The University of Dayton will once again be short a player for at least part of the season due to the suspension of Dyshawn Pierre. Coach Archie Miller was expected to have a full roster this year, but once again it’s always something. Pierre, a forward, has been suspended for the fall semester for an undisclosed reason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Pierre is also no longer enrolled in school which means that he will not be able to practice or workout with the team and will miss the first 10 games. He is eligible, as of now, to rejoin the team against Miami, Ohio on December 22nd. Pierre will need to make sure that he stays in playing shape if he wants a chance to come back into the rotation when he is eligible.
One thing that this team has been very good at is dealing with adversity. Due to this incident and losing Pierre, the team will have to pull together to work through this loss. Pierre was expected to contend for the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was a second team A10 selection last year. This shows how important Pierre is to the team. If everything goes as planned, Pierre will be back for conference play.
This incident is not the first time UD has had players get into trouble. Within the last three years, Pierre is the fifth player who has gotten into trouble. The past issues have been academic, sexual assault, burglary or have been a suspension for unidentified reasons. Three years ago for an entire season, Matt Kavanaugh was suspended. Last year Steve McElvene was declared only partially eligible along with Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson who were kicked off the team and expelled from school all together. In looking at these past incidences, it starts to make it seem like this is becoming a reoccurring event. One would like to hope that the Flyers would eventually have an issue free season.
With Pierre’s suspension, the door is officially open for transfer Charles Cooke, a G/F, to step in. Cooke, who sat out last season due to the NCAA transfer rules, will look to replace Pierre and his 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. I think he will see a lot of playing time at the three because of Pierre’s suspension. Two years ago in his sophomore season at James Madison, Cooke was second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 5 rebounds a game. In my opinion, Cooke will bring more of an outside presence to the team. Last year Pierre played on the perimeter, however, he was at his best when he played inside. I think Pierre is irreplaceable because he is a well-rounded player. In order to fill Pierre’s shoes, Cooke will have to step up and play his best basketball.
Alex Handorf ‘17