For the second time in three days, the Flyers have secured an important commitment. Desmond Adedeji, a 6-foot-9 center out of DeMatha Catholic, stepped up and committed. Two days later, Gregory struck again.
Charles Little, a 6-foot-5 combo forward out of Cleveland (Tenn.) High, selected Dayton over Mississippi, Tennessee and interest from Boston College. According to his high school coach Aaron Green, the climate at Dayton had a lot to do with the choice.
"There's no other place that he went to where basketball is as important as it is there," Green said.
"I think the main thing is that when you have a number of bigger of schools looking at you then you can see the great job that they did recruiting him. They've been on him since last year. They made it clear that they wanted him and I think that Coach Gregory, and the success they've had and going to have is a big factor. Basketball is important to him and it's extremely important in Dayton, Ohio."
Little excelled this summer. He ran with the Atlanta Celtics and made waves in July when he was selected to the all-star game at the prestigious Reebok ABCD Camp.
A combo forward by trade, he's a supreme athlete who should slide right in and help Dayton. Dayton, already loaded with a host of young talent, doesn't have a guy like this. Little can sky.
"I think the style of play that Coach Gregory likes to coach fits Charles' mode really well. I know they focus a lot on transition and get it up and down the floor. Charles is an excellent fit as far as that is concerned. He's extremely athletic and second to none as far as I'm concerned. They'll use him at that three spot a lot."