Sharavjamts: ‘It has been a great honor to play for Dayton’

Mike Sharavjamts announced his decision to enter his name in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, one day after news broke he would leave the Dayton Flyers after one season to take his game to the next level.

In an Instagram post, Sharavjamts wrote:

“It has been a great honor to play for Dayton Basketball. Thank you to Coach (Anthony) Grant and the entire coaching and training staff for your guidance. mentoring, and support. You have embraced me like I am one of your own.

“To my teammates, I love you guys and I will never forget all the memories we made together. Thank you to the fans, teachers, staff, and everyone who has shown love to me.

“To the entire nation of Mongolia, I appreciate all the love and support. Hopefully, I have made you proud and I will always represent Mongolia at the highest level.

“Most importantly. I would not be where I am today without the unwavering love and support of my parents and brother. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me!

“After discussing this decision at length with my family. I am excited to announce that I entered my name into the 2023 NBA Draft. I will continue to weigh all options, but my goal is to play in the NBA in the near future. I can’t wait for my next chapter!”

The first Mongolian citizen to play Division I men’s basketball, Sharavjamts, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward was the only freshman on Dayton’s roster last season. He made the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie team, averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He started 20 games.

Mike’s dad, Sharavjamts Tserenjankhar, shed some light on his son’s decision by sharing a Facebook post written by Yalalt Baatarkhuu, a basketball commentator in Mongolia. Baatarkhuu wrote about Dayton’s slow pace of play hampering Sharavjamts and the fact that he might still be stuck behind three returning Dayton guards — Malachi Smith, Koby Brea and Kobe Elvis — in the rotation next season.

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