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Dayton Flyers get Pickerington, Ohio native Ibi Watson as Michigan transfer

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON ATHLETICS

 

 

6-Foot-5 Wing Will Redshirt 2018-19 & Have Two Years In A Dayton Uniform

DAYTON — University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Ibrahim “Ibi” Watson, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound wing from Pickerington, Ohio, will transfer to UD from the University of Michigan.  Watson will redshirt the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions and then have two years of eligibility for the Flyers.

 

Watson was part of Michigan’s back-to-back Sweet 16 teams, including this year’s team that fell to Villanova in the NCAA championship game.  As a sophomore this season, Watson played 26 games for the Wolverines, averaging 5.2 minutes and 2.2 points a game.  He scored his career-high of seven points twice – at North Carolina and against Detroit.  He played in 45 games in his two seasons in Ann Arbor.

Ibi Watson (courtesy Michigan)

 

“We are very pleased to have Ibi join our Flyer Family,” Grant said.  “He is a young man who knew what he wanted after leaving a great University and winning basketball team at Michigan.  He has seen first-hand what it takes to be successful at this level.  I know he will utilize his redshirt year to improve himself in every way, and having an experienced, talented player to go against every day in practice next season will only help our younger players grow.  Ibi is an important piece of our future. Our team and campus community will enjoy having him become a Flyer.”

 

In high school, Watson earned All-Ohio honors all four seasons and played on three conference championship teams.  As a freshman and sophomore, he attended Athens High School and averaged 17.5 points a game in his two seasons.  He was Third Team Division II All-Ohio as a sophomore after being named Honorable Mention as a freshman.  He moved to Pickerington and played at Pickerington Central as a junior and senior.  Pickerington Central was 35-16 and he averaged 19.2 points a game in his two seasons. As a senior, he was First Team Division I All-Ohio and led the team to an Ohio Capital Conference title.   He was also Honorable Mention Division I as a junior.

 

Watson is the fourth member of the Dayton 2018-19 recruiting class.  He joins Dwayne Cohill and Jhery Matos, and Frankie Policelli as the first four Flyer recruits for 2018-19.  Cohill scored over 2,000 points for Holy Name High School in Cleveland and was named First Team Division II All-Ohio.  He signed in the fall.  Matos signed this spring, and was a junior college All-American for Monroe College in the Bronx.  Policelli was All-New York for Long Island Lutheran High School, and signed this week.

 

Dayton Flyers announce basketball roster update

 

Kostas Antetokounmpo

Matej Svoboda

DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant announced two players, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Matej Svoboda, will pursue professional basketball and not return to the University of Dayton. Another two, John Crosby and Jordan Pierce, will transfer.

Antetokounmpo and Svoboda each have informed Grant that they desire to pursue a professional basketball career, and will not return to school.

John Crosby

Jordan Pierce

Antetokounmpo, a redshirt freshman, played in 29 games, starting six. He averaged 15.1 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. Svoboda played in 28 games, averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds off the bench in his only season at Dayton.

Crosby and Pierce have been given their release and are pursuing transferring to another school. Crosby started nine of the first 12 games of the season and played in 26 overall. The junior averaged 14.7 minutes, 4.1 points and 1.9 assists per game. Pierce, a freshman, saw action in two games with one rebound.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant to become assistant with USA Basketball

 

(courtesy USA Basketball)

 

Anthony Grant (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

 

Flyer Head Coach To Serve As An Assistant On U18 Staff

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant will be an assistant coach this summer for USA Basketball’s entry in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men which will be held June 11-17 in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Kansas’ Hall of Fame coach Bill Self will be the team’s head coach. Joining Grant as an assistant will be Danny Manning of Wake Forest.

Training camp for the U18 National Team will be conducted from May 31-June 2 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. After the team is selected, they will continue training in Colorado Springs until departing for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship June 8.

Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000).

“It is truly an honor to represent our country as a member of the USA Basketball U18 coaching staff,” Grant said. “I look forward to working with coach Self and coach Manning and preparing our young men to qualify for next year’s U19 World Cup.”

This is Grant’s second stint with USA Basketball. He was an assistant for the 2008 USA Men’s U18 National Team, which played in the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina.

Grant is the fourth Flyer coach to serve with USA Basketball. Don Donoher had two stints, most notably as an assistant on the gold medal-winning team at the 1984 Olympics.  Oliver Purnell served five times, including at the 2004 Olympics and winning the gold as head coach at the 1999 World University Games. Archie Miller wan assistant when the U.S. won the gold at the 2014 FIBA U19 World Championships.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF USA BASKETBALL & DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers represented on All-Atlantic 10 teams by Cunningham and Crutcher

 

Jalen Crutcher in media session (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Josh Cunningham is always a great interview, win or lose (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Cunningham Named Third Team All-Atlantic 10, Crutcher Named To All-Rookie Team

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two University of Dayton men’s basketball players – Josh Cunningham and Jalen Crutcher – have earned All-Atlantic 10 honors in the conference end of the year awards presentation.  Cunningham, a redshirt junior forward from Chicago, was named Third Team All-Atlantic 10. Crutcher, the Flyers’ freshman point guard from Memphis, was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

Cunningham is ranked in the top 100 nationally in seven statistical categories.  He is seventh nationally in field goal percentage (.646, 1-277).  He leads the Flyers in scoring (15.5) and rebounding (8.3). His nine double-doubles are third-most in the A-10.  The two-time Dayton captain started all 30 games this season after coming back from an injury that limited him to just 11 games in 2016-17. Earlier in the year, he set the Dayton record for consecutive field goals made (22) over three games in December.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers basketball program releases Xeyrius Williams from scholarship

 

Xeyrius Williams talking to the media (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Junior Played In 76 Career Games At Dayton

 

University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that junior forward Xeyrius Williams received a release from his scholarship with the intention to transfer.

Williams, a 6-foot-9 player from Springfield, Ohio who played his high school ball at Wayne, played in 76 games over his three seasons at Dayton.

As a freshman he averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.  As a sophomore, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting .484 (93-192) from the field and .415 (39-94) from three-point range.  This season, he averaged 5.0 and 3.1, while shooting .347 (33-95) and .274 (17-62) while playing in 18 games.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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