Dayton seniors (left to right) Kendall Pollard, Kyle Davis, Charles Cooke, Scoochie Smith and sophomore Xeyrius Williams, far right, react after the third 3-pointer by Smith in overtime against Davidson on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Dayton’s Charles Cooke signs as free agent 

Cooke, Scoochie Smith were not drafted Thursday

Cooke signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the draft, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Scoochie Smith told Cox Media Group on Friday morning that he had signed with the Boston Celtics.

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In the previous three seasons, Dayton’s Devin Oliver, Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre have all gone undrafted and gotten a chance in the summer leagues.

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In the weeks leading up to the draft, Cooke worked out for the Trail Blazers, Jazz, Pelicans, Timberwolves and others. Smith had workouts with the Knicks, Raptors, Mavericks and Rockets.

Negele Knight remains the last Dayton player to be drafted. The Phoenix Suns selected him in the second round in 1990. Knight played in the NBA until 1999 and scored 1,699 points.

Jim Paxson is Dayton’s last first-round pick. Portland drafted him in 1979. He scored more points in the NBA (11,199) than any Dayton player.

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The only current Dayton basketball alum in the NBA is Brian Roberts, who appeared in 41 games with the Charlotte Hornets last season. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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Chris Wright played in 32 games in the NBA from 2012-14. Chris Johnson appeared in 147 games from 2013-16.

Nineteen Dayton basketball players have played in the NBA, starting with Bucky Bockhorn in 1958 with the Cincinnati Royals.

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