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Published: Saturday, March 04, 2017 @ 11:36 AM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers made history Wednesday, clinching their first outright Atlantic 10 championship with a 79-72 victory against Virginia Commonwealth at UD Arena. They can make a lot more this month.
Dayton’s seniors have already set the school record for victories (102 and counting). The team won 15 conference games, which is also a school record. UD also set a school record by averaging 13,018 fans in home games.
Here’s a rundown of other records the team and players could set and milestones they could hit:
Most wins: The Flyers are 24-5 with one game remaining in the regular season. UD set the school record for victories in 1951-52 with a 28-5 mark. The Flyers could tie the mark by beating George Washington in an 8 p.m. Saturday game and then winning three games at the A-10 tournament in Pittsburgh next week. Dayton has twice won 27 games in recent years (2008-09 and 2014-15).
Best winning percentage: The 1957-58 team (25-4) won 86.2 percent of its games. Dayton’s winning percentage stands at 82.8 right now.
Most games played: Senior point guard Scoochie Smith has played in every game the last four seasons (135). Kyle Davis (131) is not far behind. Chris Johnson set the school record (138) from 2008-12.
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Most consecutive games played: Smith is two games away from tying Kurt Huelsman and London Warren (137), who played in every game from 2006-10.
Points club: Smith ranks 29th in UD history in scoring (1,242) and should move into the top 25 by the end of the season. Senior Kendall Pollard has 1,122 points, ranking 35th. Senior Charles Cooke has 1,540 career points and 927 in the last two seasons at UD, ranking 52nd. Kyle Davis is tied for 64th with Nate Green (818).
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks.
Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.
Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach.
The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.
The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit.
WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?
A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.
Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him.
“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said.
He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday.
“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”
WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS?
Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA.
He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.
He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.
Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.
The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.
“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
DAYTON — Nine days remain until the NBA Draft. A 28-year drought for the Dayton Flyers will end if former UD forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, who left the program and the university in March, hears his name called.
As expected, Antetokounmpo did not withdraw his name from the draft at 5 p.m. Monday, which was the deadline for early entrants who had not signed with an agent. That means he can’t return to college basketball.
Dayton hasn’t seen a player drafted since 1990 when Negele Knight went to the Phoenix Suns in the second round with the 31st overall pick.
In ESPN’s latest mock draft, it projects the 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo, who averaged 5.2 points in his one season on the court for the Flyers, also to go to the Suns in the second round with the 59th pick, the second-to-last selection.
A mock draft by BleacherReport.com projected Antetokounmpo to be taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round with the 56th pick.
“The Thunder can take a flier on Antetokounmpo, whose skill level is limited,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman, of Bleacher Report. “He'll try to carve out a role as a defensive specialist for his switchability and disruptive length.
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On Monday, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported Antetokounmpo had “mysteriously elected to cancel all of his remaining scheduled private NBA workouts. Expect rampant speculation among NBA teams as to why.”
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
DAYTON — Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant had a front-row seat Monday during one of the biggest blowouts ever seen in international basketball.
Grant, who is an assistant coach with Wake Forest coach Danny Manning under Kansas coach Bill Self for the USA Under-18 team, watched as the Americans beat Panama 118-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. The U.S. team improved to 2-0 in Group A play in the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship and plays Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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The United States outscored Panama 43-0 in the first quarter and led 70-8 at halftime.
“I’ve never seen a score like that after one quarter,” Self said. “After that, they still tried to play the right way.”
Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 1:25 PM
CINCINNATI — Second baseman Scooter Gennett leads the Cincinnati Reds in voting for the 89th All-Star Game.
Gennett, who seeks to become a first-time all-star, ranks third among National League players at his position with 309,512 votes. He trails the Atlanta Braves’ Ozzie Albies (398,816) and the Cubs’ Javier Báez (360,307). Gennett was the NL Player of the Month in May and ranks tied for second in the league with 47 RBIs.
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Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who leads the league in RBIs (48), ranks fourth at his position with 87,659 votes. He trails the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (527,683), the Phillies’ Odúbel Herrera (189,234) and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (305,062).
Joey Votto ranks fifth among first basemen with 83,272 votes. He trails the Braves’ Freddie Freeman (633,342), the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo (248,275), the Giants’ Brandon Belt (162,750) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (113,392). Freeman leads all NL players in votes.