NCB On The Trail: Dayton Flyers

Scout's take: Edwards to Purdue 

September, 14, 2013
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Purdue coach Matt Painter received some good news on Saturday when ESPN 100 small forward Vincent Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), ranked No. 83 overall, committed to the Boilermakers over offers from Dayton, Michigan and Xavier.

"I picked Purdue because it feels like home and I am very comfortable here," wrote Edwards via text from Saturday's Notre Dame-Purdue football game.

This is a great pickup for Matt Painter, landing the second-best player from the state of Ohio. Only Ohio State commit Jae'Sean Tate ranks higher.

Why did he pick Purdue? And what will he bring to the Boilermakers? Let's break it down.

Dayton picked up a major commitment from 6-foot-4 combo guard Darrell Davis (Detroit, Mich./Douglass Academy for Young Men) on Sunday morning. The four-star prospect also held an offer from in-state powerhouse Michigan State.

What does this mean for the Flyers?


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Buckeyes land 2015 PG A.J. Harris

August, 13, 2013
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Junior point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar) put an end to his recruitment on Monday night with a verbal pledge to Ohio State, multiple sources are reporting.

The four-star prospect chose the in-state Buckeyes over Dayton, Illinois State and Xavier, among others. He is the first recruit for head coach Thad Matta and his staff from the 2015 class.

Chicago wing Kendall Pollard picks Dayton 

October, 19, 2012
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Dayton head coach Archie Miller landed a verbal commitment from small forward Kendall Pollard (Chicago/Simeon) on Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"They not only got a great basketball player, but they got a great kid," Simeon head coach Rob Smith told the paper.

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Dayton scored an important commitment early Friday evening from 6-foot-3 guard Dayshon Smith (Bronx, N.Y./Putnam Science Academy).

Smith had seen his recruiting skyrocket over the last three months as he proved to be one of the few two-guards who was capable of sliding over to the point without a problem thanks to his instinctive feel for the game and an enhanced driving game to match his 3-point range.

Smith picked up offers from Illinois, Providence, Penn State and the vast majority of the Atlantic 10 after his summer with the New York Lightning and was receiving increasing interest from the likes of Kansas State, Memphis and others.

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Michigan PG picks Blazers 

August, 30, 2012
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Flint, Mich. point guard Denzel Watts (Carman-Ainsworth H.S.) announced Thursday his verbal commitment to Alabama-Birmingham, mulitple sources are reporting.

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PG Wes Clark makes call for SEC 

August, 29, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that ESPN 100 point guard Wes Clark (Romulus, Mich./Romulus) verbally committed to Missouri on Wednesday.

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Morgan Park guard picks Dayton 

August, 27, 2012
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Chicago native Kyle Davis (Morgan Park H.S.) put an end to his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to coach Archie Miller and the Dayton Flyers, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The 6-foot-2 guard made his decision after visiting the campus in early August. He did not visit any other schools.

"This is a great position for me to be in - committing at this time," Davis told the paper. "I am sure there are some people that will say I should have waited, that I should have taken more visits. But I really like Dayton. And I am relieved to get it out of the way. Now I can focus on school and what we have to do to go on a state and city run at Morgan Park."

Davis held offers from Colorado State, Northwestern, Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago. He is the first recruit from the 2013 class for the Flyers.

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The power forward Ohio State coach Thad Matta is looking for might be just a few hours away.

Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) announced his five official visits and Ohio State is one of them. He’ll also visit Stanford, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Dayton.

Here’s what the 6-foot-7 Hayes had to say about each school:

Nigel Hayes
Courtesy Corey Albertson/Cincyprephoops.comNigel Hayes called Ohio State a 'dream school.'
Wisconsin (official visit scheduled for weekend of Aug. 31): “Wisconsin has been on me the hardest. They recruited me with Coach [Lamont] Paris and Coach [Bo] Ryan. They have big plans for me. I’m real excited to see the campus and see how everything will be.”

Minnesota (weekend of Sept. 7): “Tubby Smith, he’s a great coach. They have a great system. I was talking to him earlier about how I would fit in. I just want to go down there and see what they have to offer.”

Dayton (tentatively scheduled in between Minnesota and Stanford): “They’re a program that’s up and coming. They have a great coaching staff as well. They’re doing some things and getting better and better. The coaches have been talking to me and telling me how I fit in and how I can help them become even better. I want to get down there to see what I can do and how I will be able fit in.”

Stanford (weekend of Sept. 28): “Stanford has a really great staff. With Coach [Johnny] Dawkins being in the NBA and the fact they have other staff members that have also played at the highest level. You can’t go wrong when you’re being coached by the people that have been where you want to go.”

Ohio State (tentatively weekend of Oct. 5):“Ohio State has always been one of my dream schools that I have always wanted to go to. I’m real excited to get down there and take my visit.”


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UConn lands ESPN 100 PF 

August, 9, 2012
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6-foot-9 power forward Kentan Facey (Trelawny, Jamaica/Long Island Lutheran) made his college decision late Wednesday night with a verbal pledge to Connecticut. The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Facey, who came to New York from Jamaica in 2011, chose the Huskies following his unofficial visit to the Storrs, Conn. campus earlier Wednesday. "It just felt right at the moment," he told the Post. "Everything was just perfect - the situation, the campus is beautiful, the coaching staff is superb, all of that came together."

He held offers from Dayton, Memphis, St. John's, Rhode Island, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Providence and Xavier.

Facey is the first recruit for head coach Jim Calhoun and his staff rom the 2013 class.

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Power forward Kentan Facey (Jamaica/Long Island Lutheran H.S.), who burst on the scene during the summer AAU circuit, has named his final 11 schools.

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Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie has added another quality piece to an already very impressive 2012 recruiting class in combination-forward Aaron Ross (Little Rock, Ark./ St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (Wis.)).

"I had a great visit, I liked the campus, Coach G and the staff it was just a great fit for me," said Ross, who picked the Red Raiders over Alabama, Dayton and Arkansas who Ross was previously committed to.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward has a great basketball IQ and feel for the game. Ross is a bull inside who has a nice touch on the perimeter and is a glue guy who is a huge matchup problem. Ross posts up and shoots over smaller defenders or beats less-mobile defenders off the bounce.

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