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Former Flyer Oliver to return to Slovenia

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver will return to Slovenia for the second straight season, signing Tuesday with Union Olimpija, the team he helped lead to the league championship last season. Oliver, 25, is a 2014 University of Dayton graduate. He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season. He was on campus in June and said he was hoping to sign a bigger contract...
NBA rookie honors former Flyer McElvene 

NBA rookie honors former Flyer McElvene 

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan is wearing a wristband with the words “R.I.P. No. 5” during NBA Summer League action this month. He did the same last season at Purdue. Swanigan was friends with late Dayton Flyers center Steve McElvene in high school in Fort Wayne, Ind., and wants to continue to honor McElvene, who died at age 20 on May 12, 2016, of an enlarged heart...
Dayton to play SEC program next two seasons

Dayton to play SEC program next two seasons

The Dayton Flyers will begin a two-game series with Mississippi State in the 2017-18 season, according to a source. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com. Dayton will play in Starkville, Miss., this season, according to the report, and the Bulldogs would play at UD Arena in the 2018-19 season. No dates or times have been announced. Dayton played Mississippi State in...
Former Flyers bow out in second round of The Tournament

Former Flyers bow out in second round of The Tournament

A team led by three former Dayton Flyers — Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre — lost in the second round in the West Region of The Basketball Tournament on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. The No. 9 seed Broad Street Brawlers fell 111-95 to No. 1 seed Team Colorado, which advanced to the final 16 of the winner-takes-all $2 million tournament. Colorado will play at 4 p.m. Saturday in...
Former Flyers advance in The Basketball Tournament

Former Flyers advance in The Basketball Tournament

Three former Dayton Flyers played together Saturday for the first time since the Elite Eight in 2014, helping lead the Broad Street Brawlers to a 108-95 overtime victory over Trained To Go in The Basketball Tournament. The Brawlers, who started Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre and Vee Sanford, rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime and then dominated the...
How will changes to NCAA tournament selection process affect Dayton?

How will changes to NCAA tournament selection process affect Dayton?

NCAA basketball teams will get more credit for significant road wins next season thanks to a new formula to be used by the tournament selection committee. CBSSports.com reports on the changes, which are expected to help quality programs such as Dayton that play outside the Power 5 leagues but can only do so much to beef up their schedules. It remains to be seen how the changes will play out, but in...
Flyers fodder: Dayton fans can buy tickets to Charleston tournament

Flyers fodder: Dayton fans can buy tickets to Charleston tournament

Hoops season is a few months, and we’ll be diving into football first, but it’s not too early to start getting excited about University of Dayton basketball as tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Gildan Charleston Classic. Junior forward Xeyrius Williams and the defending Atlantic 10 champion Flyers will play Nov. 16, 17 and 18 in South Carolina. First-year head coach Anthony Grant, hired...
Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

Sports Today: Assessing the state of the Reds at the All-Star break

So, how good are the Cincinnati Reds?  I mean like how good are they really? Maybe “good” is not the word since they're in last place and all, but you know what I mean.  Let's see what the numbers say and how that compares with the general perception. And then how it reflects on what they should do next. As far as traditional stats, they are fifth in the National League in batting...
Dayton freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo injured in Greece

Dayton freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo injured in Greece

Dayton basketball redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo will be dealing with another setback before finally getting his Flyers career underway. A UD spokesperson said Antetokounmpo has been told he suffered a non-displaced tibia (lower leg bone) fracture while playing in Europe. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but the spokesman said Antetokounmpo has spoken to first-year Flyers...
Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

Sports Today: Ready for Reds to be sellers again at trade deadline?

