Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The University of Dayton basketball team had their annual Red vs. Blue game on Saturday. This is a scrimmage between the starters and backups. The starters play the backups in the first half and then some of the jerseys are switched around. In the second half the new teams play one another. The game was two twelve minute halves and McElvene, also known as “Big Steve,” dominated in both halves. Big Steve is a redshirt freshman who, on the court, looked like a man amongst boys due to the skill and determination he brought to the court. McElvene, listed at 6’11” and 268 pounds, is at least 2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than anyone on the team and boy did it show! McElvene was up against true freshman, Sam Miller most of the game. Miller, at 6’9” and 240 pounds, looked completely unmatched when he would go up against McElvene. McElvene had a game high 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds. This was also a game high.
Sam Miller, outside of being manhandled by McElvene inside, had a pretty good game. He put up 8 points on 2 of 6 shooting and was 1 for 3 from the 3 point line. He was also perfect from the line, going 3 for 3. Free throw shooting is something that UD seems to always struggle with so this is a big accomplishment. He was also second in rebounding for the game with 7 boards. Xeyrius Williams had a rough day from the floor, shooting 0 for 5 from the field and 0 for 1 from the three. He was able to gather 6 rebounds while playing 18 minutes though. John Crosby, point guard from Maryland, had a rough day also shooting 1 of 5 from the field, 0 of 2 from three, and 0 of 1 from the line while scoring 2 points and totaling 4 assists and 4 turnovers. Crosby seemed fairly out of control for a lot of the game but I think that he will grow and become a good backup point guard due to his growing potential. Ryan Mikesell, a swingman 3 or 4 from St. Henry ,Ohio, didn’t take a shot inside of the three point line. He was 1 for 5 from there totaling 3 points. Overall, I think that the freshman class had a fairly good showing for their first “game” of the season.
Charles Cooke, the impact transfer from James Madison, looked good on the court but it didn’t really show on the stat sheet. He only took 4 shots, making 2 of them for a total of 5 points. He was also 1 of 2 from the three and missed his only free throw attempt.
I feel like I have to mention something about Bobby Wehrli, so I’ll start with him. This kid continues to stroke the ball from three. He was 3 for 4 on the day from three with 9 points. He also added 5 more rebounds. As a true walk on (even though he has been on scholarship for the last few semesters because of players being kicked off the team and other issues) he continues to play like a scholarship player. Wehrli has a ridiculous drive and works as hard as anyone on the team, if not harder. I love watching him play and he is a fan favorite for sure. He was given the loudest ovation out of anyone who was introduced before the game. Darrell Davis seemed to shoot the ball a whole lot. He finished the game with 7 points on 3 of 12 from the field and 0 for 4 from the three. Darrell has the potential to be one of UD’s best players. He’s the best shooter on the court at any given moment. Kyle Davis has improved his shot. He scored 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 1 for 2 from the three. Davis will continue to be the defensive star of the team. Kendall Pollard played so well he was the star player on the court. He continued to fill the stat sheet as he finished the game with 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in 23 minutes. Scoochie Smith continues to run the team. I believe that he is one of the best point guards in the country. He had 8 points on 3 of 8 shooting, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Scooch is an extremely fun player to watch and he’s only a junior! The next two years with him will be intriguing as far as seeing what he brings to the court!
I thought the team played very well together. Dyshawn was obviously missed on the court but that is something that they’ll just have to move on from and play with what they have. They still have a lot to work towards and I am still going to be very interested in seeing how the rotation will come along as the season starts. I believe this team will be a very fun team to watch all season and I’m very excited for the season to start!
Dayton has been voted to win the A10 this year during A10 media days a week or so ago. I’m not sure I remember the last time that they were projected to win the Atlantic 10 so it’ll be interesting to see how the team responds to such high expectations. Kendall Pollard was selected as a pre-season third team All Atlantic 10 selection. Dick Vitale just recently picked Dayton to win the Atlantic 10 also. That is a big deal for UD and its Flyer fans!
Dyshawn was denied reinstatement by a federal judge late last week. The earliest he can return would be mid-December. There has been some talk about whether he will come back mid-season this year or if he will take a redshirt and join an already loaded team that the Flyers will have next year. Personally I respond to these acquisitions with the hope that Pierre will come back next season. This would leave the Flyers with only one graduating player, Bobby Wehrli, and a bunch of players that have another year of experience, plus the 2 guard Trey Landers out of Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio. With the way things are going for this team, they have the potential of being in the Final Four next year if Dyshawn takes a redshirt this year.
Alex Handorf ’17