You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

live video

Latest White House briefing

UD’s Sibert setting high bar for himself

Dayton basketball fans who follow the Flyers on Twitter may have seen a humorous exchange between junior guard Jordan Sibert and assistant coach Kevin Kuwik during the spring.

Sibert’s tweet: “Dear NCAA, I’m about to change the game, see you in a couple months.”

Kuwik’s re-tweet: “Walk the talk!!!”

As you can tell, the Ohio State transfer isn’t lacking in confidence, although he concedes Kuwik was right to put him in his place.

“If you ask him now, I think I’m walking the talk. I’ve done a lot of watching and done a lot of listening,” Sibert said. “A lot of people judged my game from what they saw at OSU, and that wasn’t my game. I want everyone to know, things are about to change, and you’ll see why. I’m putting my words behind it. People will see.”

Sibert, a product of Princeton High School in Cincinnati, has been drawing raves with how he’s looked in the offeason, and he could battle senior Vee Sanford, the Flyers’ leading returning scorer, for the starting 2 guard spot. Or, as coach Archie Miller said, “We’ve got to find a way to play those two together.”

He averaged 3.0 and 2.1 points in his two seasons at OSU and fell short when given a chance to seize a bigger role because of inconsistent shooting. But he put on an impressive long-range display at UD’s high school team camp Saturday when picked by the coaches to demonstrate some of the Flyers’ shooting drills, routinely going 8-for-10 on 3-pointers.

During a recent UD open gym, Memphis star guard Geron Johnson, a Dunbar product, showed up and competed against Sibert. According to onlookers, the two players — close friends from their AAU days — had a fierce duel with Sibert perhaps coming out on top.

“Coming off all these summer camps, he’s (known as) the best around the area, and I feel I’m the best around this area. He came to the gym, and I wanted to see,” Sibert said.

“It went well. We just competed.”

Sibert has seen a difference between the Flyers who struggled to a 17-14 record last season and the current edition. Closing out tight games was the problem. They lost six by a combined 10 points.

“It’s a lot more of a together team. It seems like we have more older guys who can mix well with younger guys,” Sibert said. “After having two seniors last year and a whole bunch of young guys, it’s almost even this year. The older guys are definitely looking out for the younger guys, and the younger guys are definitely listening, just taking all the advice they can.”

Sibert has liked what he’s seen in freshman Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith, the highly touted point guard from New York who enrolled in UD’s first summer school session. Fellow recruits Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard began classes this week in the second summer session.

“He’s a great addition, a very humble guy,” Sibert said of Smith. “He’s willing to listen. His ball-handling skills are amazing. I can definitely see him come in and helping us out.”

Sibert said senior center Matt Kavanaugh, who was suspended last year, is making progress, too.

“You can tell he’s had a year off, but he’s an older guy, and you can see his leadership with the way he works out,” Sibert said. “He can’t do everything the way he wants to, but you can see he tries. You can see the leadership in him and the maturity in him, and we’re definitely going to need him this year.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Area schools wear orange to show support for West Liberty-Salem following shooting
Area schools wear orange to show support for West Liberty-Salem following shooting

Around the area, schools are looking to show their support for West Liberty-Salem following a shooting at the high school last week.  At Triad, kids wore orange to school Monday.  Players from Cedarville and Springfield Catholic Central wore orange wristbands when they played over the weekend.   The fifth-grade basketball team from...
Dayton men, women off to strong starts in A-10 play
Dayton men, women off to strong starts in A-10 play

The University of Dayton men's and women's basketball teams are 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Dayton is one of nine schools in the country with both its teams in first place. The Dayton men (15-4) have won three straight games and sit alone in first place after a 67-46 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday at UD Arena. The Dayton women (12-7) beat...
Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia
Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia

Trace Smitherman has resigned at Stebbins to accept the head football coaching position at Xenia High School. He succeeds Bob DeLong , who resigned after last season. In eight seasons Smitherman essentially revived the Stebbins program, which had languished in the bottom half of the Central Buckeye Conference since joining...
5 things to know about Super Bowl LI
5 things to know about Super Bowl LI

The matchup for our 51st Super Bowl is set: The Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Houston on the first Sunday in February. You’ll have an opportunity to read thousands of things about both teams between now and the opening kickoff, but here are some quick basics to get it all started. Atlanta has been to one Super Bowl...
Archie Miller: Cunningham intends to play this season
Archie Miller: Cunningham intends to play this season

Dayton Flyers sophomore forward Josh Cunningham continues to make progress in his rehabilitation. After a 67-46 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday at UD Arena, coach Archie Miller said Cunningham intends to play again this season. Cunningham hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his ankle in the second game of the season Nov. 15 at Alabama...
More Stories