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UD is Caring, Even Over-Committed


As expected, Baltimore guard John Crosby has pledged his commitment to the VD Flyers after his weekend visit to the Gem City.

From CBSSports:

Back in August, there was talk that Baltimore native John Crosby could end up at Maryland for the 2014-15 season. He took a visit to College Park but ended up doing a post-graduate season at New Hampton Prep (N.H.) as a member of the class of 2015.

That decision has paid off for Dayton, as the Flyers picked up a commitment from Crosby on Monday morning, sources told

Crosby, a quick 6-foot-3 point guard, is a quality acquisition for Dayton. With Oakland transfer Ryan Bass and senior Jordan Sibert moving on after the upcoming season, Archie Miller needed some perimeter reinforcements. Sophomores Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith and Kyle Davis will be back, as will incoming freshman Darrell Davis, but Crosby will provide depth right off the bat.

Dayton is now wrapping things up for the class of 2015. Crosby is the fourth commitment for Dayton, with Sam Miller, Xeyrius Williams and Ryan Mikesell rounding out the group. There is a chance the Flyers make a move for a big in the spring, but for now, that’s it in terms of scholarships.

Expect Dayton to continue building off its surprising Elite Eight run on the recruiting trail.

Now here’s where things get interesting. With Crosby’s commitment, the Flyers are over-signed by a scholarship going into next season. Which means someone’s got to go.

Archie has two options: (1) cut someone from this year’s squad, either now or after the season–aka Cripe ’em, or (2) erase someone from the 2015 recruiting class (I’d assume Ryan Mikesell would be the one to go).

With a squad teeming with off the court issues, Dayton provides us with plenty of room to speculate.

  • Does Archie believe/suspect/know Steve McElvene won’t be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse?
  • Jalen Robinson’s DUI from the summer of 2013 was recently unearthed and he is currently suspended from team activities — is he on the chopping block?
  • Kendall Pollard is an unknown at this point. Rumors are that he may be in Archie’s doghouse. He and Jalen Robinson are the only two players not to have their pictures updated on
  • What about Kyle Davis? He allegedly stole money off a high-school girl this past summer — are there other incidents we don’t know about?

As you can see, with a roster full of miscreants, Archie has a wealth of options going forward. I like this Dayton program, it’s like cheering for Cincinnati back in the nineties. We got guys no one would touch due to their academic troubles, kid’s getting investigated for sexual assault, domestic violence incidents and even petty theft. There’s never a boring moment.


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