Grant on Dayton’s summer practices: ‘It’s been a good six weeks’

Second summer session ends this weekend


Anthony Grant says he expects big things this year from Josh Cunningham.

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant opened up practice at the Cronin Center to local media on Tuesday.

Here are some quick impressions from seeing the team work out and talking to Grant and three players:

1. All in action: Everyone on the roster looked healthy: the nine available scholarship players and the two transfers sitting out this season, Ibi Watson and Rodney Chatman. Everyone was practicing at full-go.

» RELATED: Dayton releases non-conference schedule

2.  Key points: Grant started the practice with a short video session. All the players gathered around him as they watched a TV just off the court. He spoke about the importance of avoiding turnovers while also being aggressive.

3. New face: Meadowdale High School graduate Jabali Leonard worked out with the team. He is trying to make the roster as a walk-on guard.

4. Added size: Redshirt freshman Obi Toppin said he has grown an inch since arriving on campus a year ago. He said he measures 6-foot-10.

5. Important time: Dayton’s second summer session ends this week. Grant has had the whole team on campus since the session began in June. He was asked if there is such a thing as offseason these days in college basketball.

“That’s a great question,” Grant said. “Our guys have been here all summer. For our veterans, our first summer session started in early May, and for the newcomers, it started somewhere around the middle to end of June. It’s been a long summer for our returners, and for the newcomers getting acclimated, it’s been a good six weeks.”

» EXCLUSIVE: Neil Sullivan talks about the future of Dayton basketball

6. Key player: The only senior on the court was Josh Cunningham, the team’s top returning scorer.

“I thought he had a really good year for us last year,” Grant said. “We asked a lot of him and put a lot on his back in terms of what we expected. We’re going to keep the expectations high for him. As a guy that’s our only senior, a fifth-year senior, I think he’s more than ready to handle that workload.”

7. Fun fact: Here’s an interesting personal note on Cunningham entering his final year in college: his girlfriend is A’ja Wilson, who was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft earlier this year.

Wilson is averaging 20.0 points per game for the Las Vegas Aces and scored 18 points in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday. She played college basketball at South Carolina, helping lead the Gamecocks to a national title in 2017 and winning the national player of the year award as a senior in 2018.

Cunningham visited South Carolina when he in high school and looking at schools, and he said that’s where he met Wilson. Wilson shared a photo on Twitter last month of her wearing Cunningham’s Dayton jersey.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their first 3-0 start in three years when they face the Carolina Panthers on the road Sunday. The Bengals opened the 2015 season 8-0 and went on to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year but haven’t been back since. This season already feels much different than a year ago when they finished 7-9 for...
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy
Ohio State notes: Haskins continues showcase accuracy

J.T. Barrett broke almost all the school passing records the last four seasons, not to mention a bunch of Big Ten marks. The way he’s playing in his first season as a starter, Dwayne Haskins won’t stick around the college game long enough to challenge any career marks. Haskins continued to compile stats worthy of the Heisman Trophy in his...
HS Roundup 9/22: Packnett paces Dunbar football in win over Woodward

Greg Packnett passed for 145 yards and three touchdowns in helping spur Dunbar football to a 22-20 win versus Woodward at Welcome Stadium on Saturday night. Packnett connected with James Murray and Bryce Smith on TD passes in the first half and hit Jaquan Lusbourgh with the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter. Aaron Richardson tacked on the...
HS Scores 9/22: Carroll finishes strong in Midwest Catholic race

Football Saturday’s Results Dunbar 22, Woodward 20 Landmark Christian 34, Middletown Christian 13 Friday’s Results Allen East 50, Delphos Jefferson 6 Alter 45, Fenwick 20 Anderson 47, Withrow 12 Badin 42, Roger Bacon 35, OT Bellbrook 21, Franklin 17 Bellefontaine 14, Ben Logan 6 Brookville 42, Carlisle 2 Butler 13, Xenia 7, OT Celina 42...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane
5 things to know about Ohio State’s blowout of Tulane

Ohio State rolled Tulane 49-6 on Saturday to end a rocky couple of months for the program.  So maybe it was only natural the state’s official rock song would be what brought Urban Meyer back to normal coaching the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.  “Between the third and fourth quarter, hearing the band play, ‘Hang on Sloopy.&rsquo...
More Stories