Dayton guard Khari Price to transfer from program

Dayton guard Khari Price (0) recovers a loose ball against Stanford guard Chasson Randle (5) during the first half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Dayton lost a returning starter Sunday when head coach Archie Miller announced guard Khari Price has decided to transfer out of the program.

Price averaged 6.2 points in 22.4 minutes per game as a sophomore last season. He started all 37 games for the Flyers, who won 26 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years. A native of Slidell, La., he scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers in Dayton’s upset of top-seeded Syracuse in the round of 32.

Price’s exit comes two days after Miller announced the addition of Charles Cooke, a 6-6 guard who will transfer from James Madison. Cooke started 40 games in two seasons for the Dukes and was named third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association as a sophomore last season when he averaged 14.3 points, 5.05 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He must sit out the coming season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules then will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 season.

"We are very excited to bring Charles into our program," Miller said via a release on the team’s website. "He is a solid young man, a talented player, and is highly motivated to succeed. We have a great plan for him for him on-and-off the floor to allow him to maximize his redshirt year, and when he becomes eligible, he will fill a role that is very much suited to him."

Among returnees next season are double-figure scorers Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre.

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