Lance McAlister, of 700 WLW in Cincinnati, reached out to me Wednesday to see if I knew anything more about the Dyshawn Pierre situation than has been reported because he was having Archie Miller on his show Wednesday night. I told him everything is still up in the air, and Archie has been mum on the topic.
Every time I talk to Archie, I ask if there’s anything new on Pierre, and he says no. Prior to Wednesday, the only hints that Pierre might return came from his teammates, Scoochie Smith and Kyle Davis, who told me they think he will come back. Pierre himself dropped a clue that his thoughts are still with his team when he posted to Twitter a screen grab of the video feed on DaytonFlyers.com showing the court at UD Arena. He wrote, “Here we go boys.”
On McAlister’s show Wednesday, Archie provided another hint when he was asked him about Pierre’s status. This is the most illuminating quote on the Pierre situation Archie has given.
“His status is the same,” Miller said. “We haven’t really discussed options in terms of if he’ll return or when he’ll return. Currently, he’s serving his suspension. If Dyshawn chooses to return, which we think will happen, we’ll evaluate his status when he gets back. It’s not fair to make any judgements on his availability or what he’ll be able to do when he returns, etc., until he does return. We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure we handle Dyshawn sort of with kid gloves in terms of the basketball opportunity. We’ll never force (a decision) upon any young guy just to help the team when they have a career at stake and they have a lot of ball left in them. We’ll do what’s best for Dyshawn, and he knows that. Our team, as it is right now, has really handled everything with great maturity. I like how we’ve been able to continue to progress and build and make the least amount of excuses as you can make.”
Meanwhile, Pierre’s court case continues. It’s due to return to district court next week.