Dyshawn Pierre, quite possibly the most important returning player on this year’s Dayton team, will not play until late December at the earliest.
Dayton has announced Pierre is not an active student. A report from ESPN on Sunday stated Pierre was suspended by Dayton. A brief trio of statements from separate parties at Dayton did not reveal why Pierre is currently not on campus.
From Dayton’s vice president of student development: “Dyshawn Pierre is not enrolled at the university for the fall semester. Therefore, he will not play on the basketball team during this time. The university cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws.”
Dayton men’s basketball’s sports information director: “This is a university matter. The division of athletics respect the privacy of all student athletes and will have no further comment.”
Archie Miller, coach of the Flyers: “The division of athletics has issued a statement, and I have nothing to add to it at this time.”
Pierre, 21, was an All-Atlantic 10 Second Team member last season, when he eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark and averaged 12.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. The fall semester for Dayton will conclude after UD has played its first 10 games, meaning a return for Pierre, in the most optimistic scenario, comes three days before Christmas. Dayton has a home game against Miami University on Dec. 22.
Dayton has been an ascending power in recent years, both nationallly and within the Atlantic 10, under Miller. He took UD to the Elite Eight in 2014, and last season guided a hampered Flyers team to 27 victories and an NCAA Tournament win.
The toughest games on Dayton’s early portion of the schedule include vs. Alabama (Nov. 17); vs. Iowa (Nov. 26); a possible matchup with Notre Dame (Nov. 27 or 29); and at Vanderbilt (Dec. 9).