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Dayton offers scholarship to center in 2021 class

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Franck Kepnang, a 6-foot-10 center in the class of 2021, according to a report by Andrew Slater. Kepnang plays for The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. He also has offers from La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth and Fordham, according to VerbalCommits.com. Kepnang is a native of Cameroon, according to the New England Recruiting Report. This is the second scholarship...
Giannis Antetokounmpo on his brother: ‘Kostas can be really good’

Giannis Antetokounmpo on his brother: ‘Kostas can be really good’

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, seeking to become the first UD player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, worked out for NBA scouts Thursday on the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago. Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to the combine and the only one from the Atlantic 10 Conference, measured 6-foot-9 without shoes. He was the fifth-tallest player of the forwards. He...
Dayton loses women’s basketball assistant coach to N.C. State

Dayton loses women’s basketball assistant coach to N.C. State

Simon Harris, the only person to sit on the bench for the Dayton men’s and women’s basketball teams during their Elite Eight runs in 2014 and 2015, has left Shauna Green’s staff for a job at his alma mater. Harris will join North Carolina State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore’s staff as an assistant coach. Harris played two seasons at N.C. State from 2007-09 after...
Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

The ACC is proposing a change to the NCAA tournament that is dumb and unnecessary.  Per reports, members of the once-proud basketball conference that sold its soul for football several years back would like to see four more teams make the Big Dance each spring, bringing the total number to 72.  ACC commissioner John Swofford says this would create a second First Four, though it would not...
ACC coaches want to expand NCAA tournament and add second First Four

ACC coaches want to expand NCAA tournament and add second First Four

The Atlantic Coast Conference wants to expand the NCAA tournament from 68 to 72 teams and add a second First Four. According to reports Thursday, the ACC voted at its annual meeting to propose legislation to the NCAA to expand the tournament. The idea came from the conference’s 15 men’s basketball coaches. "The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic," Swofford...
Former Flyers teaming up again for shot at $2 million first prize

Former Flyers teaming up again for shot at $2 million first prize

Three former Dayton Flyers, all of whom were members of the Elite Eight team in 2014, will play together in The Basketball Tournament for the second straight year. Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre will play for the Broad Street Brawlers. Last year, the team advanced to the second round. The Basketball Tournament is a 72-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of...
Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

The Dayton Agonis Club honored five area athletes and one coach during its 65th annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering on Wednesday night. Receiving various athlete awards were Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove, University of Dayton senior women’s basketball player Jenna Burdette, Wright State senior men’s basketball...
Date announced for Dayton’s game against Tulsa in December

Date announced for Dayton’s game against Tulsa in December

The Dayton Flyers will play Tulsa on Dec. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The matchup was officially announced Wednesday. The game will be part of the annual Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. The event features two other games: Rhode Island vs. West Virginia and Drexel vs. Quinnipiac.  “It’s an opportunity to play a quality opponent in Tulsa at a venue that...
Alter senior among 26 Dayton football recruits

Alter senior among 26 Dayton football recruits

The Dayton Flyers football program announced its 2018 recruiting class Tuesday. The list includes 26 players. They come from as close as Alter High School and from as far away as Simi Valley, Calif. Of the 26 players, 16 were captains of their high school teams, and 21 received all-conference honors. Here’s the full list: • Jack Albers, QB, 6-0, 180, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) •...
Dayton women’s basketball program will travel to Italy this summer

Dayton women’s basketball program will travel to Italy this summer

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team will play three games against professional players in Italy in August during its first overseas trip since 2013. Dayton coach Shauna Green said the team will visit Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como in a trip that lasts from Aug. 5-15. The Flyers took a similar trip in August 2013 with stops in Rome, Venice, Pisa, Lake Como and Verona. “It&rsquo...
Three-star 2019 recruit from Pennsylvania earns offer from Dayton

Three-star 2019 recruit from Pennsylvania earns offer from Dayton

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Maceo Austin, a three-star recruit in the class of 2019. Austin announced the offer Saturday on Twitter. Austin is a 6-foot-5 guard from Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pa., which is just across the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, northeast of Youngstown. Austin is the 35th-ranked shooting guard in the nation, according to 247Sports.com, and ranks 187th...
Dayton announces contract extension for women’s coach Shauna Green

