Dayton Flyers expect a deep, talented team in 2019-2020

A key part of the 2018-2019 University of Dayton men’s basketball team, Jordan Davis announced earlier this week that he will transfer to Middle Tennessee State.

Davisannounced in March that he would leave the Flyers program. A 6-foot-2 guard from South Carolina, Davis started 32 of the Flyers’ 33 games this season and scored 572 points in his UD career. He averaged 9.8 points per game as a sophomore.

Davis chose Dayton over Butler and Kansas State when he committed to the school in 2016. His vacancy opens a scholarship for the Flyers, yet even without Davis, UD expects to have a deep and talented team in 2019-2020.

The Flyers will have the senior leadership of Wayne graduate Trey Landers and St. Henry’s Ryan Mikesell. Landers, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 8.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while Mikesell, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per content.

Jalen Crutcher emerged as one of the best point guards in the Atlantic 10 . The 6-foot-1 junior-to-be averaged 13.2 points and four rebounds to accompany a team-high 70 three-pointers and 187 assists. Davis was second on the team in treys with 54 and Mikesell’s 77 assists was second on the Flyers. Crutcher was undoubtedly UD’s best three-point shooter and playmaker.

UD’s breakout star, Obi Toppin, had a freshman year to remember. He authored school records for freshman scoring (14.4 points per game), freshman field goal percentage (66.6) and dunks (83) along with 5.6 rebounds per game.

Dwayne Cohill, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, averaged just 3.5 points over 15.4 minutes per game, but he proved valuable with his defense and was part of head coach Anthony Grant’s rotation.

UD will also welcome back 6-foot-5 junior guard Jhrey Matos. The JUCO transfer from the Dominican Republic was a useful contributor on defense before tearing ligaments in his foot early in the season. He underwent surgery in December and will receive a medical redshirt and have two years of eligibility.

Transfers Chase Johnson (6-foot-9 forward from the University of Florida), Jordy Tshimanga (6-foot-11 center from Nebraska University), Ibi Watson (6-foot-5 guard from the University of Michigan) and Rodney Chatman (6-foot-1 guard from Chattanooga) look to add to UD’s depth and talent.

A four-star recruit who ESPN ranked 98th in his class in 2017, Johnson was slowed by ailments with the Gators. Chatman experienced some success at Chattanooga, starting 28 games as a sophomore and averaging 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists over 32 minutes per game.

Moulaye Sissoko, a 6-foot-10 recruit, will be the lone true freshman entering the Flyers’ program in 2019. He is from West Africa and attended Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, Ga.

UD is one of three finalists for Sinclair Community College sharpshooter Sean McNeil.

The 6-foot-4 McNeil led all NJCAA Division II players with 29.7 points per game. The Union, Ky. native established a Sinclair single-game scoring record with 55 points against Bryant & Stratton on Nov. 17, 2018. He also added 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while converting 43.1 percent of his shot beyond the arc and 87.6 percent from the free throw line.

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