The 2015-16 college basketball season is just around the corner. In honor of the Flyers winning 53 games the last two seasons (and because I couldn’t come up with 2,015 reasons), I’m counting down 53 reasons (in no particular order) to look forward to the season.
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No. 21: Ryan Mikesell
One thing the Dayton roster has almost always had and one thing it lacked last season was a local flavor. After the team lost Dunbar grad Ryan Bass for the season with concussion issues, no one on the roster a season ago was from the Dayton area.
Jordan Sibert, of Cincinnati, was the most local player. The Flyers had two other Ohioans for nine games. They added another Ohioan midway through the season in Jeremiah Bonsu, of Pickerington.
This season, the Flyers have two players who could get the Dayton Daily News in their mailbox every day, you know if kids subscribed to newspapers. They are Wayne’s Xeyrius Williams and St. Henry’s Ryan Mikesell. A year from now, they’ll have another Wayne grad, Trey Landers.
Mikesell, a 6-7 forward, fell in love with Dayton on his visit and said choosing UD was an easy choice. He comes from a family of UD grads and played with Williams on All-Ohio Black. I don’t know if he’s related to Daniel Mikesell, the founder of Mike-Sell’s Potato Chips, but that would be a fun Tom Archdeacon column down the line.
Mikesell filled the stat sheet as a senior, averaged 22.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 blocks. Archie Miller talked about Mikesell with Sonny Fulks, of Press Pros Magazine, last week.
“I spent a good deal of the summer away in June while our freshman were entering the campus while our assistants were working them out,” Miller said. “There was one name that kept coming back to me while I was gone. The most surprising, the most impressive, the most consistent guy that we had of the new guys was Ryan Mikesell. I was anxious to return and get my own eyes on those guys.
“The first thing I quickly noticed is you’re dealing with a highly-competitive young kid, a guy that plays the right way for the right reasons, whether it was a one-on-one game or whether he was competing in shooting drills. I love to see that. He’s not afraid. He doesn’t back down at all. He’s got a toughness about him. When you have those type of attributes as a young player, before you know anything, you’re off to a good start. I couldn’t be happier about his development. He’s put on some weight. As practices have gotten kicked off, I could see one day how he could go down as one of the better players to play here.”