The Cincinnati Reds head into the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak.  They are also in last place in the National League Central.  Cincinnati is 9.5 games back in the division, which is noteworthy mostly because they were never more than seven games back until a little more than two weeks ago.  I have been highly skeptical of both the Brewers’ success and the Cubs&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers: Grant wants veterans to help freshmen develop

Dayton Flyers: Grant wants veterans to help freshmen develop

The transformation of UD Arena is well underway. The latest photos of the three-year renovation project make the home of the Dayton Flyers look like the set of a post-apocalyptic zombie movie. There are no seats, no floor and, of course, no fans. Meanwhile, across the Great Miami River, the transformation of the Dayton men’s basketball program under new coach Anthony Grant continues. The Flyers...
Highly-ranked 2018 recruit puts Dayton in his top 10

Highly-ranked 2018 recruit puts Dayton in his top 10

Dwayne Cohill, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2018, listed the Dayton Flyers among the final 10 teams he will consider. Cohill released his list on Twitter on Friday. Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Clemson, UNLV, West Virginia, Texas, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Penn State also made his list. Rivals.com ranks Cohill, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Holy Name High School in Cleveland, 66th in the 2018...
Newest Dayton Flyers benefit from early arrival

Newest Dayton Flyers benefit from early arrival

The players who make up the Dayton Flyers’ biggest freshman class in years arrived on campus in May and June at different times and from four different states and one foreign country. Jordan Pierce, Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Davis, Matej Svoboda and Obadiah Toppin landed in Dayton in that order in a one-month span. New NCAA rules allow basketball players to start training with...
Dayton freshman from Czech Republic acclimating well

Dayton freshman from Czech Republic acclimating well

The first native of the Czech Republic to play for the Dayton Flyers learned Thursday he had passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse. RELATED:  Flyers focused on individual skill instruction in summer Dayton expected Matej Svoboda, a 6-foot-7 forward who committed to Dayton in February and signed in May, to not have any troubles being cleared to play, and that was the case. He arrived on campus...
Flyers forward progressing well in recovery from injury

Flyers forward progressing well in recovery from injury

Dayton Flyers junior forward Sam Miller continues to make progress in his recovery from a broken ankle. Coach Anthony Grant provided an update Thursday on Miller, who suffered the injury playing pickup basketball on April 1, the day Grant was introduced as coach. “He’s doing really well,” Grant said. “He’s on the court. We started off with him doing stationary...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds robbed by instant replay again

Is there anything more infuriating than a botched call by an umpire?  Well, yes: Replay failing to fix the mistake.  Last night the Cincinnati Reds were a victim of both in their 5-3 loss at Colorado.  After Jose Peraza was picked off first base in the eighth inning, he appeared to have made the best of it by beating the throw into second.  Although the second base umpire...
Scoochie Smith makes NBA Summer League debut

Scoochie Smith makes NBA Summer League debut

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith made his NBA Summer League debut on Wednesday with the Boston Celtics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith did not play in the Celtics’ first game Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers but saw 15 minutes of action in their second game against the San Antonio Spurs. Smith scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting. He had two rebounds, three assists, two turnovers...
Sports Today: Reds’ starters trending up after strong outing by Homer Bailey

Sports Today: Reds’ starters trending up after strong outing by Homer Bailey

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated America’s independence by pounding the Colorado Rockies yesterday 8-1.  Not to jinx it, but the Reds have managed to go five straight days without getting a terrible appearance from a starting pitcher.  (And they’ve won three of those give games, hmm…)  Homer Bailey was The Man last night, pitching around eight hits (all singles)...
Dayton grad makes MLS debut with Crew

Dayton grad makes MLS debut with Crew

University of Dayton graduate Lalas Abubakar made his Major League Soccer Debut on Tuesday with the Columbus Crew. He started in a 1-0 victory against Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. “I’m really happy,” Abubakar said in postgame interview posted to the Crew’s Twitter account. “I feel all the patience I have had, it has paid off today by helping...
New Dayton baseball coach confident he can build a winner

New Dayton baseball coach confident he can build a winner

Jayson King had a busy Thursday. The University of Dayton announced his hiring as the new baseball coach. Meanwhile, back at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., King was getting his family ready to move to Dayton. A longtime Division II coach at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, King spent last season as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Army...
Dayton’s Antetokounmpo training with Greece’s U-20 national team

