Dayton's Jordan Pierce smiles as he warms up before an individual skill instruction workout on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Cronin Center. David Jablonski/Staff
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Meet the Dayton Flyers freshmen: Jordan Pierce

Anthony Grant is far from the only new face in the gym for the Dayton Flyers this fall.  

The first-year Flyers coach has five scholarship true freshmen on the roster, too.  

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Tom Archdeacon provided a detailed look at Matej Svoboda.  

Here is what you need to know about Jordan Pierce: 

Position: Center 

Measurements: 6-11, 265

Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey 

Noteworthy: The 17th-ranked player in his home state, he averaged 12.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Union Catholic High School. 

He broke a backboard in practice there

How’d he get here? Pierce committed to the Flyers in September 2016 and signed his letter of intent while Archie Miller was still the coach. He chose to stick with UD after the coaching change in spring. 

Three of the new faces on the Flyers give their early impressions of college basketball practice.

First impressions of Dayton and the Miami Valley: “It's been great. It's a little different from home. I'm used to going to the Jersey Shore when I want to, but I'm getting adjusted. I'm really cool with my teammates, bonding, it's a community. I'm really enjoying my time out here." 

Pierce on Pierce: “I can run the floor. I'm athletic. I feel like I'm physical on the court, and it's never about me. It's about helping the team win.” 

Grant on Pierce: “He’s learning what college basketball is all about. The thing I enjoy about him is he wants to be a good player. He’s got good hands. He’s got a soft touch around the basket. He’s physically imposing. Every day is an opportunity for him to learn and get better and grow.”

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