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Dayton Flyers men’s basketball to play in 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

MAUI, Hawaii – Continuing their commitment to enhancing the non-conference schedule and increasing national exposure, the University of Dayton Flyers were announced as a part of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational eight-team field.

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational field showcases a collection of programs that boasts a combined 190 NCAA Tournament appearances, 44 Final Four berths and an incredible 18 national championships.

Dayton will be joined by BYU, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and host Chaminade for the 36th annual Tournament, which will be contested Nov. 25-27 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational has earned a reputation for showcasing powerhouse teams year over year, and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in 2019,” said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom. “The Lahaina Civic Center will host some of college basketball’s best programs, coaches and players when these eight teams converge in Maui.”

The Flyers will make their fourth Maui Jim Maui Invitational appearance. Dayton previously played in 2000, 2003 and 2013.

Dayton is 7-2 in its previous appearances at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. In 2000, UD placed in third after upsetting No. 12 UConn and No. 6 Maryland. In 2003, the Flyers won the tournament title after knocking off Central Michigan, San Diego State and Hawai’i. The Flyers placed in third again in 2013 with victories over No. 12 Gonzaga and Cal.

The 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be the 12th consecutive exempt tournament for the Flyers. UD will also play in the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.

Since the inception of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in 1984, 124 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the event. Teams that have participated in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational throughout the event’s history own 68 of the 79 NCAA Division I Basketball Championships. Six schools have gone on to win the National Championship after competing in Maui earlier in the season.

Fans can immediately begin planning to catch all the action at the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Log on to mauiinvitational.com/2019travel for details on travel package information or visit mauiinvitational.com/2019info and register to receive email alerts from the Tournament.

Dayton Flyers sign high-scoring guard Jhery Matos

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Jhery Matos (courtesy Dayton)

 

Junior College All-American Will Have Two Years Of Eligibility At Dayton

 

DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Jhery Matos, a 6-foot-6 guard from Monroe College, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Dayton.  Monroe is a junior college located in the Bronx.  Matos will have two seasons eligibility at UD.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Matos was named a NJCAA Third Team All-American this season after leading Monroe to a 20-11 record and the regional championship game. He averaged 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his only season at Monroe.  He shot 43.1 % from the field, 35.8% from three-point range and 71.3% from the free throw line.  He was also NJCAA Region XV Player of the Year and team MVP for Monroe.

“We are very excited to announce Jhery’s signing,” Grant said.  “He is a long, athletic guard who can play multiple perimeter positions and be effective at both ends of the floor.  His international experience in the Dominican National Team program is a plus.  He will give us mature leadership, and fit in very well with our culture as well as our style of play.

“He is highly motivated to succeed and is very appreciative of the opportunity he has in front of him as a student-athlete at University of Dayton.”

The newest Flyer is from Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’ capital.  He grew up in the basketball-centric Villa Juana neighborhood and played for the renowned Matos Baez club team.   In 2013, he made the decision to move to the United States to further his education and move his basketball career forward.

He attended Calusa Prep in Miami, Fla. for one year and spent one season in Orlando at West Oaks Academy.  He averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game as senior.

After high school, he spent his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, a junior college in Melbourne, Fla.   Matos started the first six games and hit double figures four times, but suffered an injury that caused him to miss 17 of the team’s last 19 games.  He averaged 5.3 points a game for the entire 2016-17 season at Eastern Florida before transferring to Monroe last year.

In addition to his high school and junior college experience in the states, Matos has played for the Dominican Republic’s U19 team and has trained with the national team.

Dayton was 14-17 in 2018-19.  The Flyers return four starters, including All-Atlantic 10 performer Josh Cunningham.  A two-year team captain, Cunningham led UD in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (8.4), and was fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.646, 186-288).

Matos joins fall signee Dwayne Cohill as the first two 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.

 

Josh Cunningham, Mr. Reliable, Mr. Dependable every game, named UD Flyers MVP

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

DAYTON – University of Dayton team captain Josh Cunningham has been named the Flyers’ 2017-18 White-Allen Most Valuable Player.

Cunningham is ranked in the top 100 nationally in seven statistical categories. He led the Flyers in scoring (15.6), rebounding (8.4) and field goal percentage (.646). The two-time Dayton captain started all 31 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.

Cunningham was named Second Team NABC All-District and Third Team All-Atlantic 10.

The Chicago native and Morgan Park graduate finished the season fifth nationally in field goal percentage.

The White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy is sponsored by Tim White and White-Allen Auto Group, Inc.  The award is selected by members of the team. The White-Allen Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953.  White-Allen now sponsors the MVP award for UD’s men’s and women’s basketball, football and volleyball teams.

Josh Cunningham (megasportsnews.com photo)

As the team’s top rebounder, Cunningham also won the “Shorty” Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Trophy.  The Sharpenter award is named for Hall of Famer Ned “Shorty” Sharpenter, and has been sponsored by his family since its inception in 1979.

