Dayton Flyers hope historic season translates to success on recruiting trail

Belmont’s Shawn Phillips, second from left, sits behind the Dayton bench during a game against Davidson on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Belmont’s Shawn Phillips, second from left, sits behind the Dayton bench during a game against Davidson on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Belmont star latest recruit to see Flyers in person

Dayton Flyers coaches will hope to capitalize on a historic season on the recruiting trail this year.

UD has one scholarship open for the 2020-21 season, and it will have another scholarship to work with if Obi Toppin leaves for the NBA, which is a good bet at this point.

Recruiting for the 2021 class will be even more important because Dayton has five players on the roster who will exhaust their eligibility next year: Jalen Crutcher, Rodney Chatman, Ibi Watson, Jordy Tshimanga and Jhery Matos.

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A number of recruits have sat behind the Dayton bench at UD arena this season, and a few other names have emerged in social media as UD recruiting targets. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the names:

Rafael Castro: Dayton assistant coach Ricardo Greer visited this 2021 recruit on Monday, according to a report by recruiting analyst Andrew Slater. Castro is a 6-foot-9 junior forward at Dover High School (N.J.). He has recently announced scholarship offers from Boston University, Marist and Stony Brook.

Shawn Phillips: The 6-10 Belmont High School center, a four-star recruit in the 2022 class, sat behind the bench Friday and watched Dayton beat Davidson 82-67. Apex Adidas Gold Gauntlet coach David Ramey shared a photo on Twitter of Phillips with Dayton assistant coach Anthony Solomon at the Don Donoher Center at UD Arena.

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It was an unofficial visit for Phillips, who ranks 42nd in the 2022 class, according to Rivals.com.

“That atmosphere was electrifying!” Ramey wrote.

Jalin Billingsley: A 6-7 forward in the 2021 class, Billingsley sat behind the Dayton bench during Dayton's game against Duquesne on Feb. 22. He shared a photo of himself with Dayton star Obi Toppin on Twitter the next day. Billingsley is a junior at Lutheran East High School in Cleveland Heights.

Dayton offered Billingsley a scholarship in September. Penn State and West Virginia are among the other schools to offer him a scholarship.

Tony Sanders: The 6-7 forward in the class of 2020 visited UD in February. He's a senior at Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla. Dayton offered him a scholarship last May.

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Blake Wesley: The 6-5 guard from Riley High School in South Bend, Ind., ranks 89th in the 2021 class, according to Rivals.com. Dayton sent a coach to watch Wesley in February, according to a report by Jake Weingarten, of Stockrisers.com.

Jusaun Holt: The 6-foot-5 forward in the class of 2021 announced in January he received a scholarship offer from Dayton. Holt is a junior at the St. Francis Day School in Roswell, Ga. He's a four-star recruit who ranks 91st in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports.com.

David N'Guessan: Dayton scouted this 2020 recruit in January, according to a report by Corey Evans, of Rivals.com. He attends Mount Zion Prep, where Toppin played a post-graduate season. The 6-9 forward is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com.

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