Dayton’s Antetokounmpo training with Greece’s U-20 national team

Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo is training with Greece’s Under-20 national team in hopes of making the roster for the FIBA U-20 championships in Crete from July 15-23. Antetokounmpo, a redshirt freshman, traveled with the team to Germany for two practice games last weekend, according to the Greek Basketball Federation. Antetokounmpo was on campus at UD for the first summer session...
Dayton men’s basketball schedule could be complete in next few weeks

Dayton men’s basketball schedule could be complete in next few weeks

Fans of the Dayton Flyers shouldn’t have to wait as long as they did last year to find out the complete men’s basketball schedule. UD released its full schedule on Sept. 6 in 2016. In 2015, the non-conference schedule came out on July 23. In 2014, UD released the non-conference schedule on Aug. 8. Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said Thursday he hopes the late release last season was an...
Dayton’s Mikesell won’t play in 2017-18 season

Dayton’s Mikesell won’t play in 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers fans won’t have to debate all offseason whether junior forward Ryan Mikesell will play in the 2017-18 season. UD took away the guessing game by announcing Wednesday, months earlier than expected, that Mikesell will not play next season. He will receive a medical redshirt after undergoing surgeries in May and June to correct impingements in both hips. He will have two years of eligibility...
Former Flyers coach Kevin Kuwik to succeed Trice as Wayne boys coach

Former Flyers coach Kevin Kuwik to succeed Trice as Wayne boys coach

Former University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Kevin Kuwik will be the next Wayne High School boys basketball coach. Wayne athletic director Jay Minton confirmed that Kuwik is expected to approved by the school board during their Wednesday night meeting. It’ll be the first high school position for Kuwik in 18 years of coaching, all at the collegiate level. He joined Archie Miller&rsquo...
Dyshawn Pierre finds new home overseas

Dyshawn Pierre finds new home overseas

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre will move from Germany to Italy for his second season in professional basketball. Dinamo Sassari, a club in Italy’s top division, announced the signing of Pierre on Wednesday. Sassari is located on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. Pierre, a native of Whitby, Ont., averaged 14.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32.5 minutes...
Sports Today: Reds bash Brewers as pitching carousel spins on

Sports Today: Reds bash Brewers as pitching carousel spins on

What might have been, or what might still be?  These questions are inevitable when assessing these Cincinnati Reds on a daily basis, I guess.  Their 8-6 win over the first-place Milwaukee Brewers last night was a reminder Bryan Price’s team can bash its way to some wins if it gets decent* starting pitching.  Asking for eight runs a night is probably not going to cut it, but...
Dayton locks up men’s basketball coaching staff

Dayton locks up men’s basketball coaching staff

 There was a little more than standard news coming out of Dayton’s men’s basketball Monday, as the Flyers finalized new head coach Anthony Grant’s hires of Devin Davis, Casey Cathrall and Andy Farrell to flesh out his staff. A highlight video from last season has also gone public. Grant played cards of familiarity with two of his hires, all of whom previously agreed to join...
Dayton offers scholarship to one of top 2019 recruits

Dayton offers scholarship to one of top 2019 recruits

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Pickerington Central High School junior Jeremiah Francis, one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2019. Francis, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound guard, announced the offer on Twitter on Tuesday. He’s a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com and ranks 65th in the nation. Francis also has offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia...
Former Flyer Chris Johnson to play in NBA Summer League

Former Flyer Chris Johnson to play in NBA Summer League

Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke won’t be the only former Dayton Flyers playing in the NBA Summer League. The Indiana Pacers announced their summer league roster Tuesday, and Chris Johnson is on it. Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward, scored 1,467 points in his UD career (2008-12). He was a senior in 2011-12, Archie Miller’s first season. Johnson, 27, made his NBA debut in 2013 with the Memphis...
How to watch former Flyers Scoochie Smith, Charles Cooke in NBA Summer League

How to watch former Flyers Scoochie Smith, Charles Cooke in NBA Summer League

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will play for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Summer League at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, starting July 3. Another former Flyer, guard Charles Cooke, will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. His first game is July 8. Smith and Cooke signed as undrafted free agents after...
Dayton Flyers 2018 recruiting update: One of team’s top targets visits campus

