Junior forwards Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson have been dismissed from the Dayton men’s basketball team, coach Archie Miller announced Wednesday.
Devon Scott, right, in his last game with the Flyers at Arkansas. David Jablonski/Staff
As Archie Miller said Wednesday, it’s like the Flyers are starting the season over in mid-December. That’s how much the news of Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson’s dismissal changes things for Dayton.
I remember writing a little over a year ago about the strength of the sophomore class, a group that included Dyshawn Pierre, Khari Price, Robinson and Scott.
All four played significant minutes as freshman with only Scott not playing double-figure minutes that season. Robinson started the first game of his freshman season. Pierre and Price started as a sophomores. Robinson and Scott were key contributors off the bench, but then almost everyone was last year. The “True Team” motto was born of the idea that the Flyers had no stars and they needed everyone to play and contribute.
That’s certainly true today, but for a different reason. The Flyers need everyone to play because they don’t have any other options. Only one of those four players remain, Pierre, and he has a chance to climb high in the Dayton record books before his career ends. Khari Price transferred, and by now, you know yesterday’s news about Robinson and Scott (see below), who probably won’t be invited back for the Elite Eight reunion in 20 years.
The Flyers are so short-handed, they’re a couple of sprained ankles away from Miller turning into Norman Dale and telling the referee, “My team’s on the court,” as everyone wonders how they’ll compete with only four players.
OK, that’s a bit of a stretch and just an excuse to work a “Hoosiers” reference into this post, but Dayton will have only seven scholarship players available Saturday against Boston University and walk-on Bobby Wehrli. An eighth scholarship player, Detwon Rogers, could return soon, but he still hasn’t been cleared for full-contact practices as he works his way back from a knee injury.
I have no doubt the remaining Flyers will compete harder than ever. On the other hand, it’s going to be harder than ever to compete with no one taller than 6-6 available. Rebounding will be an issue. Foul trouble could hurt. A team that hasn’t shot well will need to hit more outside shots. Miller should win A-10 coach of the year if he gets this team to finish in the top half of the conference.
Why are the Flyers in this predicament? Here’s part of my story from yesterday: