“We’re going to need them a lot to win this year,” senior guard Darrell Davis said.
“I knew they were going to be good,” redshirt junior forward Josh Cunningham said. “I didn’t know they were going to be this good. I feel a lot of them can come in and play right away, which we need.”
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Crutcher, a 6-3 point guard from Ridgeway High School in Memphis, signed with Dayton on May 6 and arrived on campus June 4. Davis, a 6-4 guard from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., signed with Dayton in November and was the first recruit to recommit to UD after the hiring of Anthony Grant in April. He arrived at UD in mid-June.
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Darrell Davis, Dayton’s only senior has taken the two guards, Crutcher and Jordan Davis, under his wing.
“They are going to be special,” Davis said. “They love being in the gym. They call me and say, ‘Big bro, want to go to the gym? C’mon, let’s get in the gym. Let’s go now.’ We can be tired. I might go to sleep. I’ll wake up three hours later. They’re like, ‘Let’s get back in the gym and shoot.’ We play one-on-one all the time.’ I love them.”
Xeyrius Williams looks ahead to 2017-18 season
Of all the freshmen, Jordan Davis has impressed junior forward Xeyrius Williams the most.
“The way he can shoot the ball, I think he’s going to be a big deal for us,” Williams said. “He shoots the ball like a two, but he’s in a point guard’s body.
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Pierce arrived at Dayton on May 27. He’s a graduate of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J..
“He’s still got a long way to go,” Williams said, “but by the time the season comes, he’ll be ready.”
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Svoboda, a 6-7 forward from the Czech Republic, and Toppin, a 6-9 forward from Ossining, N.Y., and Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., enrolled at UD at the start of the second summer session in June. Both bring size to the roster.
Of Svoboda, Williams said, “He can shoot the ball. He has a very mature game. He’s still getting adjusted to the language difference and our lingo on the team.”
Josh Cunningham on 2017-18 season
Darrell Davis on 2017-18 season