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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 adds third member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds third member to 2018 recruiting class

The Dayton Flyers added to their 2018 recruiting class on Monday as Frank Policelli announced his verbal commitment. Dayton offered Policelli a scholarship in January. He visited Dayton on April 15.  He’s a 6-foot-8 forward from Long Island Lutheran High School (N.Y.). “I would like to thank everyone who helped me along this journey since I was a kid,” Policelli wrote on...
Former Flyers forward Williams picks new school

Former Flyers forward Williams picks new school

Former Dayton Flyers forward Xeyrius Williams will play his final season of college basketball at the University of Akron. The Wayne High School graduate Williams announced his decision Monday. He will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and will finish his career with the Zips in the 2019-20 season. In posts to Twitter and Instagram, Williams thanked the Dayton fans who watched him play the last three...
Transfer from Vanderbilt joining Dayton women’s basketball program

Transfer from Vanderbilt joining Dayton women’s basketball program

Erin Whalen, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Charlotte, N.C., is transferring from Vanderbilt to the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program. Whalen said she told Dayton coach Shauna Green of her decision on Thursday. Dayton has not officially announced the news. “I am super excited about the opportunity,” Whalen told the Dayton Daily News on Friday. Whalen will have to sit out the...
Dayton hands out team awards: Cunningham named MVP

Dayton hands out team awards: Cunningham named MVP

The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team, which finished 14-17 last season in the first year for coach Anthony Grant, held its annual awards banquet Wednesday. Here’s a recap of the honors the players received: The redshirt junior from Chicago led the team in scoring (15.6 points per game) and ranked fifth in the nation in field-goal percentage (64.6). He made the All-Atlantic 10 third...
Phase two of UD Arena renovation may be the busiest

Phase two of UD Arena renovation may be the busiest

Phase two of the three-year, $72 million renovation of UD Arena will probably be the busiest of them all, arena director Scott DeBolt said. In some ways, it’s well underway because work continued throughout the 2017-18 basketball season. There was a gap after the First Four and before the Winter Guard International events in April in which important work was finished building the footers for...
Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Sports Today: No 2 potential NFL quarterbacks are created equally

Nothing represents the craziness of the NFL draft better than the juxtaposition of J.T. Barrett and Malik Zaire.  For the second time in their lives, the two quarterbacks are pretty much peers.  Five years after being four-star college football prospects, their potential in the pros is much more in doubt — even though virtually nothing about the intervening years is similar. ...
Dayton offers scholarship to Sidney High School guard

Dayton offers scholarship to Sidney High School guard

Sidney High School junior Andre Gordon received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday while visiting campus. Gordon, a two-sport standout who announced earlier this year he wouldn’t play football as a senior and has decided to transfer to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) for his senior year, announced the offer on Twitter. He posted a photo of himself with Dayton coach Anthony...
Report: Forward from Long Island Lutheran visiting Dayton this weekend

Report: Forward from Long Island Lutheran visiting Dayton this weekend

Frankie Policelli, a 2018 recruit from from Long Island Lutheran High School (N.Y.), is visiting the Dayton Flyers this weekend, according to a report by Adam Zagoria. Dayton offered a scholarship to Policelli, a 6-foot-8 small forward, in January. The Cincinnati Bearcats offered a scholarship on the same day. Maryland, Illinois, Texas Tech are among the other schools to offer Policelli scholarships...
Dayton’s Grant: ‘Everything’s fluid’ in college basketball recruiting

Dayton’s Grant: ‘Everything’s fluid’ in college basketball recruiting

The long march to next March has begun for the Dayton Flyers. The team’s instagram account has shared numerous photos and short videos in recent weeks of players working out at the Cronin Center. More than five months remain until the first game of the 2018-19 season, but the foundation of the season is being built now. “We’ve got workouts twice a week,” Dayton coach Anthony...
Former Dayton guard Kyle Davis has good experience in G League

Former Dayton guard Kyle Davis has good experience in G League

Kyle Davis described returning to the University of Dayton in much the same way as his former teammate, Scoochie Smith. In short, both players, whose names and accomplishments are now part of the Dayton basketball history book, said it felt different visiting campus. Smith and Davis, two of the four senior starters who graduated in 2017 and set a school record with 102 career victories, stopped by...
Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

Sports Today: How low can it go for Cincinnati Reds?

