Dayton's bench reacts after a 3-pointer by Charles Cooke late in the second half against Davidson in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals on March 10, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Cooke 20th Dayton Flyer to play in NBA

Former UD guard makes NBA debut with Pelicans

Cooke, Dayton’s leading scorer the last two seasons, made 1 of 4 shots from the field and had two points and a steal in the final minutes.

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Cooke signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans in the summer and has been on the roster for the first six games.

Cooke, a guard from Trenton, N.J., is the first player recruited by former Dayton coach Archie Miller and his staff to play in the NBA. The most recent former Flyers to play in the NBA were Chris Johnson (2012-16); Brian Roberts (2012-17); and Chris Wright (2011-14).

Here’s a list of Dayton’s other NBA alums: Bucky Bockhorn (1958-65); Roger Brown (1967-75); Johnny Davis (1976-86); Henry Finkel (1966-75); Chuck Grigsby (1954-55); Chris Harris (1955-56); Bobby Joe Hooper (1968-69); John Horan (1955-56); Negele Knight (1990-99); Don May (1968-75); Don Meineke (1952-57); Jim Palmer (1958-61); Jim Paxson Jr. (1979-90); Jim Paxson Sr. (1956-58); Donald Smith (1974-75); and Sedric Toney (1985-90).

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