Junior forwards Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson have been dismissed from the Dayton men’s basketball team, coach Archie Miller announced Wednesday.
Miller would not comment on the specific reasons for the dismissals. According to a source, the dismissals are related to a series of thefts from residence halls on campus. The University of Dayton Department of Public Safety is conducting an investigation into the thefts, which occurred over the weekend. That investigation is ongoing, but a police log showed at least 25 theft reports came in over the weekend from students in two dorms.
Scott and Robinson, both graduates of Northland High School in Columbus, played major roles in the Flyers’ run to the Elite Eight last season. Scott and Robinson could not be reached for comment. Their coach at Northland, Sean Taylor, said he didn’t know enough about the situation and declined to comment.
Scott was named one of three captains in a preseason vote by his teammates. He has started all nine games and averaged 9.1 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. Robinson averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game.
“We made a decision as a basketball program to dismiss Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson from our team,” Miller said. “This is a decision really based on behavior and acceptable behavior. Both guys didn’t live up to expectations, not only in what we feel about our players but in general in how you’re supposed to do things.
“There are no winners. It’s a sad day. This is a basketball decision. This is a program decision. From this point forward, we’ll move on.”
Miller ruled out a possible return for Scott and Robinson in the future. They have not been dismissed from school, but Miller said he expects them to move on at some point.
“They’re dismissed permanently,” Miller said. “They’ll no longer be a part of this program. Both guys will continue to finish what they’re supposed to do in school. That’s a university decision. From our standpoint, we’re moving forward.”