I can’t tell if the dreadfulness of the Cincinnati Reds’ first 10 games made the way they lost Wednesday night harder to take or easier.  There are 151 games left, but writing off this season is terrifyingly tempting.  Because what is there for these Reds to hang their hats on?  We know they are going to have nights when the pitching is bad. That’s a symptom of youth...
Dayton’s Grant on signing Jhery Matos: ‘He fits us really well’

Dayton’s Grant on signing Jhery Matos: ‘He fits us really well’

The Dayton Flyers signed Jhery Matos, a 6-foot-6 guard from Monroe College, on Wednesday, the first day of the April signing period. Matos verbally committed to Dayton on Feb. 18, one day after watching the Flyers beat Fordham at UD Arena. He’s originally from Villa Juana neighborhood of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. He averaged 17.7 points last season as a sophomore...
Dayton to play Tulsa in 2018-19 season

Dayton to play Tulsa in 2018-19 season

The Dayton Flyers will play Tulsa in the 2018-19 season, according to a source. It’s one of three non-conference games known at this point. According to Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com, who first reported the matchup, it will be played on a date to be announced in December at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The game will be part of a doubleheader that also features a game between...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds start goes from bad to worse

The start of the 2018 season could have gone worse for the Cincinnati Reds, though not by much.  They are not only 2-6 and in last place but the offense has been a big let-down, scoring three runs or less in five of those games.  Eugenio Suarez provided a big spark Saturday night with the game-tying and game-winning hits in a 7-4 victory then a Jameson Taillon pitch broke his thumb Sunday...
Reports: Kennesaw State transfer to visit Dayton

Reports: Kennesaw State transfer to visit Dayton

Kennesaw State transfer James Scott will visit the Dayton Flyers on April 28, according to reports by ESPN and 247Sports.com. Scott, a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Benedict’s Prep in Union, N.J., averaged 17.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season as a sophomore. He will have to sit out a season and has two years of eligibility remaining. Scott will visit Virginia Tech next weekend...
Report: Dayton contacts Colorado State transfer

Report: Dayton contacts Colorado State transfer

Add another name to the list of recruits the Dayton Flyers have contacted this spring: Colorado State transfer Prentiss Nixon, a 6-foot-1 guard. Dayton, Loyola Chicago, Creighton, Western Kentucky, Kansas State, Marquette, Toledo, Buffalo, Butler, and Northern Illinois have all reached out to Nixon, according to a report by Jake Weingarten, of StockRisers.com. Nixon, of Bolingbrook, Ill...
Archdeacon: Dayton football player honors late father by making most of life

Archdeacon: Dayton football player honors late father by making most of life

Statistics don’t always tell the story in sports and that’s especially the case with the Dayton Flyers junior punter Christopher Papalia. If you look at the numbers, you see he has punted just two times in his three-year career. And both of those kicks came in his very first game as a freshman. Since then he’s been the backup to fellow junior Sean Smith, who is a three-time All Pioneer...
Early A-10 preview: Saint Louis, George Mason among teams to watch

Early A-10 preview: Saint Louis, George Mason among teams to watch

Rhode Island was an easy choice for the preseason Atlantic 10 men’s basketball favorite last season and lived up to its billing, running away with the regular-season championship. Looking ahead to the 2018-19 season, there is no obvious favorite. Rhode Island lost four senior starters and its head coach. The second-place team, St. Bonaventure, lost its top two players. The tournament champion...
April recruiting period an important time for Dayton basketball

April recruiting period an important time for Dayton basketball

The opening day of the college basketball season moves from Friday to Tuesday in 2018. Teams can play their first game Nov. 6. If the Dayton Flyers start the second season of the Anthony Grant era that night at UD Arena, 244 days will have passed since they lost to Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10 tournament and ended the 2017-18 season with a 14-17 record. That’s a long time to wait...
Report: Dayton interested in grad transfer from Florida Gulf Coast

Report: Dayton interested in grad transfer from Florida Gulf Coast

The Dayton Flyers are one of a number of programs to have contacted Zach Johnson, a grad transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University, according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. Johnson is a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged 16.1 points per game, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season. He redshirted as a freshman in 2014-15 and has one year of eligibility remaining. As a grad transfer, he could...
Archdeacon: Flyers sports legends gone, but not forgotten

Archdeacon: Flyers sports legends gone, but not forgotten

On Easter Sunday, here’s a story about Calvary. Not the place outside Jerusalem where Christ is said to have been crucified, but the large Catholic cemetery on a hill here just off South Patterson Boulevard Tromping around Calvary on Friday afternoon after the rains stopped, you could see the brilliant yellow daffodils that lined the entrance, hear the chirping robins continually try to coax...
Dayton Flyers: Scoochie’s first year in pro hoops ends with successful G League stint