Dayton Flyers 2018 recruiting update: One of team’s top targets visits campus

The Dayton Flyers may have only one scholarship open in 2018. That hasn’t slowed the coaches their recruiting efforts. Over the weekend, one of the top-rated 2018 recruits to be offered a scholarship by UD, Versailles senior Justin Ahrens, was on campus for a Dayton team camp. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward who ranks 126th in the class, according to Rivals.com, decommitted from Ohio State earlier...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Former Dayton Flyer to play in France

Former Dayton Flyer to play in France

Former Dayton Flyers guard Vee Sanford will play in the top basketball league in France next season. Sanford, a Lexington, Ky., native who hit the winning shot against Ohio State in the 2014 NCAA tournament, announced Monday he has signed with the Antibes Sharks in the Pro-A League. Antibes is located on the coast in southeast France, between Cannes and Nice. Sanford started his pro career in Iceland...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith has a new team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith has a new team

The Boston Celtics have signed Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith. The first-team All-Atlantic 10 guard was part of the winningest class in school history and four NCAA tournament appearances. Smith, who was not selected Thursday night in the NBA Draft, told our David Jablonski this morning he is joining the team that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season. They...
Sports Today: Luke Kennard looks like good fit for Detroit Pistons in NBA draft

Sports Today: Luke Kennard looks like good fit for Detroit Pistons in NBA draft

Luke Kennard is headed to Detroit after the Pistons took him with the 12th pick in the NBA draft.  This looks like a pretty good opportunity for the Franklin High product who starred at Duke last season.  Detroit is one year removed from making the playoffs (albeit a brief postseason appearance that ended with a sweep by the Cavaliers). The Pistons finished 10th in the terrible Eastern Conference...
Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Former Dayton Flyers Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith did not hear their names called in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Cooke signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the draft, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Scoochie Smith told Cox Media Group on Friday morning that he had signed with the Boston Celtics. In the previous three seasons, Dayton’s Devin Oliver...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

NBA would be wise to follow NHL draft process for player development

Want to know how the NBA can improve its player development model for both teams and players while also helping out college basketball? Copy the NHL’s draft-and-follow system. What does mean? Well, it’s fairly simple: Instead of forcing players to choose if/when they want to be considered for the NBA draft, make everyone eligible after they graduate from high school. Then give those who...
Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

Last two Dayton Flyers freshmen scheduled to arrive on campus Thursday

The fourth and fifth members of Dayton’s 2017 recruiting class will arrive on campus Thursday, meaning the whole 2017-18 team will be together for the first time. Classes for the second summer session start Saturday. In an email to the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday night, forward Matej Svoboda, of the Czech Republic, wrote he was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning. Forward Obadiah Toppin...
Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

Sports Today: Is help on the way for the Reds?

An essential starting rotation makeover starts this weekend for the Cincinnati Reds.   They will start rookie Louis Castillo on Friday then Homer Bailey returns to the rotation Saturday.  Bailey you know.  Who is Louis Castillo?  He was one of the pitchers acquired from the Miami Marlins for Dan Straily last winter, and he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Reds&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dayton Flyers don’t appear to be in mix for Dane Goodwin

Dane Goodwin will be at the University of Dayton this weekend for a camp with his Upper Arlington teammates. His dad Damon, the head coach at Capital University, said he talks to the new Dayton Flyers coach, Anthony Grant, all the time. They played together at Dayton for three seasons (1983-86). Damon’s connection to UD and Grant is a big reason fans of the Flyers started debating Wednesday...
Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Former Dayton Flyers to play for $2 million prize

Former Dayton Flyers to play for $2 million prize

Three former Dayton Flyers will team up again in The Basketball Tournament,  a 64-team, single-elimination, $2 million winner-takes-all event next month. Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre and Vee Sanford are members of the Broad Street Brawlers. The team didn’t get enough fan votes to automatically qualify for the tournament but played their way into the field by winning the West Region in a...
New Dayton women’s assistant coach niece of country music legend

