Mikesell opens up about Flyers “lost” season

Senior leader talks about frustrating ending

Flyer Ryan Mikesell on team's "lost" season

Dayton, Ohio — It wasn’t the way Ryan Mikesell hoped his senior season would end. Especially since since that season was arguably the best in the history of the University of Dayton basketball program.

“I’ve definitely gotten better with time,” Mikesell said from his home in St. Henry. “At first it was a touchy subject just because there was so much riding on the season and the season had been so awesome in terms of the community support and everybody surrounding you.”

Mikesell also winced at the talk of virtual championships with a handful on online sites crowning the Flyers “National Champions" in a tournament that was never played.

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“I read it and just got a little angry at it because I wish we would have had a chance to actually go through those games.”

Mikesell has hired an agent to help him find his next team, but in this “new normal” that has not been easy. Ryan is back home in St. Henry trying to stay in shape and avoid think too much about what might have been.

“You’ve got to look at the positives,” MIkesell said. “We had one of the best seasons and we ended our careers as champions. Obviously you want to be national champions but we were A-10 champions and we made history...so you just have to be grateful for what you had.”