On the heels of their first Elite Eight appearance in 30 years, the Dayton Flyers are looking to build on the momentum gained from that run. One way in which the athletic department is moving forward is to create a common identity for all of its programs, and on Friday the school released the new logo for its teams.
Also released Friday was the new design for Blackburn Court, and three new uniforms for the men’s basketball team.
“Our new logo will certainly be a success factor for our program,” head coach Archie Miller said in the release announcing the changes. “From the start, I’ve been an advocate of a unified identity which can continue to sell a new day and age for our program. Our brand is as strong as it’s ever been and this will continue to keep us in the nation’s basketball mindset.
“The University of Dayton has always had a great image locally and within our campus community. This will only set us up to be even more connected as we move forward. It’s a special time to be a part of this re-branding, and it’s essential to our future.”
As for those who will play on that new court next season, guard Jordan Sibert and forward Dyshawn Pierre are among the returnees from last season’s team. Dayton will have to account for the graduation of Matt Kavanaugh, Devin Oliver and Vee Sanford and Khari Price’s decision to transfer, but most of the players from last season’s run will return in 2014-15. That includes guard Dayshon Smith, who’s in line to take over the starting point guard spot for the departed Price.
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.