, Nev. He also had seven rebounds and two steals. He made 1 of 4...
Report: Wichita State assistant to join Grant’s staff at Dayton

Report: Wichita State assistant to join Grant’s staff at Dayton

Donnie Jones, who worked with Anthony Grant at Marshall and Florida, will join Grant’s staff as an assistant coach with the Dayton Flyers, according to a report by Jeff Goodman on Monday. Dayton has not officially announced the hiring. Jones would replace James Kane, who left Dayton in June after one season for Iowa State. Jones and Grant worked together at Marshall on Billy Donovan’s...
Report: Former Dayton guard finds new home in Europe

Report: Former Dayton guard finds new home in Europe

Former Dayton Flyers guard Brian Roberts will take his game to Spain next season. Roberts, 32, will play for Unicaja Malaga, according to a report by EuroHoops.net on Monday. Malaga is the sixth-largest city in Spain. Last year, Roberts played with Olympiacos B.C. in Piraeaus, Greece. He averaged 6.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 32 games. It was the first time Roberts played in Europe...
Former Dayton Flyers all see action on first night of NBA Summer League

Former Dayton Flyers all see action on first night of NBA Summer League

Three former Dayton Flyers combined for 10 points Friday on the first night of play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. Charles Cooke scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in 15 minutes as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 70-69 to the Denver Nuggets. He grabbed four rebounds. Scoochie Smith shot 0-for-3 from the floor and had one point, two rebounds and four assists in 10 minutes for the Cleveland...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
Kettering native named athletic director at Big 12 school

Kettering native named athletic director at Big 12 school

The University of Kansas hired Kettering native Jeff Long, a 1978 Fairmont East graduate, as director of athletics on Thursday. Long spent 10 years as the athletic director at Arkansas before being fired in December. At Kansas, he replaces Sheahon Zenger, who was fired in May after seven years. In 2014, Long told the Dayton Daily News he developed his love of sports growing up in Ohio...
Antetokounmpo on first NBA practice: ‘I loved it’

Antetokounmpo on first NBA practice: ‘I loved it’

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo will play for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. The Mavericks start play at 9:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN) against the Phoenix Suns and then play the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. Sunday (NBA TV) and the Golden State Warriors at 7:30 p.m. Monday (NBA TV). Each team plays three games in the preliminary rounds before being seeded...
Former Dayton guard Cooke returns to NBA Summer League

Former Dayton guard Cooke returns to NBA Summer League

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. Cooke joins a roster that includes Rhode Island's Jared Terrell and Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop. Cooke also played with the Timberwolves in the Summer League last year but  signed a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans as an undrafted free agent. Cooke...
Dayton basketball: Want to learn to shoot the way Flyers do? Here’s how

Dayton basketball: Want to learn to shoot the way Flyers do? Here’s how

Dayton Flyers basketball coach Anthony Grant says the Steph Curry effect is real on young basketball players.  The success of the Golden State Warriors guard, who perhaps comes closer than anyone since Pete Maravich to displaying “in-the-gym range,” has led to lots of copycats.  Rather than worrying about breaking ankles like Allen Iverson or ripping down the rim with a vicious...
Scoochie Smith to play in NBA Summer League

Scoochie Smith to play in NBA Summer League

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. Play starts Friday. The Cavaliers announced their Summer League roster on Tuesday. Among the other players is their top draft pick, Collin Sexton, of Alabama. Cavaliers assistant coach James Posey, a former Xavier star, will coach the team. Here’s the Cavaliers&rsquo...
Dayton hires strength coach who worked last season at UConn

Dayton hires strength coach who worked last season at UConn

Hiring a new strength coach after the departure of Casey Cathrall ranked high on Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s list of priorities this summer. On June 21, he said there was a “sense of urgency” to find someone who could get to work with the players during the second summer session. On Monday, Dayton announced it had found its guy: Ed Streit, 29, who was the strength and...
What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

The Dayton Flyers basketball veterans are back in the gym.  So are the freshmen and the transfers.  So how are things going so far this summer at UD?  Coach Anthony Grant provided us with an update after the first week of summer workouts (See video above).  In short, he likes what he has seen so far, but he cautioned it is early, especially from a team perspective.  The better...
Dayton offers scholarship to 2019 center from Pennsylvania

Dayton offers scholarship to 2019 center from Pennsylvania

Olanrewaju Olamuyiwa, a 6-foot-10 center originally from Nigeria, announced a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Thursday. He’s a class of 2019 recruit. Olamuyiwa played at McDowell High School in Erie, Pa., last season. According to YourErie.com, he will transfer to St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, N.J., for his senior year. He told PittsburghSportsNow.com last October...
Recruiting roundup: Taking stock of who Dayton is pursuing

Recruiting roundup: Taking stock of who Dayton is pursuing

The recruiting never stops in college basketball. It’s hard to keep track of all the players the Dayton Flyers are recruiting. While most of the focus has been on the 2019 class, the 2020 class also became more important earlier this month because coaches could make direct contact with rising juniors starting June 15. Dayton even has a couple of offers out for 2021. It’s not as far away...
Dayton offers scholarship to 2020 recruit from Dominican Republic