Dayton announces contract extension for women’s coach Shauna Green

The University of Dayton has extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Shauna Green to 2024. »ARCHDEACON: UD women’s coaching winning on the court, and in life Green has guided the Flyers to a 45-17 record, back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and three Atlantic 10 championships (two regular season, one tournament) in two years at Dayton. “Shauna has done an outstanding...
Grant excited about future of Dayton basketball

Grant excited about future of Dayton basketball

Coach Anthony Grant visited the WHIO Radio studios on Friday morning to talk with the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, about the numerous offseason developments with the Dayton Flyers as well as promote the basketball camps being held on UD’s campus this summer. Since the season ended March 8, Dayton has seen five players decide to leave the program to transfer to another college or...
Dayton offers scholarship to 2021 recruit from Florida

Dayton offers scholarship to 2021 recruit from Florida

Recruiting for the 2021 class has already begun for the Dayton Flyers. Wesley Cardet, a 6-foot-5 guard from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Fla., just north of Fort Lauderdale, received a scholarship offer Wednesday, according to multiple reports. He’s the first player in the class of 2021 to receive an offer from Dayton. Cardet received an offer from the Florida Gators on Tuesday. Dayton...
Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

For all the stuff we talk about every day in the sports world, games pretty much always come down to who has the ball in their hands.  That’s what we’re focusing on today thanks to Anthony Grant opening up to David Jablonski about his emphasis on building backcourt depth for the future of Dayton basketball.  Not only are the Flyers scheduled to be deep in the backcourt in two...
Former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo works out with Raptors

Former Dayton forward Antetokounmpo works out with Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo was one of four players who worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, the team announced. The Raptors worked out three other players: Giddy Potts (Middle Tennessee State), Joe Chealey (Charleston) and Alan Herndon (Wyoming). » RELATED: What Dayton’s roster looks like now Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to...
Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

Sports Today: Ohio State trading 1 potential fairy tale at QB for another 

And so it is done: Joe Burrow is leaving Ohio State.  That means Urban Meyer’s offense will belong to Dwayne Haskins Jr. this fall barring something unforeseen.  Hopefully it works out for everyone.  There’s a good chance it will given the talents of both, but it’s still a little said.  I have to admit I was rooting for Burrow to be Ohio State’s starter...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Newest Dayton recruit committed during photo shoot at UD

Newest Dayton recruit committed during photo shoot at UD

A number of schools reached out to Rodney Chatman when he announced his decision to leave Chattanooga. “Virginia Tech was very interested and wanted him to come up and visit,” said Chatman’s dad Rodney. In the end, the 6-foot-1 guard Chatman — he goes by Chatman III, and his dad is Chatman Jr. — visited only one school: the University of Dayton. It was the same story...
Dayton adds fifth member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds fifth member to 2018 recruiting class

Chattanooga transfer Rodney Chatman, a 6-foot-1 guard, announced Monday on Twitter he will play for the Dayton Flyers. He’s the fifth member of Dayton’s 2018 recruiting class. Chatman averaged 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season as a sophomore at Chattanooga. He shot 33.9 percent from 3-point range (43 of 127) and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line (93 of 119). He...
Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Well, that was fun while it lasted.  The Cincinnati Reds followed their first winning week of the season by getting swept by the Brewers and dropping two of three to a Marlins team that isn’t trying to win this season.  Not a great look, even for a bad team.  It’s tempting to say the past seven days were the most disappointing of 2018 so far, but of course they&rsquo...
Former Dayton forward invited to NBA Draft Combine

Former Dayton forward invited to NBA Draft Combine

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo was one of 69 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. YahooSports.com published the full list of players Friday. Antetokounmpo spent two years at the University of Dayton. He sat out his freshman season as a NCAA partial qualifier. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds and blocked 31 shots last season and...
Dayton tennis player makes school history

Dayton tennis player makes school history

University of Dayton junior Jordan Benjamin made school history Friday, earning one of the 64 spots in the NCAA men’s tennis singles championships. He’s the first Dayton tennis player to qualify. Benjamin, who was 16-0 in No. 1 singles play, earned the Atlantic 10 Conference’s automatic berth. He ranked 121st in the latest International Tennis Association Division I ranking, which...
Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

