Dayton coach Grant talks about having 2 point guards instead of none

Is Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant happy to have two point guards on his 2017-18 roster only a week after potentially having none?

Of course.

“It’s hard to play without having guys who can handle and pass and make decisions with the ball,” Grant said Thursday after plans for UD Arena upgrades were unveiled.

He spoke two days after the school announced junior-to-be John Crosby will return and five days after high school senior Jalen Crutcher signed a national letter of intent.

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Crosby asked for and was granted his release after the Flyers coaching change in March but ultimately decided the Gem City is still the place for him.

“There’s really nothing complicated,” Grant said. “I think John’s first two years here probably didn’t go the way he had planned them to go, so any time you have a coaching change there is always uncertainty in terms of what’s the style of play, what type of relationship, reasons I came, what’s going to happen? John made a decision to look at his options and I think after he had a chance to think it over and maybe see what we were doing he decided this was probably the best place for him.”

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Crosby averaged 2.8 points and 1.2 assists last season while playing all 32 games. He had a 39 assists and 34 turnovers as the team’s backup point guard.

“I think he really had a great relationship with his teammates,” Grant said. “His teammates all speak very highly of him. He understands what this place is all about, the value of not only playing for UD but getting a degree from UD. I always talk about it’s not about the four-year experience, it’s the 40-year experience. I’m living proof of that. It’s a great situation for John to be in to have the opportunity to do some things he’s always wanted to do. We’re excited to have him back as well as the other guys.”

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A three-star prospect from from Memphis, Tenn., Crutcher is rated the No. 314 overall prospect in the country and replaced McKinley Wright (No. 222 overall) of Champlin, Minn., after the latter opted for Colorado instead.

“Any time there’s a coaching change, it’s natural from the beginning for there to be some turnover, so we knew that coming in,” Grant said. “Certainly we feel better having John return and the addition of Jalen to our team in terms of going forward to next year.

“We’re excited to have those guys join us as well as those other newcomers that are coming in. To be honest with you, everyone is new to me in terms of building those relationships with the guys who are on the roster and returning. My staff and I are trying to do a good job establishing those relationships and also with the newcomers. Just excited to put everything in place and get moving toward next year.”

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