From FOB Ray Floriani comes this A10 Media Day recap, with particular focus on the home team.
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Brooklyn, NY – It has been almost a week since the Atlantic Ten media day held at the Barclay’s Center. After driving over and listening to a fabulous Howard Stern interview of Sir Paul McCartney, I was ready for this season opening event.
Walking in to Barclay’s I ran into Chris Mooney. We exchanged hellos and pleasantries but being a good friend of the Richmond mentor, made no reference to his visit here on Atlantic Avenue last march.
The focus here is the Flyers and there are a few notes to share. Sat at the Dayton interview table next to coach Archie Miller. Coaches would be interviewed at their table by the print media before going off to a studio for television interviews.
[quote_box_right]Coach Miller is not upset or disappointed with his team’s seventh place prediction saying “where we are picked is fine.[/quote_box_right]
Coach Miller is not upset or disappointed with his team’s seventh place prediction saying “where we are picked is fine.” Basically he is saying predictions are one thing, what transpires on the floor is the bottom line.
The biggest difference he sees with the Flyers this year is depth. Admitting the loss of Kevin Dillard, “hurts us offensively,” Miller feels the returning players plus talented new comers give him options he did not have in the past. He noted team speed as an asset while adding, “we have to get to the line, rebound offensively and not turn it over.” (why did this quote make me think of the BR?) That, pretty much sums up every team’s ‘laundry list’, naming three of the Four Factors only neglecting to address shooting. At any rate, he did point out there are different options with this added depth. Dayton could go three guard or go big depending on the situation. Miller did single out Devin Oliver as an individual who has impressed in early workouts and could be a factor inside.
Discussing the Atlantic Ten’s post season success, Miller feels it is important to schedule tough games out of conference and calls this, “our most demanding non-conference slate.” He spoke about the difficulty of getting teams to visit the ‘Gem City’ (actually he did not use that specific reference). Miller did say going to a USC and playing in an exempt event was important to keep the non-league challenges available.
Miller did sum it up saying, “this non-conference schedule will let us find out a lot about ourselves.”