Two days before the season opener, the Dayton men’s basketball program turned its attention toward the future, signing four players who had verbally committed earlier this season.
Wayne’s Xeyrius Willliams and St. Henry’s Ryan Mikesell give the new recruiting class a local flavor. Sam Miller, of Washington, D.C., and John Crosby, a Baltimore point guard now playing in New Hampshire, add some East Coast flavor to the Flyers.
This class has size. Mikesell is 6-7. Williams and Miller are close to 6-9. They would look good next to the 6-11 Steve McElvene a couple years down the road.
Here are Archie Miller’s comments on the players:
* “Xeyrius Williams is one of the first guys we’ve seen grow up in front of us at Dayton during the recruiting process. He’s been with coach Travis Trice the entire time we’ve been here at UD and Xeyrius’ transformation as a player has been incredible. His skill level and size combination is his biggest gift. He is close to 6-9, but he brings a lot of guard skills to the table. This will allow us to move him all over the court and be a matchup nightmare. All that being said, he’s a great kid, a great student, and a great teammate which means more than anything in our eyes.”
* “Ryan Mikesell will be one of the all-time favorites here one day. He plays a style that everyone relates to – he is very unselfish and makes his teammates better. He’s 6-7 and his range on his shot is getting deeper, which is so key to be able to stretch floor. He is a high IQ player and his versatility will add to our depth at more than one position. Our strength program is going to be a huge benefit for him early on, and once his strength catches up to his skill level and basketball mindset, the sky is the limit.”
* “Sam Miller comes in with the advantage of playing in one of the premier high school basketball leagues in the country. The basketball environment he is in — playing at Gonzaga in the DC catholic league — is such a great proving ground for players. A young man from that situation is more ready to play at the college level than most. Sam’s skill set will allow him to play inside and out. Because he is close to 6-9 and a physical player he will have a unique opportunity to play a couple positions in his career. He will allow us to put up to 5 shooters on the floor one day.”
* “John Crosby, is a true throwback Baltimore city-point guard,” Miller said. “The first thing that attracted us to him was his toughness. He’s a leader wherever he’s been and he’s mature beyond his years. This year he will play for Pete Hutchins, who is one of the best prep coaches in the country, and John will get better each day that goes by. Early on most young point guards struggle with the physical demands of the college game. We feel John is college ready at 6-2, 190 and can have an impact with us immediately. His ability to push the ball and make people better will really add to our depth in the back court. Defensively, he will bring a toughness on the ball that can set a tone of how we want to play.”