Cooke 20th Dayton Flyer to play in NBA

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.

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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.

Former UD guard makes NBA debut with Pelicans

Charles Cooke became the 20th Dayton Flyers alum to see action in the NBA, playing three minutes Saturday for the New Orleans Pelicans in a 123-101 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

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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