The Dayton Flyers may win the Atlantic 10 championship and not get a player on the first team.
UD has four of the best players in the conference — the seniors who will be honored Wednesday before their final game at UD Arena — but no one who ranks in the top nine in scoring, the top 17 in rebounding or the top seven in assists.
If Dayton beats VCU to clinch the outright A-10 title, there’s a good chance UD will get one player on the first team. That’s usually how these things work. But good luck deciding who that player is? Charles Cooke is UD’s leading scorer. Kendall Pollard is playing better than anyone coming down the stretch. Kyle Davis is the glue and has often been called the MVP by Archie Miller.
Of course, anyone who watched Scoochie Smith score 11 of his 17 points in overtime Friday to lead Dayton to an 89-82 victory, would pick the senior point guard. He’s the only senior who hasn’t missed a game this season — or in any of the past four seasons.
Miller talked about Smith on the WHIO coach’s show on Monday with Larry Hansgen.
“He’s well liked by everybody, teammates, coaches, teachers you name it,” Miller said. “He’s a very personable guy. He can communicate about a lot of things with a lot of different people. I love a guy that’s not afraid. He’s been in big, big games. He seems to be there for the delivery every time we need him. He’s had a great career. He’s had a terrific year. I’m biased, but I think he should be the league MVP if we win the conference championship. If we do win the conference championship, there won’t be a guy around the conference who wouldn’t say, ‘The only reason they did that was because he never missed game. He was there every game.’”