Dayton offers scholarship to 2020 recruit from Dominican Republic

Dayton Flyers coaches handed their latest 2020 scholarship offer — the third of the week — to Bayron Matos-Garcia, of the Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn. The school announced the offer on Twitter on Tuesday. The Florida Gators offered Matos-Garcia, a 6-foot-8 forward, on the same day. It was his first scholarship offer. Matos-Garcia is originally from the Dominican...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
Dayton men’s basketball starts new tradition for graduates

Dayton men’s basketball starts new tradition for graduates

The Dayton Flyers started a new tradition this month. Former members of the men’s basketball team who have also graduated from the University of Dayton are invited to sign the “Alumni Board” when returning to campus. The board is a small chunk of a basketball court with the Dayton logo in the middle. It’s hung on a wall inside the men’s basketball offices at the...
Dayton offers scholarship to 2020 recruit from Cleveland area

Dayton offers scholarship to 2020 recruit from Cleveland area

The Dayton Flyers stayed in state with their latest offer to the class of 2020. John Hugley, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Brush High School in Lyndhurst, just east of Cleveland, announced Monday he received a scholarship offer from Dayton. Hugley shared a photo on Twitter of himself at Dayton on June 18 with Dayton freshman guard Dwayne Cohill, another Cleveland-area recruit, and his high school...
Dayton offers scholarship to Centerville junior

Dayton offers scholarship to Centerville junior

Mo Njie, a 6-foot-8 forward from Centerville High School, announced Monday he has received an offer from the Dayton Flyers. Njie, who averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in limited minutes as a sophomore, will be a junior at Centerville. He’s one of several 2020 recruits to pick up offers from Dayton in recent weeks. Xavier offered Njie a scholarship last week. In April, Njie told PrepHoops...
Three newest members of Dayton women’s basketball team arrive on campus

Three newest members of Dayton women’s basketball team arrive on campus

The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4. “Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait...
EXCLUSIVE: Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant talks about importance of next phase of offseason

EXCLUSIVE: Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant talks about importance of next phase of offseason

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship with his family watching in the stands. Grant and his wife and kids all got to pose with the trophy after the United States Under-18 team beat Canada 113-74 in the championship game June 16 in St. Catharines, Ont. The family watched the final three games of the tournament and even found time to visit Niagara Falls...
Former Flyer Antetokounmpo first A-10 player drafted since 2016

Former Flyer Antetokounmpo first A-10 player drafted since 2016

The last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft had a special message Thursday for the last pick of the 2018 draft. “Whoever is drafted 60th tonight call me right after,” wrote Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas on Twitter. “LOL. I’ll give you the formula to get right!” Nine hours later, after the Dallas Mavericks selected Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo with...
NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

NBA Draft: Where 3 locals landed and what’s next for them

Following the NBA draft live doesn’t appeal to me much because so much changes from moment to moment.  Of course there’s a great drama factor involved, but these days i don’t have much trouble finding that anywhere so I spent more time watching the Reds beat the Cubs and Kayla Harrison win her first MMA fight.  Even if you watched the NBA draft for a while last night, there&rsquo...
Kostas Antetokounmpo: Five things to know about Mavericks draft pick

Kostas Antetokounmpo: Five things to know about Mavericks draft pick

Kostas Antetokounmpo has heard the word potential attached to his name for years. That comes with the territory when your brother is one of the best players in the world and you have similar height and wingspan. “A lot of people tell me I have potential,” Antetokounmpo said last November after the second game of his short Dayton Flyers career, “but I have to keep working.”...
Dayton draft drought ends as Antetokounmpo chosen with last pick

Dayton draft drought ends as Antetokounmpo chosen with last pick

A 28-year drought ended for the Dayton Flyers on Thursday as the Dallas Mavericks selected Kostas Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 forward, with the 30th and last pick of the second round in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the 60th player chosen overall. Antetokounmpo, 20, is the first Dayton player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990. The Phoenix Suns drafted Knight in the...
Dayton’s Anthony Grant reflects on winning gold, talks about offseason plans for Flyers

Dayton’s Anthony Grant reflects on winning gold, talks about offseason plans for Flyers

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant returned to Dayton earlier this week after helping coach the United States U-18 team to gold in the FIBA Americas Championship. Grant spoke on Thursday about his experiences at the tournament in Saint Catharines, Ont., and his thoughts on Dayton’s offseason. Here’s a quick recap of the conversation. There will be more to follow this weekend. On winning...
Antetokounmpo’s ‘high ceiling’ makes him a potential draft pick

Antetokounmpo’s ‘high ceiling’ makes him a potential draft pick

A eventful 12 months for former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo continues Thursday when he hopes to hear his name called in the NBA Draft. It’s Antetokounmpo’s potental — not his production at Dayton during his one season on the court — that makes him a potential second-round pick. “Kostas has a high ceiling,” said former Dayton assistant coach James...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
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...
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