Men’s Basketball Update: Dayton Adds Guard From Junior College

Connor Hanson
Staff Writer

Coach Anthony Grant of Dayton’s men’s basketball announced that Jhery Matos, a junior, 6-foot-6 guard from Monroe College, has signed his letter of intent with UD.  Matos will have two seasons of eligibility with the Flyers.

The junior hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, playing basketball on the U19 team and training with the national team until he came stateside in 2013. He went onto attend Calusa Prep in Miami, Florida and West Oaks Academy in Orlando over the course of two years and finished his senior season averaging 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game.

He then split time again at Eastern Florida State College his freshman year and Monroe College his sophomore year. His past season at Monroe saw him average 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists, shooting roughly 43 percent from the field, just under 36 percent from the three-point line and 71.3 percent from the free throw line.

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Those tallies would be good enough to get him named an NJCAA Third Team All-American and help Monroe College make it to the regional championship, finishing the year 20-11.

Assuming he takes one of Dayton’s scholarships, the Flyers will be down to four open scholarships and will have two recruits for the 2018-2019 season with fellow signee Dwayne Cohill.

The Flyers finished the 2017-2018 season 14-17 (8-10 in the Atlantic-10) and return four of five starters from last year’s team.

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