The phrase, “recruiting never stops,” is one of those that became a cliche because it’s true.  Whenever I sit down to do a recruiting roundup like the one I put up Wednesday, I inevitably find three times as much info as I was expecting.  I guess that’s a good sign Southwest Ohio is a great place to find talented players, though, so I’m certainly not going...
Dayton Flyers: Top 10 plays of 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers: Top 10 plays of 2017-18 season

The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball Twitter account posted videos of the top-10 plays of the 2017-18 season Wednesday. It was a reminder that even a 14-17 season that many fans would like to forget had a number of memorable moments, starting with the last basket of the first game of the year and ending with a milestone basket in the final game of the season. Jalen Crutcher led the team with assists...
Dayton offers scholarship to point guard from New Jersey

Dayton offers scholarship to point guard from New Jersey

The Dayton Flyers continued recruiting in the 2019 class this week, offering a scholarship to point guard Joshua Pierre-Louis, according to a report by Pat Lawless, of PrepCircuit.com. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Pierre-Louis is from North Arlington, N.J., just north of Newark. He will be a senior next season at Roselle Catholic High School. He also has scholarship offers from Hofstra, Cal State...
Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

Sports Today: Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller could be one for the ages

This offseason has already done plenty for reviving that Ohio State-Indiana basketball rivalry.  Indiana coach Archie Miller snagged the most important recruit of his career Monday when five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford announced he will be a Hoosier.  Langford is the No. 6 recruit in the country and the top player in Indiana, ending a long streak of years of the best Hoosier State...
Dayton cornerback earns invitation to Redskins rookie minicamp

Dayton cornerback earns invitation to Redskins rookie minicamp

Dayton Flyers cornerback Christian Searles signed as undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins, UD announced Monday. He will attend the team’s rookie mini-camp May 11-13. Searles, a senior from Chicago, is the third Dayton cornerback in the last five years to get a chance with a NFL team. Kyle Sebetic attended training camp with the New York Giants in 2014. Cameron Stubbs signed as an...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

Dayton adds fourth member to 2018 recruiting class

The Dayton Flyers landed their fourth recruit in the 2018 class on Wednesday, announcing Michigan transfer Ibi Watson, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, will join the program. Watson, a graduate of Pickerington Central who attended Athens High School for his first two years, appeared in 45 games over the last two seasons with Michigan, receiving limited minutes each season. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

Coaches think Policelli can ‘provide a spark for Dayton’

An ice storm prevented Frankie Policelli’s parents, Frank and Angie, from joining him on his official visit to the University of Dayton earlier this month. The Policellis live in New Hartford, N.Y., 50 miles east of Syracuse, but Frankie has attended Long Island Lutheran High School, 262 miles away, throughout his senior year. He had no trouble flying out of LaGuardia Airport in New York City...
Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning. Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft. The commission, chaired by...
Newest Dayton basketball recruit is a triplet

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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dayton’s season ends with lopsided loss to Marquette

Dayton’s season ends with lopsided loss to Marquette

The Dayton Flyers suffered their most lopsided loss of the season in the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling 84-65 to Marquette on Friday at the KFC Yum! Center. Dayton trailed 45-31 at halftime and 69-54 after three quarters. They got no closer than 11 points in the third quarter. No. 9 seed Dayton finished the season 23-7. It’s the second straight season it has lost in the first round...
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

I’d say that was a successful first day of March Madness.  Until the last couple of games ended without drama (thanks for nothing, again, Michigan), Thursday was about as much as a basketball fan can ask for.  The first game of the day went into overtime, we had a mid-afternoon buzzer-beater and a pair of big upsets.  If not for Wright State laying an egg, my bracket would have...
Wilmoth, other Dayton reserves will play key role vs. Marquette

Wilmoth, other Dayton reserves will play key role vs. Marquette

The Dayton Flyers don’t have a deep rotation but may need the bench to contribute more than ever in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The key reserve is Jordan Wilmoth, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward from Immaculate Heart Academy in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., She likely will be the first player off the bench when No. 9 seed Dayton (23-6) plays No. 8 seed Marquette (23-9) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at...
Dayton’s Layfield could set rebounding record in her hometown

