Dayton Flyers star forward Dyshawn Pierre is not enrolled in classes for the fall semester and will miss the team’s first 10 games as a result. Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reported the unfortunate development.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman also reported on Twitter that Pierre was suspended for the first semester, but did not give a reason as to why.
Dayton’s leading returning scorer, Dyshawn Pierre, has been suspended for the first semester, a source told ESPN. Expected to return Dec 22.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 20, 2015
The university released an incredibly brief statement: “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.”
Flyers coach Archie Miller offered no further comment.
No matter how you look at it, Pierre is a big loss for Dayton. He has averaged 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over three years while shooting 49 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from long range. Pierre also helped lead the Flyers to the Elite Eight in the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed, ultimately losing to No. 1 Florida.
Whatever the reason for his suspension, here’s hoping he gets his head screwed on straight as Dayton will be without him for tough games against Alabama (Nov. 17), Iowa (Nov. 26), Vanderbilt (Dec. 6) and potentially Notre Dame (Nov. 27 or Nov. 29).
Campus Sports will update this story if any new information becomes available.
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