Dayton Flyers forward Sam Miller faces assault charge after jail fight

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 11:10 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

UD Men's basketball player Sam Miller arrested and becomes insubordinate in back of cruiser.

Dayton Flyers men’s basketball player Sam Miller, a 20-year-old junior forward from Arlington, Va., faces allegations of underage drinking followed by an assault charge for his alleged role in a disturbance in jail.

Miller was arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication and underage consumption. On Monday, Miller was charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident in the Greene County Jail. He pleaded not guilty.

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“The University of Dayton is aware of an incident, but cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws,” Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in a statement. “With all student conduct matters, the University responds in accordance with the University’s Student Code of Conduct and other applicable standards.”

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According to public records, Miller, 20, appeared in court Monday. Bond was posted by James Pera, Miller’s uncle.

Miller’s attorney declined to comment Tuesday.

According to a Beavercreek police report, officers were dispatched to Caddy’s Taphouse at 2760 Towne Dr. in Beavercreek at 1:21 a.m. Sunday in reference to an assault.

A bartender told police Miller became upset when she told him he couldn’t have any more drinks, and he knocked all the glasses off the bar and pushed her, the report alleged.

A security officer escorted Miller outside the bar. Miller told the security officer he was going to punch someone and then pushed the officer, the report said, and that officer then took Miller to the ground and held him there until Beavercreek police arrived.

Upon arrival, Beavercreek police took Miller into custody. Officers said his speech was slurred and difficult to comprehend. He was uncooperative and combative at the time of the incident, screaming profanities and resisting officers’ attempts to get him into the back of the police vehicle, the report said. He also kicked the door of the vehicle, the report said.

The bartender completed a written statement, advising that she didn’t wish to pursue charges. Miller was issued a court summons for disorderly conduct and underage consumption and transported to Greene County Jail in Xenia. He appeared in Fairborn Municipal Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to those two charges, according to court records.

At Greene County Jail, Miller was placed in holding cell No. 1 and then urinated on the floor, the police report said.

John Watkins Jr. was brought in after being arrested by the Ohio State Patrol on OVI charge. According to the report, Watkins stated he didn’t want to be placed in the same cell where Miller had urinated. Watkins Jr. was informed the cell was being disinfected and cleaned and that would be his housing until he could be booked.

At 2:45 a.m, the report states, Miller and Watkins Jr. were seen fighting on a security camera in the cell. The video showed Miller walking over to Watkins and slapping him, the report said. Staff members were called to break up the fight. Miller was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital emergency room for evaluation. He had blood coming out of his nose and a bump on his forehead, the report said.

Miller, a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., has appeared in 53 games the past two seasons. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman and 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore.

Miller broke his foot playing basketball on April 1, the day Anthony Grant was hired, but was on schedule in his rehabilitation. Miller shared a video on Twitter of him dunking on Saturday.

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Scoochie Smith helps lead Cavaliers to Summer League quarterfinals

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:12 PM

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Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith turned in his best performance so far Saturday in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev.

Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. His tie-breaking 3-pointer with 4:21 to play gave the Cavs the lead for good.

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Smith made 6 of 12 field goals, 3 of 5 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws. He added three assists and a rebound in 18 minutes.

Cleveland is 4-1 in the Summer League. It will play Toronto or Charlotte in the semifinals on Sunday at at time to be announced. The championship game is Tuesday.

Smith had several highlight-reel plays featured by the Cavs on Twitter.

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Scoochie Smith helps Cavaliers advance to semifinals of NBA Summer League tournament

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:48 PM

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Scoochie Smith’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League will continue for at least one more game.

Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, had 10 points, two assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes Sunday as the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 82-68 in the quarterfinals of the Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

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The Cavaliers will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN2.

On Saturday in the quarterfinals, Smith scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets.

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Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Hunter Greene #3 of the Cincinnati Reds and the U.S. Team pitches in the fourth inning World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Hunter Greene #3 of the Cincinnati Reds and the U.S. Team pitches in the fourth inning World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Dayton Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene topped 100 miles per hour on his first seven pitches in the Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

However, another Cincinnati Reds prospect, Taylor Trammell, overshadowed Greene by winning the Larry Doby Award, which goes to the game’s MVP. He’s the first Reds prospect to win the honor.

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Greene and Trammell played for the United States team, which beat the World team 10-6.

Greene pitched 1 1/3 innings for the United States team, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and a strikeout. His fastest pitch reached 103.1 miles per hour.

White Sox prospect Luis Alexander Basabe, the first batter Greene faced, hit a home run.

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Greene is 3-7 with a 4.69 ERA in 16 starts for Dayton. He has 80 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

Trammell, of the Single-A Daytona Tortugas, hit a home run in the sixth inning to give the USA a 6-5 led. He tripled and scored in the eighth inning.

Trammell is hitting .295 with six home runs and 29 RBIs for Daytona.

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Report: Reds have expressed interest in long-term deal for Scooter Gennett 

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

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Will Scooter Gennett still be a Cincinnati Red at the end of the month? 

That is a question that has been asked for much of the season, and it might have a new answer — one a lot of fans will probably like

"Just from the talks that I've had with the guys in control of all those things, I feel like they want me here. I feel like, just from what I've been told, they want me here for the long term," Gennett told on Friday. "What I'm getting is [CEO Bob Castellini] wants me here for a while. When it comes to all of the trade stuff, it would be going against what I've been hearing.” 

Gennett, a Lebanon native, is having his second straight great season with the Reds

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He has become both a fan favorite and a potentially valuable trade chip along the way, and Reds general manager Nick Krall was noncommittal in the same story from

"If there is something out there that makes your club better going into the future and long haul, you have to explore every possibility. With that said, he's been one of the most productive players in the National League over the last year-and-a-half. We'd like him as part of this club. We think he's a valuable part of this club.”

On Sunday, national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Reds have had “minimal talks” about a contract extension.

As a native of Southwest Ohio, he has called getting to wear a Reds uniform a dream come true and said he would like to be in Cincinnati for a long time

However, the general assumption has been he (and others) would likely be traded as the team continues to add assets to build for the future. 

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The team also will need to make room for top prospect Nick Senzel at some point, though not until next spring because he is out for the rest of the season after tearing a finger ligament. 

Senzel can play multiple positions, and the possibility of moving Gennett to the outfield was floated earlier this season. 

Making a long-term commitment to Gennett would certainly be a signal to fans the Reds believe they are done rebuilding after languishing in last place for most of the last four years. 

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