Dayton Flyers: Scoochie’s first year in pro hoops ends with successful G League stint

Scoochie Smith had just sat down for an interview at the Cronin Center, where the Dayton Flyers practice, when his old teammate, Jeremiah Bonsu, walked through the door Tuesday. They hugged. They posed for a photo together as they sometimes did on the bench late in games during their time with the Flyers. Minutes later, trainer Mike Mulcahey, who sat on the end of the bench throughout Smith&rsquo...
Dayton offers scholarship to recruit from Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dayton offers scholarship to recruit from Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship Wednesday to Tyler Bertram, a 6-foot-3 guard in the class of 2019. Bertram is a junior at Vermont Academy, a private boarding school in Saxtons River, Vt. A number of Atlantic 10 Conference schools — St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph’s, George Mason and Fordham — are among the programs recruiting Bertram. » 2019 RECRUITING: Sidney...
Dayton to return to Maui Invitational in 2019

Dayton to return to Maui Invitational in 2019

The Dayton Flyers will play in the Maui Invitational in 2019, the school announced Tuesday. It will be the program’s first appearance in the Hawaii tournament since 2013 and fourth appearance overall. Brigham Young, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and host Chaminade complete the field in the 36th Maui Invitational. The games will be played Nov. 25-27 at the Lahaina...
Dayton grad enjoying ‘absolutely crazy’ Final Four run with Loyola

Dayton grad enjoying ‘absolutely crazy’ Final Four run with Loyola

Four years ago, Bill Behrns watched his alma mater, the University of Dayton, slip on the Cinderella slippers in the NCAA tournament. He enjoyed the 2014 Elite Eight run more than most graduates because the Dayton Flyers never had a winning record in his four years as a student. Behrns enrolled at Dayton in 1990 and graduated with a sports management degree in 1994. The Flyers won 10 games in his...
Top-ranked junior-college recruit considering Dayton

Top-ranked junior-college recruit considering Dayton

The top-ranked junior-college player in the country is considering the Dayton Flyers. Wendell Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 guard at Trinity Valley Community College, listed Dayton among his top-five college choices in a Twitter post Sunday night. Texas A&M, Southern Methodist, San Diego State and Grand Canyon also made his list. Cincinnati, Memphis, Georgetown, Oregon and Maryland were among the other schools...
Twitter Reacts: Dayton fans comment on loss of five players

Twitter Reacts: Dayton fans comment on loss of five players

Dayton Flyers fans reacted with surprise, disappointment, confusion, glee and every other range of emotion on Thursday when Dayton announced three more players were leaving the program, meaning the team has lost five players since the end of the season. Xeyrius Williams, Matej Svoboda, Kostas Antetokounmpo, John Crosby and Jordan Pierce will continue their careers elsewhere. Here’s what the...
Antetokounmpo thanks Dayton after deciding to ‘start a new chapter’

Antetokounmpo thanks Dayton after deciding to ‘start a new chapter’

Kostas Antetokounmpo announced his departure from the University of Dayton on Twitter on Thursday night, hours after an official press release by the university. Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward, plans to explore his options in the NBA, Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Thursday. He left school with six weeks left in the semester. Antetokounmpo spent two years at UD. He committed...
Archdeacon: Dayton’s Grant focused on finding ‘right pieces’ after departures of five Flyers

Archdeacon: Dayton’s Grant focused on finding ‘right pieces’ after departures of five Flyers

The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school and left campus so he can pursue a pro career. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program so they could transfer to a different college program...
National sports site highlights UD St. Patrick’s Day crowds; police presence

National sports site highlights UD St. Patrick’s Day crowds; police presence

While crowds throwing rocks and clogging the streets during St. Patrick’s Day didn’t amuse the administration at the University of Dayton, Barstool Sports found the events amusing enough to put a story on its site. Headlined “Riot Police, A Running Of The Gingers And Girl Scout Cookies: University Of Dayton Absolutely Dominated St. Patrick's Day Weekend,” the story made light...
Three more players leaving Dayton basketball program

Three more players leaving Dayton basketball program

The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program so they could transfer elsewhere. The trio — whose departure was revealed Thursday afternoon by...
Atlantic 10 loses another high-profile coach