Darrell Davis was the winner of the Alex Schoen Memorial Free Throw Trophy as UD’s top free throw shooter.  The Flyer senior guard made 105 of 125 free throws (87.5%).  The Detroit native was second on the team in scoring (15.4 points a game), and assists (2.7), and was third in rebounding (4.1).  Davis’ performance was the eighth-best single-season free throw percentage in UD history.  It also moved him up to sixth on Dayton’s career free throw list with final numbers of 175 for 219 (.799). The Schoen Trophy is named in honor of Alex Schoen, Sr., the captain of UD’s first varsity basketball team in 1903-04. Awarded since 1950, it is sponsored by Alex Schoen, Jr.  It goes to the UD player with the highest FT% with a minimum of 50 free throws attempted.

Trey Landers was named the Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player.  After playing in just 53 minutes over nine games and averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds as a freshman, Landers started all 29 games he played in 2017-18. He was third on the team in scoring (11.3 points per game) and second in rebounding (5.6).  He scored 27 points all of last season, and scored 26 in one game (Fordham) this season.  Over the final 10 games of the year, the Dayton native was the Flyers’ top player, averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting .634 (64 of 101) from the field, .391 (9 of 23) from beyond the arc and .724 (21 of 29) from the line.  The Daniels Award is presented in memory of Flyer center Chris Daniels.  Originated in 1994-95 as the most improved player award, this award was renamed for Daniels following his death in 1996.

Jordan Davis was named the winner of the Thomas M. Luppe Award, which is awarded to the first-year player (or players) on the team who best demonstrates the courage, desire and integrity of former Flyer freshman Tom Luppe.  Davis, who hails from Irmo, S.C., was Dayton’s fifth-leading scorer (8.0).  His .394 (56 of 142) three-point shooting percentage led UD, was ninth overall in the A-10 and was the top mark in the conference among freshmen.  The Luppe Award honors Thomas M. Luppe, who died in 1963 while playing in a UD freshman game.

Junior guard Jack Westerfield was presented with the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award.   The Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Award is presented in memory of Dayton businessman John L. Macbeth, and is sponsored by Mrs. John L. Macbeth and family.  It has been awarded since 1959.  A walk-on, Westerfield saw action in 10 games last season (nine in conference play) and scored eight points.

Junior forward Ryan Mikesell was named the 2018-19 winner of the James G. and Purcell S. Palmer Endowed Scholarship. Mikesell missed the 2017-18 season rehabbing surgically repaired hips after playing in all 32 games (24 starts) in 2016-17.

Freshman point guard Jalen Crutcher was awarded the 2018-19 Uhl Family Endowed Scholarship.  Crutcher and classmate Jordan Davis each played in all 31 games and started 22.  The 44 starts by a pair of freshman guards are by far the most in Flyer basketball history.  Memphis native Crutcher was UD’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.2 points per game, and led the Flyers in assists (4.4).  He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.

Redshirt freshman Obadiah Toppin was named the winner of the Dr. George Rau Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player (or players) who display true team spirit, on and off the court.  While Toppin was unable to play this season, he took it upon himself to bring a positive attitude to the team every time the Flyers were on the court.  This was evident in games when fans could see him, but also on the practice court.  Not only did Toppin improve his own game in preparation for next season during practice, he made his teammates better by pushing them every day.  This is the first time the award has been presented to a non-active player. The Harry O’Rourke Insurance Agency sponsors the Rau Award, which was first presented after the long-time Flyer team physician’s death in 1972.

Dayton finished the 2017-18 season 14-17 and returns five of its top six scorers and three of its top four rebounders.

2017-18 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

WHITE-ALLEN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

JOSH CUNNINGHAM

ALEX SCHOEN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE

DARRELL DAVIS

JOHN L. MACBETH SCHOLAR-ATHLETE

JACK WESTERFIELD

DR. GEORGE RAU SPIRIT AWARD

OBADIAH TOPPIN

“SHORTY” SHARPENTER TOP REBOUNDER

JOSH CUNNINGHAM

CHRIS DANIELS MEMORIAL AWARD

TREY LANDERS

THOMAS M. LUPPE MEMORIAL AWARD

JORDAN DAVIS

UHL FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

JALEN CRUTCHER

JAMES G & PURCELL S. PALMER SCHOLARSHIP

RYAN MIKESELL

UD Flyers adds highly-skilled 6’8 freshman recruit Frankie Policelli to 2018-19 roster

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Frankie Policelli (courtesy Dayton)

 

DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Frankie Policelli, a 6-foot-8, 205 pound forward from New Hartford, N.Y., has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Dayton.

 

 

Policelli played his senior season at Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y.  He was named Second Team All-New York by USA Today after averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 40 percent from three-point range and 86 percent from the line.  He helped Long Island Lutheran to a 22-3 overall record and a state-wide No. 1 ranking in Class AA.  LuHi won the SNY Invitational, was the runner-up in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, and reached the New York State Federation Class AA final four.

 

 

As a junior at New Hartford High School, Policelli averaged 28.1 points and 13.0 rebounds until a knee injury cut the 2016-17 season short.

 

“We’re excited to announce the addition of Frankie Policelli to our program,” Grant said.  “Frankie will fit very well into the fabric of our campus and community. He is highly motivated to achieve success both as a student and an athlete.  As a player, he possesses a great combination of size, skill, and athleticism that will fit nicely into our style of play on both ends of the floor.”

 

Policelli joins Dwayne Cohill and Jhery Matos as the first three 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.

 

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.

 

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