Dayton’s Layfield could set rebounding record in her hometown

Dayton Flyers senior guard JaVonna Layfield expects to have a personal cheering section numbering 30-33 people at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday for the first round of the NCAA tournament. Layfield, a Louisville native, was able to secure tickets for her immediate family. The rest of the group — including her high school, middle school and AAU coaches, plus her high school principal and another...
Green on NCAA tournament: ‘I want them to leave it all out there’

Green on NCAA tournament: ‘I want them to leave it all out there’

The Dayton Flyers began practice Thursday with their eyes closed, standing still as statues on the court at the KFC Yum! Center, visualizing taking and making shots. They ended the practice the same way. This is something the Flyers have done for years. These were the last moments of peace before the storm of the NCAA tournament. For a program that has played in March Madness two years in a row and...
Dayton women get competitive edge back with tough practices

Dayton women get competitive edge back with tough practices

The Dayton Flyers turned the clock back to October in practices last week as they prepared for the NCAA women’s tournament. Preseason practices often have a sharper edge because teams need to get ready for the competitive grind of the four months ahead. That’s what Dayton wanted to rekindle after losing to George Washington in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. “We&rsquo...
Dayton vs. Marquette: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Dayton vs. Marquette: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Who: No. 9 seed Dayton (23-6) vs. No. 8 seed Marquette (23-9) When: 2:30 p.m., Friday Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. What: First round of NCAA tournament TV: ESPN2 Probable Dayton starters Jenna Burdette, 5-8, Sr., G, 16.1 Jayla Scaife, 5-10, So., G, 14.6 Lauren Cannatelli, 5-8, Jr., G, 13.4 JaVonna Layfield, 5-11, Sr., G, 12.1 Alex Harris, 6-3, R-Sr., F, 7.6 Probable Marquette starters Allazia...
Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

I had the brilliant idea to do bracket picks immediately and lock those in then come back and do another set that would be my official picks then compare the two.  I ended up hardly making any changes.  This morning I put Seton Hall in the Elite Eight, and a larger part of the reason than I would like to admit is that I felt like I needed to make SOME change to justify the entire experiment...
Dayton could be back in running for guard who chose Ole Miss

Dayton could be back in running for guard who chose Ole Miss

A 2018 recruit who visited the Dayton Flyers in September is reopening his recruitment after signing with Mississippi. Serrel Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Petersburg, Fla., announced Tuesday he has asked to be released from his signed letter of intent. His decision came after Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy stepped down in February. » WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Looking back at Dayton&rsquo...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

The NFL’s 2018 league year begins today.  The Cleveland Browns have already been busy, and the Cincinnati Bengals made a big move Monday to address their biggest need.  What’s next?  Well, the world seems to be Cleveland’s oyster, as it usually is in the offseason before games come back around to get in the way.  The Bengals are probably back in conservative mode...
First Four: Bonnies’ first NCAA win in 48 years? ‘It can’t get better’

First Four: Bonnies’ first NCAA win in 48 years? ‘It can’t get better’

March emotion was on display Tuesday night in the First Four at UD Arena. St. Bonaventure, Radford and the crowd made sure of that. St. Bonaventure won its first NCAA Tournament game since its Final Four run in 1970 with Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, defeating UCLA 65-58. Radford defeated LIU Brooklyn 71-61 in the opener for the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. St. Bonaventure coach Mark...
Dayton recruit finishes high school career among top 40 scorers in Ohio history

Dayton recruit finishes high school career among top 40 scorers in Ohio history

Dayton Flyers recruit Dwayne Cohill finished his high school career with 2,182 points. That ranks 31st in Ohio history, according to the Ohio High School Basketball Association record book. Cohill’s senior season ended when Holy Name High School lost 74-66 to Bay in overtime a Division II district final Saturday. He had 28 points in his final game. In 24 games, Cohill averaged 22.6 points per...
Dayton’s Grant will help coach U-18 national team this summer