Atlantic 10 loses another high-profile coach

For the fourth time since 2015, the Atlantic 10 has lost one of its most successful coaches. Connecticut announced the hiring of Dan Hurley on Thursday. He spent six seasons at Rhode Island, compiling a record of 113-82 and leading the program to the A-10 tournament crown in 2017 and the regular-season title in 2018. The Rams reached the NCAA tournament his last two seasons after missing the big dance...
Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

With college basketball season in Ohio over, it’s time to gear up for baseball!  So naturally the story of yesterday was an injury to a Cincinnati Reds pitcher.  Before we get too far down the, “Here we go again” road, though, it sounds like Michael Lorenzen’s strained shoulder muscle isn’t too serious from a long-term perspective.  This being the Reds&rsquo...
Looking back: Celebrating fourth anniversary of Dayton’s win over Ohio State

Looking back: Celebrating fourth anniversary of Dayton’s win over Ohio State

A March Madness without the Dayton Flyers doesn’t seem right — not after the program reached new heights with four straight NCAA tournament appearances. Dayton’s season ended this season in the Atlantic 10 tournament with a 14-17 record, but played nine games in the big dance between 2014 and 2017. Of those games, the first one remains the most memorable. March 20 marks the fourth...
Dayton Flyers: A look at 2018-19 roster

Dayton Flyers: A look at 2018-19 roster

The departures of Xeyrius Williams, Matej Svoboda, Kostas Antetokounmpo, John Crosby and Jordan Pierce gave the Dayton Flyers coaches five open scholarships to work with this spring. With the verbal commitment of Frankie Policelli on Monday, nine of 13 currently filled. Here’s the glance at the 2018-19 roster, though it could change in the coming weeks as the recruiting continues. Note: Players...
Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Sports Today: College basketball’s strange new world could benefit Dayton, Ohio State

Dayton basketball made news yesterday with the entirely unsurprising report Matej Svoboda is leaving the program to return home to the Czech Republic.  That is nothing against him. He might yet turn out to be a quality basketball player for a long time.  However, he was not an Anthony Grant recruit to begin with, he’s older than the average college basketball freshman and various options...
Dayton has two scholarships open as another player leaves

Dayton has two scholarships open as another player leaves

Dayton Flyers freshman Matej Svoboda will leave the program after one season to return home to the Czech Republic, according to a source. Svoboda’s departure means Dayton has two scholarships open for the 2018-19 season. Xeyrius Williams announced he was transferring earlier this month. Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward, will play professional basketball in his home country. He appeared in 28...
Dayton’s 2018 holiday tournament shaping up to be a tough one

Dayton’s 2018 holiday tournament shaping up to be a tough one

Tickets are now on sale for the Battle 4 Atlantis, the November tournament in the Bahamas that will include the Dayton Flyers. On paper, it looks like one of the best in-season tournaments ever to have Dayton in the field. Even if the Flyers are much improved from a 14-17 season, they might be the big underdog. The tournament features four teams from the 2018 NCAA tournament. It also includes three...
March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

Syracuse kept up an impressive streak for First Four teams in the NCAA tournament by upsetting Michigan State on Sunday.  The 11th-seeded Orange became the eighth team in eight years to win at least one more game in the tourney after prevailing in their opener in Dayton.  That includes the Dayton Flyers, who topped Boise State at UD Arena in 2015 and made it to the round of 32.  Syracuse...
Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

I’ve been putting off starting today’s column because I want to try to write the perfect summation of an amazingly imperfect NCAA tournament weekend.  Is that possible?  If you didn’t have any beloved teams in the field  that had to be the most fun four days ever to be a sports fan.  (Unless, of course, you take your bracket too seriously and actually thought...
UD and police: March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day crimes in recent years

UD and police: March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day crimes in recent years

Police donning riot gear this past St. Patrick’s Day weekend involving University of Dayton students is the latest in a series of events where law enforcement stepped in to bring order to March celebrations on or around the campus. Some of them involved St. Patrick’s Day celebrations while others included incidents related to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which begins with...
Shauna Green excited about future for Dayton Flyers

Shauna Green excited about future for Dayton Flyers

The Dayton Flyers who take the court when the 2018-19 women’s basketball season begins in November will look much different than the team that jogged off the court, waving to their fans in appreciation, after an 84-65 loss to Marquette on Friday in Louisville, Ky. Dayton’s second straight first-round exit in the NCAA tournament ended the careers of three senior starters: Jenna Burdette...
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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