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Former Dayton Flyers star Johnson, getting a good look from NBA teams

 

Chris Johnson (megasportsnews.com photo)

Former Columbus Brookhaven and Dayton Flyers swingman, Chris Johnson has been getting a good look from NBA scouts and general managers as a possible pick in the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft.

Johnson, who was a key performer for the Flyers the past four years, averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this past season. It also helped him to have played with NBA Development League player Chris Wright, who received national attention and NBA scouts during his career at UD and in the process, they were able to see the talents of Johnson.

There is some discrepency of Johnson being 6-feet-6-inches tall or 6’3. One of Johnson’s friends in Columbus told me recently that he is every bit of 6’6.

Johnson has been very impressive with his ability to handle the ball, shoot from 3-point land and his free throw shooting. He is also a solid defender.

NBA teams say that he has also been impressive in the interview process during visits.

Johnson, who is being projected as a #2 guard, has spent the past month training in New York.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & internet reports

Dayton falls to Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia for sixth straight time

Press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

 

PHILADELPHIA – Chris Johnson tallied 17 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Dillard scored 17 as well to go with six assists as the Dayton Flyers lost to the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 77-63.
Dayton saw its two-game win streak snapped and dropped 14-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Flyers also lost at Saint Joseph’s for the sixth consecutive time.
UD led most of the game until midway through the second half. That’s when the Hawks went on a 15-1 run to take a 58-46 lead.
In fact, the Hawks scored 50 points in the second half and shot 70 percent from the field going 21-of-30. The 70 percent field goal percentage from floor was a season high allowed by the Flyer defense.

Chris Johnson had solid game in loss (courtesy of UD athletics)

Offensively in the game, Dayton shot 35 percent from the field but went 7-for-27 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph’s had only five turnovers and shot 53 percent from the field.
UD led 32-27 at the half thanks in part to Johnson’s 12 points. It was a season high in the first half for Johnson as the Flyers shot just 33 percent from the field, but out-rebounded SJU 27-14.
On the glass, the Flyers lost for only the second time this season when out-rebounding their opponent.
Other contributors for Dayton included Josh Parker with eight points and three rebounds, Ralph Hill with seven points and Matt Kavanaugh with six points and three boards.
The Flyers return home on Saturday, Jan. 28 to host the Rhode Island Rams at 7 p.m. ET.

Dayton uses Gruden’s pep talk to dominate arch-rival Xavier

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(Dayton’s Kevin Dillard talks about win over Xavier)


Most people who follow sports do not realize that Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning coach is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Gruden, who most people say looks like the movie doll “Chuckie”, was quarterback for the Dayton Flyers football team in the 1980′s and led the team to a couple of Stagg Bowls.

He is a proud alumnus and watches the Flyers basketball team on ESPN when he can.

He was instrumental in Dayton’s 87-72 win over the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena.

Gruden, wearing his old Dayton football lettermen’s jacket, was asked by basketball head coach Archie Miller to talk to the players at an 8 a.m. film session and give them a pep talk. He told the players to “go out, play hard and share the ball.” The players listened and were grateful that Gruden came back to talk to the team.

Before a sellout crowd of 13, 435, the Flyers did everything Gruden told them as they blasted the Musketeers.

(courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Junior Matt Kavanaugh scored 20 points while hauling down 9 rebounds, and junior point guard Kevin Dillard, who was selected the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, which goes to the game’s MVP, had 16 points and nine assists as the Dayton took control of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Overall, UD is 14-5, 4-1 while Xavier falls to 13-6, 4-2. The other A-10 top teams have at least two losses.

The Flyers worked the ball around the perimeter in the half-court offense and were able to score at will from 3-point land, getting second and third chances on the offensive rebounds and just basically outhustled the more-publicized Musketeers.

Dayton built up an 18-point lead in the 2nd half, and Xavier could not get it under 11 the rest of the game.

The Flyers frustrated Xavier stars Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons all game and it showed. They missed open shots and layups and could not score at will in previous matchups. Holloway scored 21 and Lyons 20, but most of those points came after the game had long been decided. They were the only Musketeers in double figures scoring.

Kevin Dillard (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

On the other hand, the Flyers had four players in double figures to support Kavanaugh and Dillard. Josh Parker added 16 and Paul Williams scored 13. Dayton also dominated the paint eventhough Xavier has 7-footer Kenny Frease, scoring 28 points and the bench play went to the Flyers, who are deeper, 27-16.

It was obvious that Xavier head coach Chris Mack was upset with his team’s intensity from the game’s outset. The Muskies did not come out at halftime until there was only 2:49 left on the clock.

The next matchup will come in February on the 18th at the Cintas Center where Dayton has never won and has had some nightmarish games. Maybe this might be the year to sweep Xavier.

 

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UD coach Miller to participate in Charity Coaches Challenge

 

Press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

 

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller is one of 48 NCAA Division I coaches taking part in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. 

Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period,  at espn.com/infiniti.

Infiniti will donate $5,000 to each of the charities involved, along with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach’s charity. Miller is representing the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, and even prouder that the local charity that will benefit from this is the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton,” Miller said. “Our program’s motto is ‘All In’ and it would be hard to find something better for our fans to be ‘All In’ for than them.”

 

Archie Miller (courtesy of UD athletics)

For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.

From January 18 to March 8, Infiniti is helping 48 of the nation’s top college basketball coaches compete to raise money for charities in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Coaches will count on their network of fans, alumni, students, faculty and charities to advance to the finals. School supporters will have a chance to vote daily for their favorite coach in each of the four regions — East, South, West and Midwest.

In order to vote, fans must register online for an ESPN.com account. Registration is a simple and FREE three-step process. Fans can log on to ESPN.com and click the “Register” link in the upper-right corner to get started.

Visit DaytonFlyers.com and keep following UD’s social media sites in the coming days on where and how to vote.

Infiniti, a proud corporate partner of NCAA® Men’s Basketball, will donate $5,000 to each participating coach’s selected charity. The coach who receives the most votes will win $100,000, which will be awarded to his selected charity.

“The overwhelming popularity of men’s college basketball provides an outstanding platform for coaches across America,” said NABC President Ernie Kent. “While most fans follow every aspect of their teams’ on-court performances, the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge enables people to see the numerous charitable and community endeavors championed by coaches off the court.”

Flyers’ Johnson to miss St. Bonaventure game tonight

 

Chris Johnson (courtesy of UD athletics)

University of Dayton senior Chris Johnson will miss Wednesday’s game at St. Bonaventure after suffering a blow to the head in Monday’s practice.  He has not been diagnosed with a concussion but is being held from the trip as a precaution.
For the season, Johnson is third on the team in scoring (10.6).  He is also first in three-pointers made (33), second in rebounding (5.5), third in assists (29) and fourth in FT% (.806, 29-36).  He turned in back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Saint Louis and Temple to start Atlantic 10 play after fellow forward Josh Benson tore his ACL and was lost for the season.

Currently tied for 28th in career scoring at Dayton with 1,239 points, Johnson had started 57 straight games for the Flyers.

Dayton is 12-4 overall in 2011-12, and tied for first one week in the A-10 season with Charlotte and La Salle with a 2-0 record.  UD’s next game after St. Bonaventure is on Saturday, Jan. 14 at home against the Explorers.
Press Release courtesy of Dayton athletics
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