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Former Dayton Flyers find new homes in pro basketball

Published: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard watch as a teammate shoots a free throw in the second half against George Mason on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard watch as a teammate shoots a free throw in the second half against George Mason on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Two former Dayton Flyers have new homes in pro basketball.

Kendall Pollard, a 2017 University of Dayton graduate, signed late last month to play in Austria with USBC Graz.

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In his first season in pro basketball in 2017-18, Pollard played in the NBA G League and then in Iceland. He played for the Dayton alumni team, Red Scare, in The Basketball Tournament last summer.

Pollard’s former teammate, Scoochie Smith, also a 2017 graduate, has returned to the NBA G League — and he’s playing closer to Dayton than ever.

Smith debuted with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Monday, one day after they announced they had acquired him from the Canton Charge in exchange for the returning player rights to Omari Johnson.

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Smith played earlier this season in Greece with Peristeri. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.2 assists in 12 games.

Smith started his pro career in Cairns, Australia, in 2017, and then played in the NBA G League with the Canton Charge at the end of the 2017-18 season.

After playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League, he returned to their G League team in Canton and played there for the entire 2018-19 season. He averaged 12.2 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds last season in 50 games. He started 46 games.