New Dayton women’s assistant coach niece of country music legend

Dayton Flyers women’s basketball coach Shauna Green hired a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with a memorable name: Calamity McEntire. She’s the niece of country music star Reba McEntire. "I am thrilled to announce the addition of Calamity to our staff," Green said in a press release. "She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a recruiter...
Dayton Flyers: Who they are recruiting in 2019 class

Dayton Flyers: Who they are recruiting in 2019 class

At midnight on June 15, college basketball coaches could make their first calls to 2019 recruits. Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and his assistants wasted little time, contacting a number of players about to enter their junior seasons. The 2019 class could be a big one for Dayton. If no one transfers, the Flyers could have four or five scholarships open. Josh Cunningham, Sam Miller, John Crosby...
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...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
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...
Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Pac-12 school

Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Pac-12 school

Former Dayton Flyers recruit Nahziah Carter on Saturday committed to the University of Washington. Carter, a 6-foot-6 guard who is the nephew of rapper Jay Z, was granted his release from Dayton in April after coach Archie Miller left for Indiana in late March. Point guard McKinley Wright, who re-opened his recruiting in the wake of Miller’s departure, signed with Colorado in...
Hartsock: Former Flyer looking for his next chance

Hartsock: Former Flyer looking for his next chance

Nobody knows the underdog role better than Devin Oliver. The former Flyer even embraces it in his twitter handle (@The_Underdog5), and he’s again trying to prove he can play at a higher level. Oliver recently returned home after a season in Slovenia where his Union Olimpija team ended up won the league title and Oliver was named tournament MVP. “It’s been the best year of my professional...
Dayton Flyers coaches busy with 2018 recruiting class

Dayton Flyers coaches busy with 2018 recruiting class

The Dayton Flyers have one scholarship open for 2018. Anthony Grant and his assistants have been busy this summer in hopes of filling it. Here’s a look at who they are recruiting: • On Thursday, Duane Washington Jr., a 6-foot-3 guard from Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.), announced Dayton had offered him a scholarship. He’s a three-star who guard who ranks 305th in the class of 2018...
Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

Sports Today: Ohio State basketball gets its man

So unlike this time yesterday, Ohio State really has a new basketball coach.  Chris Holtmann, the coach at Butler the past three seasons, appears to be a better choice than Creighton’s Greg McDermott, who reportedly was the leader in the clubhouse roughly 24 hours ago.  I’d rate Holtmann as the best available realistic candidate all along (without knowing...
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...
Sports Today: Scooter Gennett’s 4 HRs part of memorable season building in Cincinnati

Sports Today: Scooter Gennett’s 4 HRs part of memorable season building in Cincinnati

So much for this being another forgettable season on the riverfront in Cincinnati.  The Reds are not only hanging around within striking distance in the National League Central, they are putting together a comeback year to remember with some amazing flair.  Topping Scooter Gennett’s unbelievable four-home run game against the Cardinals last night is going to be nearly impossible, but...
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...
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...
Sports Today: 7 takeaways on Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals Game 1

Sports Today: 7 takeaways on Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals Game 1

The first game of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors did not disappoint. Until the third quarter.  Here are some observations from last night:  I was holding out on buying them being so heavily favored until seeing them on the floor in a playoff game against the Cavs again.  Man, they are athletic, fast and skilled.  Do the Warriors have...
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...
Sports Today: Bengals developing, Reds demote former No. 1, Pittsburgh gets stupid

Sports Today: Bengals developing, Reds demote former No. 1, Pittsburgh gets stupid

With the Cincinnati Bengals holding another open practice Tuesday, one of the players they are betting will be ready for an expanded role this fall was the focus of a story from our Jay Morrison.  In his second year out of Utah State, Nick Vigil is needed to bring some fresh blood to a linebacking corps that was built to stop the power running games of the AFC North.  The problem: They...
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...
Removal of UD Arena’s old Tartan court will take a month

