Dayton did not offer scholarship to North Carolina transfer, source says

Yale's Eric Monroe, left,  tries to stop North Carolina's Jeremiah Francis at Dean Smith Center on December 30, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Yale's Eric Monroe, left, tries to stop North Carolina's Jeremiah Francis at Dean Smith Center on December 30, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jeremiah Francis expected to announce college decision Friday

North Carolina transfer Jeremiah Francis announced Wednesday he will make his college decision at 6 p.m. Friday.

Jake Weingarten, of Stockrisers.com, reported Wednesday Francis will choose between the Dayton Flyers and New Mexico, but according to a source, Dayton talked to Francis but never offered him a scholarship and doesn't plan to.

That means Francis, a 6-0 guard from Pickerington Central, is likely headed to New Mexico, while the recruiting continues for Dayton.

Francis, a 6-0 guard from Pickerington Central, Ibi Watson’s high school, averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 16 games last season as a freshman. He missed his final two seasons of high school basketball because of knee injuries but told reporters last season he was 100 percent and also told Weingarten the same.

Dayton has three scholarships open for the 2020-21 season. That's assuming Chase Johnson doesn't return to the program — he medically withdrew from school in January — and also that Jalen Crutcher and Watson, who have both entered their name in the draft, do return for their final seasons.

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Dayton coach Anthony Grant was asked Wednesday if there’s a chance Johnson returns to the program.

“I think there’s always the possibility,” Grant said, “but I’d say right now it’s premature to speculate in terms of saying I know what’s going to happen going forward.”