Former Dayton forward finds new home in Florida

Zimi Nwokeji will play his final season of college basketball at Jacksonville

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Former Dayton Flyers forward Zimi Nwokeji announced his commitment to Jacksonville University in his home state of Florida on Saturday.

Nwokeji entered the transfer portal on March 18, three days before Dayton played Nevada in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Quincy, Fla., Nwokeji was the longest-tenured current Flyer. He joined the program in January 2020. He redshirted that season. The 2020-21 season did not count against his eligibility because of the pandemic. Next season will be his sixth in college basketball and his final season of eligibility.

Nwokeji will be the second former Flyer to play for Jacksonville in recent years. Guard Jordan Davis left Dayton in 2019 after two seasons and then played one season at Middle Tennessee State before finishing his career with two seasons at Jacksonville from 2021-23.

Jacksonville plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference and finished 16-17 last season.

Nwokeji is one of three Flyers to enter the portal in the last month. Kobe Elvis and Petras Padegimas are also looking for new homes for their college careers.

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