Removal of UD Arena’s old Tartan court will take a month

Ken May had to make his last shot before he walked off the court Friday at UD Arena. That’s a tradition for every basketball player — no matter the day or the arena — but this shot meant a little more. May led the Dayton Flyers in scoring in the 1969-70 season, the first for UD’s new home on the banks of the Great Miami River. Back then and for the first 16 seasons of the arena&rsquo...
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...
Sports Today: Billy Hamilton burns the Indians, effects of NBA draft decisions, how not to act on the Internet

Sports Today: Billy Hamilton burns the Indians, effects of NBA draft decisions, how not to act on the Internet

In case you didn’t wait out the rain delay — or turned the game off when Billy Hamilton was called out at first base in the ninth inning — you might like to see how the Reds-Indians game actually ended.  Yes, that’s Billy Hamilton scoring from first base on a single. It sent the Reds to a 4-3 win over Cleveland.  Of course this was a great, thrilling and...
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...
New Dayton Flyers assistant didn’t hesitate joining Grant’s staff

New Dayton Flyers assistant didn’t hesitate joining Grant’s staff

Darren Hertz’s two national championship rings have yet to make the journey from Champaign, Ill., to Dayton. When they arrive, maybe he’ll figure out an appropriate time to show them to his new players at the University of Dayton. A little bit of bling can go a long way. The Dayton Flyers value the Atlantic 10 championship rings they have won in the last two seasons. It’s unlikely...
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...
Anthony Grant credits staff for recruiting success

Anthony Grant credits staff for recruiting success

Anthony Grant and his Dayton Flyers coaching staff had to act fast this spring to put together a roster for the 2017-18 season. By the time Grant was hired on March 30 , most 2017 recruits had signed. There was a long list of transfers the coaches could pursue, but they had to decide who to recruit. Not long after taking the reins, Grant was reaching out to the players...
Longtime Dayton baseball coach stepping down

Longtime Dayton baseball coach stepping down

Tony Vittorio, who has coached the University of Dayton baseball team for 18 seasons, is stepping down, the school announced Thursday. Athletics Director Neil Sullivan said Vittorio’s resignation takes effect following this weekend’s season-ending series with La Salle. “I want to thank (former UD Athletics Directors)Ted Kissell, Tim Wabler, and (current UD Associate VP for Athletics)...
Anthony Grant a mentor for Dayton assistant coach

Anthony Grant a mentor for Dayton assistant coach

James Kane settled on a place to live in Dayton on Tuesday after weeks in hotels. He continues to work his way through a stack of eight boxes in his office at the Cronin Center. Decorating can wait. Kane hasn’t even had time to explore the Dayton dining scene in first weeks as an assistant coach with the Dayton Flyers. “The only restaurants I know of are Milano’s, Coco’s and...
Hartsock: Patience pays off for Flyers coaching staff

Hartsock: Patience pays off for Flyers coaching staff

Well, what do you know Flyer fans, the sky isn’t falling after all. In the six weeks since Anthony Grant took over as the head coach at his alma mater, there has been a lot of online chatter and a number of you have personally reached out to me with thoughts on the future of the program. Grant convinced three of Archie Miller’s five recruits to keep their commitments. The big loss seemed...
Check out what UD Arena was supposed to look like when it was first designed

Check out what UD Arena was supposed to look like when it was first designed

The University of Dayton Arena is a great place to watch a basketball game. It’s also a unique structure, not exactly one of a kind but not much like anything else in the country. What if it didn’t have those famous wings, though? Or no cramped corners. Maybe a higher roof overhead? Former Flyers coach Don Donoher shared some of the original plans for the arena from when it was built in...
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...
Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Sports Today: Recruiting pickups for OSU and UD, Cubs crush Reds pitching, NBA draft lottery, etc.

