Chicago recruit enjoys UD visit

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Chicago recruit enjoys UD visit

Kyle Davis, a senior guard from Chicago, made an official visit to the University of Dayton over the weekend and saw a lot of activity around the dorms since it was moving day for students.

A year from now, UD basketball coaches hope Davis is back on campus unpacking a few boxes himself.

The Morgan Park High School star averaged 25 points and seven assists last season and also has scholarship offers from Marquette, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Xavier and Nebraska, according to Rivals.com.

UD coach Archie Miller has made Davis his No. 1 backcourt target in the 2013 class, attending all of the 6-foot-1 left-hander’s games on the AAU circuit during the July evaluation period.

“It feels great to be a school’s top priority, to know somebody cares about you a lot,” he said after returning home Sunday.

Asked what Miller said during the visit, Davis said: “He just told me how much he wanted me to come and how he’d help me better myself as a player and young adult.”

Davis is rated as a four-star recruit (out of five) and cracked the Rivals.com list of top 150 seniors at No. 105. He has a dazzling highlight clip on YouTube, showing off an array of dunks and dishes

“I’m a hardnosed player that loves to get my team involved,” he said.

Davis said he currently doesn’t have a leader but hasn’t planned any other visits yet. He hopes to make a decision before the early signing period in November.

Captains picked: Kevin Dillard has been a team leader for the Flyers since transferring from Southern Illinois, and now the senior point guard has the title to make it official.

Miller announced Sunday that Dillard and fellow seniors Matt Kavanaugh, Josh Benson and Brian Vonderhaar will be captains this season.

“It’s on us to make sure we have a good season, the season we all want,” Dillard said. “We’re going to work hard — we’ve been working hard — to make sure we have a good year.

“I’ve never been to the (NCAA) tournament. I’ve been to the NIT, but that’s not what this program is trying to accomplish. We’ve got to get better every day to put us in a good position for that.”

Asked how the newcomers are looking, Dillard said: “They’ve got a good work ethic, and that’s a firm foundation to start with. If we keep that attitude, we’ll keep moving in the right direction.”

Familiar name: Kevin Donoher, the grandson of UD coaching legend Don Donoher, has joined the Flyers’ staff as a graduate assistant. He was a student manager the last three years at Ohio University and wants to have a career in coaching. He’ll decide what level suits him best after his two years with the Flyers.

“I wrote a lot of letters because I was trying to be a GA, and that’s the first step,” Donoher said. “Coach Miller was one of the first to write me back. That really impressed me. … I’m just thankful. I don’t think I could be in a better situation.”

Donoher, 23, who was a two-year starter in basketball at Middletown Fenwick, called his grandfather his mentor — along with his father, Paul, who was a basketball manager at UD for two years in the 1970s before transferring to the Naval Academy.

“It’s a very competitive industry, and there’s not a lot of jobs or a lot of money in it at first,” Donoher said. “But that’s what I want to do. That’s my love. That’s my passion.”

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