Flyers, Raiders officially lace ’em up

The University of Dayton and Wright State men’s

basketball teams have been on campus

through the summer playing pickup games and participating in

individual workouts with coaches.

But today it gets serious.

College basketball teams are permitted to begin practices at 5

p.m. today with a little more than four weeks before the regular

season begins. For each team, it’s an anticipated start.

“Guys have been together all summer long and had a great fall in

team workouts,” UD coach Brian Gregory said. “I know they’re as

excited as I am to get started.

“Every team is different. You’ve got to build the team. And you

build the team by developing those tight bonds. Hopefully, we’ll be

able to have that this year and build the chemistry that helps you

get through the tough times and stay humble through the good

times.”

Gregory begins his eighth season with UD and returns the top two

scorers – Chris Wright (13.7) and Chris Johnson (11.9) from a group

that finished 25-12 and won the NIT championship.

Wright State’s Billy Donlon is a first-time head coach and

succeeds former boss Brad Brownell, who took the Clem-son job last

spring after leading WSU to a 20-12 record. He will mix seven

newcomers with four returning players, including all-Horizon League

guard Vaughn Duggins (14.2 points per game), who is entering his

fifth season.

“I think we’ve worked hard, at least when I’ve been in the gym

and individuals, and I do think have a tremendous amount of

enthusiasm, and a great amount of passion, and I think as a coach

it’s my job we maintain energy level,” Donlan said. “Like any

season, bumps in the road, maintain energy level.”