Tuesday was a big 24 hours for recruiting as the flagship teams at Ohio State and Dayton both scored new players.  First, Urban Meyer added to his 2018 football recruiting class with the verbal commitment of Dallas Gant, a four-star linebacker from Toledo St. John’s.  Gant is expected to be able to play any of the three linebacker spots when he gets to Columbus, and his commitment...
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...
Dayton Flyers’ Ryan Mikesell undergoes first surgery

Dayton Flyers’ Ryan Mikesell undergoes first surgery

Dayton Flyers forward Ryan Mikesell underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday in Columbus, coach Anthony Grant said Tuesday. Mikesell, a St. Henry High School graduate who started 24 games and averaged 5.7 points as a sophomore, was diagnosed with impingements in both hips in April. “He’s already started the recovery and rehabilitation process,” Grant said. “He&rsquo...
Don Donoher: ‘How Dayton basketball has evolved is an absolute miracle’

Don Donoher: ‘How Dayton basketball has evolved is an absolute miracle’

On a day the Dayton Flyers basketball community was basking in the future of its famous arena, Don Donoher was thinking about more than a building. “How Dayton basketball has evolved is an absolute miracle,” Donoher said last week in the course of a conversation about the changes he has seen over the years. That, of course, is an ear-catching statement, and there may not be anyone more...
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...
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...

Second Thoughts: At UD Arena, it’s out with the old, in with the new

I did some shopping at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Dayton Mall last week. Saw a guy in the car next to mine get busted. A police officer approached him politely, asked for ID, then said, “I smell weed.” Not sure what the guy said, but it wasn’t, “Hey, I’m here to use this coupon for athletic socks.” The new UD Arena will be sweet. For $72 million (get out...
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...
Dayton coach Grant talks about having 2 point guards instead of none

Dayton coach Grant talks about having 2 point guards instead of none

Is Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant happy to have two point guards on his 2017-18 roster only a week after potentially having none? Of course. “It’s hard to play without having guys who can handle and pass and make decisions with the ball,” Grant said Thursday after plans for UD Arena upgrades were unveiled. He spoke two days after the school announced junior-to-be John Crosby will...
Here is what your UD Arena seat will look like in the future

Here is what your UD Arena seat will look like in the future

Among the many items to be upgraded in the University of Dayton Arena renovation are the seats.  The department of athletics provided examples of what seats in each section of the arena will look like when the project is done.  The majority of seats in the lower bowl will look like this, although they might not be red.  There is also an exception within the lower bowl, and that will...
5 new UD Arena features we’re most looking forward to

5 new UD Arena features we’re most looking forward to

The University of Dayton unveiled an extensive plan for upgrading its iconic basketball arena Thursday — so many changes it was hard to keep up with all of them.  Here are our five favorite as the three-phase project gets underway:  Coach Anthony Grant no doubt wants to make sure they don’t get used much, but comfort is key for fans at any event.  In the near future...
Sports Today: Reds after dark, more UD Arena thoughts, NBA conference finals set

Sports Today: Reds after dark, more UD Arena thoughts, NBA conference finals set

While you were probably sleeping, the Cincinnati Reds won again.  Zack Cozart doubled in Scooter Gennett with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, and Raisel Iglesias got the last three outs to close out a 3-2 win in San Francisco.  Cincinnati remains a half game out of first place in the NL Central and keeps getting winning contributions from a variety of players.  Billy Hamilton...
GoFundMe post seeks help for family of former Dayton Flyer Kyle Davis

GoFundMe post seeks help for family of former Dayton Flyer Kyle Davis

According to a GoFundMe post, former Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis and his family are in need of help. Created Thursday, the post says the family home of Davis on the south side of Chicago was destroyed by fire last month: Davis was among the Flyers to graduate from the university on Sunday. Click here for more information. 
Coaches applaud UD Arena renovation plans

Coaches applaud UD Arena renovation plans

While most of the upgrades coming to the University of Dayton Arena are aimed at fans, the school’s basketball coaches are fired up for them, too. “We’ll take all the help we can get — anything we can use to our advantage, we’re definitely going to do that,” Flyers men’s coach Anthony Grant said with a smile. All’s fair in love and recruiting, and every...
Hartsock: What’s old is new again at UD Arena

Hartsock: What’s old is new again at UD Arena

Don Donoher remembers it like it was yesterday: the former Flyers head coach says the building we know as the University of Dayton Arena almost looked completely different. “The original concept that Tom (Frericks) had was a round house,” Donoher said. “It was going to cost $6 million and the university told him he had $3 million to play with, so they went to the local architects...
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