Dayton’s Grant will help coach U-18 national team this summer

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant will help coach the men’s national under-18 team this summer, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. Grant and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning will assist the head coach, Bill Self, of Kansas, in the FIBA Americas championship June 11-17 in St. Catherines, Canada. This is Grant’s second stint with USA Basketball. He was an assistant on the 2008 U-18 team...
Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

The Cincinnati Bengals started the legal tampering period of NFL free agency by potentially filling a big hole on their roster with a trade.  Cordy Glenn was a second-round pick out of Georgia six years ago and had a strong career for the Buffalo Bills until last year, when injuries reduced the left tackle’s effectiveness and eventually landed him on Injured Reserve.  Does that make...
First Four: Former Flyers assistant happy to be back at UD Arena

First Four: Former Flyers assistant happy to be back at UD Arena

It’s been 15 years since Ron Jirsa last stood on the sidelines at UD Arena, but the memories are flooding back this week. A former Dayton Flyers assistant on Oliver Purnell’s staff in the early 2000s, Jirsa is back for the First Four after helping coach Radford to its third NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2009. Jirsa joined Mike Jones’ staff in 2015 and works mainly with...
Dayton women earn NCAA berth for eighth time in nine years

Dayton women earn NCAA berth for eighth time in nine years

The first segment of the NCAA women’s tournament selection show Monday ended without the Dayton Flyers hearing their name called. They started to get nervous, even if everything they had heard for the last week pointed to them earning a berth. Finally, the news came. Dayton (23-6) showed up on the screen as a No. 9 seed playing No. 8 seed Marquette (23-9) in Louisville, Ky., at 2:30 p.m. Friday...
Seven things to know about this year’s First Four field

Seven things to know about this year’s First Four field

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley won Selection Sunday when video surfaced of his reaction to seeing his older brother Bobby, the head coach at Arizona State, make the NCAA tournament field. Dan screamed with joy, pumped his fist and then bent over and put his head in his hands. He cried tears of joy as his players patted him on the back. Earlier in the day, Rhode Island lost 58-57 to Davidson in the...
Sports Today: March Madness is upon us

Sports Today: March Madness is upon us

The NCAA tournament field has been revealed, and the outrage meter seems to be lower than usual.  Maybe that’s just me, though, because I don’t care about major-conference teams who get snubbed.  I would have rather seen St. Mary’s and Middle Tennessee State in than Syracuse or Oklahoma, but I’m not losing any sleep over it.  The seeding seems to have been less...
Knee-jerk reactions to the NCAA tournament field

Knee-jerk reactions to the NCAA tournament field

We can’t overanalyze the NCAA tournament until we start analyzing it, so here are a few random thoughts on the field upon its initial unveiling:  That is not to say the Buckeyes were treated unfairly. A five seed is fine.  But they ended up with one of the tougher mid-majors in South Dakota State, a team that  (unlike Ohio State) is already used to the NCAA tournament experience...
UCLA, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure among teams headed to First Four

UCLA, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure among teams headed to First Four

The eight teams playing in the First Four this week in Dayton include two of the winningest programs in NCAA history and one current and one former coach from Atlantic 10 Conference who know their way around UD Arena. Here’s a quick glance at the four games, which were announced Sunday with the rest of the NCAA tournament field. 6:40 p.m. Tuesday: No. 16 seed Long Island-Brooklyn (18-16) vs...
Xeyrius Williams announces he’s leaving Dayton Flyers

Xeyrius Williams announces he’s leaving Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant announced Sunday he has granted junior Xeyrius Williams a release from his scholarship and that Williams intends to transfer. Williams, a 6-9 forward, said he would have “no further comment” on his decision. He appeared in 18 games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Williams, a graduate of...
Dayton women a No. 9 seed in latest NCAA bracket projection

Dayton women a No. 9 seed in latest NCAA bracket projection

One day before Selection Monday, the Dayton Flyers look to be in good shape to play in the NCAA women’s tournament for the second year in a row and eighth time in nine years. In ESPN’s latest bracket projection, updated Sunday, Dayton is a No. 9 seed playing No. 8 seed California in Starkville, Miss. The winner would play the host team, No. 1 seed Mississippi State, or the No. 16 seed...
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