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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

August 7th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Dayton Flyers

Overall Rank: #97

Conference Rank: #7 Atlantic 10


2005-06: 14-17, 6-10, 11th (t)

2005-06 postseason: none


Big things were expected after Coach Brian Gregory brought an impressive recruiting class to Dayton in 2004.  With what remains of that class now being upperclassmen, it is time they start winning more consistently.


Whos Out: The big loss is point guard Warren Williams, who averaged 5.5 points and 4.4 assists as a senior.  That leaves the Flyers without a proven point guard on the squad.  The backcourt also loses little used Marques Bennett and Jeff Penno.  Big men Chris Alvarez and James Cripe have opted to transfer.  Alvarez was the more productive of the two, earning 13 starts and averaging 3.6 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore last season. 


Whos In: Andres Sandoval is a lightning quick combo guard who will have a lot of pressure on him from the get go.  After stints at Richmond and Santa Fe Community College, Sandoval will be asked to run the point for Dayton.  The 6-4 Milford, Massachusetts native is relatively new to running the show, but has the talent to thrive at that position.  Incoming freshman London Warren will be his backup.  Warren can equal Sandoval in his quickness and will bring some intensity off of the bench.  Shooting guard Marcus Johnson has tremendous athletic ability and can create for himself quite well.   Power forward Kurt Huelsman can fill in some minutes at the four and five spots when necessary.


Who to Watch: Brian Roberts led the squad with 16.0 points per game last year and tacked on 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds.  Hes a long range threat, draining 41% of his shots from beyond the arc.  However, Roberts wont have to carry the team, especially since Monty Scott will be on the other wing.  Scott averaged 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds last season and can do a little bit of everything.


Final Projection: The frontcourt might not be the most talented group in the A-10, but there are plenty of options with this versatile unit.  Norman Plummer averaged 10.0 points and a team high 6.5 rebounds last year.  While he isnt a true center, the 6-7, 238 pound junior should see most of his minutes at the five.  Charles Little impressed as a freshman and it will be hard to keep him out of the starting lineup.  Jimmie Binnie and Desmond Adedeji have starting experience as well and will provide some minutes off of the bench.  The A-10 will be tough this year, but an NIT bid isnt out of the question.  However, a 7th place finish in the conference wont quite be enough to warrant a postseason berth.


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Andres Sandoval, Junior, Guard, DNP last season

Brian Roberts, Junior, Guard, 16.0 points per game

Monty Scott, Senior, Forward, 11.2 points per game

Charles Little, Sophomore, Forward, 4.6 points per game

Norman Plummer, Junior, Forward, 10.0 points per game

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