A10 Media Day

A10 Media Day

The Blackburn Review was once again denied access and led away by security at this year’s Atlantic Ten Media Day. As a result, we turn to Ray Floriani, a contributor to Daly Dose of Hoops and Hoopville, for an assist. Ray had the opportunity to sit down with the head coach of the Flyers and figure out what makes that beautiful mind tick.


Brooklyn, NY – That time again. Everyone is undefeated, optimism overflows and coffee is on the Barclays Center. The Atlantic Ten media day was once again held at the site of the conference post season tournament.

For those of you not venturing far from the Gem City, this is traffic! From my home in Northern New Jersey to the Barclays it is about 13 miles. The trip in my trusty VW took about 66 minutes with $15 in tolls and about eight ‘work area’ diversions. At least there was Howard Stern (with guest Jimmy Kimmel) for entertainment. All that aside, the media day tips off the campaign. Everyone is in a more relaxed, congenial mood, undefeated and, a lunch is served!

The focus here being the favored Dayton Flyers, yours truly took a seat at the UD table to the right of coach Archie Miller. Outside of my shot chart question, I let the rest of the table ask questions and simply recorded the most significant points of the Q & A.

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Thoughts on the main contender:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“Rhode Island is primed to challenge and a terrific club. The talent level is high and they are aggressive on both ends of the floor. They are very deep and have two kids (E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin) who can play anywhere in the country.”[/su_testimonial]

On losing Jordan Sibert:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“Jordan was a rock. He made 160 three pointers the last two years and he developed the ability to stretch the floor for us, hitting the three and getting to the rim. Others will have to step up and develop. Darrell Davis led all freshman in three point field goal percentage last season and Charles Cooke is a player who was great to add to our roster.”[/su_testimonial]

On the newcomers:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“The freshmen are, well, freshmen. That means they have to work and develop everyday in practice. They also need that time to learn our system. During our tenure here at Dayton freshmen have contributed. I can say all of our freshmen will get the opportunity to establish a role and contribute.”[/su_testimonial]

On ( Kyle) Davis, Scoochie (Smith) and Kendall (Pollard):

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“They all carry the torch for us. Scoochie is virtually irreplaceable. He represents a true point guard for us. Kendall is a player who can impact us without scoring. Overall, these three are a major reason we have been able to win games in March the last few seasons.[/su_testimonial]

On being chosen the conference favorite:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“Whether we are picked first, second, seventh or eighth it doesn’t matter. We appreciate the recognition of being the favorite but in the end it has no bearing where you wind up. You must do the right things every day.”[/su_testimonial]

On the new 30 second shot clock:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“I think it is good. Don’t know how much difference there will be with a change from 35 to 30 seconds. You will get a few more possessions per game but in my estimation I would have liked the colleges to use a 24 second shot clock. Having seen it used internationally this summer I feel the game gets a better flow. It creates an uptempo environment which is good because we like to play fast.”[/su_testimonial]

General notes:

[su_testimonial photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/stayhydrated.png”]“We have five NCAA (tournament) wins the last two years. That is great but each year we go in with the idea of competing and getting ready to win in this conference. Our older guys have done a great job each day helping the younger players along. That is so important in building team chemistry.”[/su_testimonial]

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