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With Charles Little and his 8 points and 4 rebounds being the only replacement needed, there are a few returning Flyers in the conversation, as well as a couple of newcomers. Josh Benson, a very highly ranked recruit coming out of high school, missed all of last season with an injury, but is healthy again now and should emerge as the player everybody had anticipated as long as he can stay healthy. Big man Matt Kavanaugh is the lone incoming freshman. While rare for a young player, Kavanaugh is physically prepared to play against anybody, and should be part of the regular rotation if he can remain poised.
London Warren is the player who makes Dayton go, and while he will not score very much, he does not need to on this team. All he needs to do is find his teammates and play great defense, which is exactly what he has done and will continue to do. Last year Warren dished out more than 4 assists per game while only turning the ball over a tad less than 2 times, and was also named to the conference's All-Defensive Team.
If there is a year that Dayton is going to top Xavier for the conference title, this is it. The conference is good enough for both teams to make the NCAA Tournament, but the Flyers are the most experienced and deepest team, and they want to show the country that they are here to stay. A conference title and run to the Sweet Sixteen should prove it, but it all starts at the UD Arena, so get your tickets now and be there for what promises to be a very exciting season for the Dayton Flyers.
In last season's NCAA Tournament, coach Brian Gregory's Dayton Flyers defeated West Virginia in the first round before falling to a very tough Kansas squad. After having lost only one impact player, forward Charles Little, the 2009-2010 Flyers look to make the Sweet Sixteen or higher this season. No one should be surprised if they deliver on this goal, as Dayton seems to be armed with enough talent to carry them deep into March.
The Dayton backcourt has an amazing amount of weapons, led by senior Marcus Johnson who is their most consistent scorer both inside and out. While Chris Johnson may have lacked similar consistency during his freshman year, the 6-6 wing is a great rebounder and should evolve into an improved scoring threat as his career progresses. Rob Lowery spent much of 2008-2009 coming off the bench and was fourth on the team in scoring, but it is his ability to dish the ball off to his fellow Flyers which makes him so dangerous. Add the versatile Mickey Perry and Paul Williams to the mix and Dayton is definitely not lacking anything on the perimeter.
In addition to all the talent on the perimeter, it is forward Chris Wright who really sparks the Flyers – the 6-8 junior led the squad with 13 points, nearly 7 rebounds, and over 1 block per game. While Wright started at small forward last year, he definitely has the size and skills to take over at the four position to replace Little if necessary. However, coach Gregory believes that, between the newcomers, promising sophomore Luke Fabrizius, and the experienced Devin Searcy, Dayton can effectively fill those minutes at the four spot successfully. There are no concerns at the center position, where 6-10 senior Kurt Huelsman may not provide huge numbers, but has spent the past three seasons doing the grunt work in the paint for Dayton while flying below the radar.