Dayton head coach Archie Miller’s rotation got substantially smaller Wednesday afternoon, as it was first reported by David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News that big men Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson have been dismissed from the program. With 6-foot-11 freshman Steve McElvene having to sit out the season as a partial qualifier, the Flyers will move forward without the two tallest players on their active roster.
According to a report by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, the two players were dismissed as a result of their involvement in a “trespassing incident in the dorms in which they allegedly stole money.”
“I’m extremely disappointed in Jalen and Devon. Their actions do not reflect the behavior we want in our program.” Miller said in a release announcing the decision. “Our student-athletes are given every opportunity to be successful on and off the court. Despite ample opportunity to do so, their actions demonstrate they chose not to take advantage of that.
“More important than wins and losses, it’s about members of our program being committed to represent the University of Dayton in the manner we all expect.”
Scott started all nine games for Dayton, averaging 9.1 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per contest. While the 6-foot-9 senior was relatively quiet in games against Eastern Michigan (three points, four rebounds) on December 6 and Arkansas (six points, eight rebounds) December 13, Scott posted three double-doubles in his last five games.
As for Robinson, he averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in just over 15 minutes of action per game with all nine of his appearances coming off the bench. His most productive outing of the season came in Dayton’s win over Eastern Michigan, as he scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
The dismissal of Scott and Robinson leaves Dayton without an eligible player taller than 6-foot-6, meaning that players such as Dyshawn Pierre (6.0 rpg) and Kendall Pollard (4.6 rpg) become even more important to the Flyers from a rebounding standpoint. However Dayton doesn’t lack for guards, and that may very well mean that the Flyers look to ramp things up from a pressure standpoint in order to account for their lack of size inside.
Dayton returns to action Saturday, as they begin a four-game home stand with a matchup with Boston University.