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Nine Is Enough
Nine Is Enough
Published by Swampy Meadows
Nine Is Enough

WEST BLOOMFIELD (MI) -- When the University of Dayton Flyers step on the court for their one and only exhibition game on November 2nd vs. Capital, they will dress only nine scholarship players:

Josh Cunningham, Obi Toppin, Frankie Policelli, Trey Landers, Jordan Davis, Jalen Crutcher, Jhery Matos, Ryan Mikesell and Dwayne Cohill.

There has been some wailing and lamentation on the UD Pride MB about the evils of entering the season with less than a full thirteen-man roster. If history has taught us anything, it is, as George Gershwin so eloquently put it, “Ain’t necessarily so.” One need only look back at the 2014-2015 edition of the Red & Blue that featured a total of six scholarship players plus super walk-on Bobby Wehrli. That squad still ended up making the Big Dance and winning two games before eventually falling to Oklahoma.

Needless to say, the Flyers must avoid the injury bug, particularly to Crutcher and Cunningham. Do that and they will be fine with only nine guys in uniform.

Almost as important as the nine guys who will suit up for AG are three additional hoopsters who will not:

Rodney Chatman, Jordy Tshimanga and Ibi Watson.

Every day in practice Chatman will push UD’s only current PG Jalen Crutcher; Jordy will present the unique challenge of facing a 6’11” shot blocker and Ibi the difficulty in covering a jump-out-of-the gym SF. And the beauty part is that all three will be eligible next year.

Is it November yet?

Elsewhere in hoopdom:

-- A couple of the new guys get “The Arch Treatment” from Tom Archdeacon at The DDN:

Jordy Tshimanga


Dwayne Cohill


-- HoopsHD interviews Dayton head coach Anthony Grant:


-- Can Kostas Antetokounmpo’s versatility eventually translate into NBA success?


-- It wouldn’t be a new college hoops season without some NCAA rules changes regarding recruiting now would it?


-- So, let’s say that for whatever reason, LeBron James becomes disenchanted with the Lakers and signs with the Chicago Bulls.

What number does he wear?

-- Boy, I am old. Bob Cousy, my mother’s all-time favorite Boston Celtics player, is 90 years old:


One of my endearing childhood memories is sitting in the smoky, stinky, old Boston Garden with my family watching the Cs play and my Mom yelling “Let’s go Robert!” (she always called Cooz ‘Robert’).

-- A snippet from a documentary on the making of one of the coolest MTV videos from the 1980s: “Don’t Answer Me” by The Alan Parsons Project:


-- The Washington Post takes a stab at the always subjective topic of ranking America’s top 10 chain restaurants:


-- The complicated musical legacy of Warren Zevon:


That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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