Leverage and Loyalty – The “Lost Art” of Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II

The way he embraced a loyalty to UD on Poachers Power 5 incentives with big cat boosters, more lucrative NIL deals, a bigger conference scene and a chance to fill a bank account, not just a score of box.

And all of this can now be done with ease, thanks to the revolving door transfer gate.

In today’s world, loyalty sometimes seems like an antiquated term from another era, something as antiquated as knee pads, ocean-going shorts, and the two-handed set piece.

In the summer of 2021, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA and allowed college players to make money on their name, image, and likeness.

While the concept is good, it’s turned into a Wild West endeavor and, as always, the biggest, richest and most trumpeted programs often grab everything in sight.

On his Twitter account, South Florida billionaire John Ruiz announced that he signed Kansas State transfer agent Nijel Peck to a 2-year, $400,000 deal when he agreed to play for the University of Miami.

In return, Peck will support two of Ruiz’s companies: LifeWallet, a healthcare company, and the Cigarette Racing Team (boat).

Oscar Tshiebwe, 6-foot-9, of the Kentucky Wildcats, decided he would stay in college rather than move to the NBA because of all the money he’s making. Sports Illustrated estimated him at $2 million this season.

But taking a page from Holmes’ book, Boston College’s Zac Flowers – two-time All ACC receiver – told ESPN’s Pete Thamel he refused to enter the transfer portal and move to another school. which offered – through intermediaries – some $600,000 in NIL transactions.

Holmes admitted last summer that he was approached by another school’s proxy (he won’t name the school) who said if he transferred he would get a bigger stage and get better NIL offers.

“It wasn’t six figures,” he said.

But even if it had been, he said he wasn’t interested.

“The money hunt isn’t worth it,” he said. “I prefer to have true love.

“Loyalty really means something to me.”

“We are like a big family”

Holmes said that’s how his parents taught him and it’s also the by-product that has come as this team has been built.

“As a team, we have all connected very well and are learning from each other. We are like a big family. And I think you can see that,” Holmes said.

The Flyers returned all of their starters from last season, as well as some of their best bench players, and most importantly added 6-foot-8 freshman guard Mike Sharavjamts, who already appears to be a no-look passing master. .

They are chosen to win the Atlantic 10 this season and open the season ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll.

Such a buildup thrills the local basketball community and for the second straight season, every game is sold out before the opener.

Even Saturday night’s exhibition against the Division III Comets sold out.

In this context, there are ZERO dollars to be had here.

Holmes has agreements with Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and the White Allen Auto Group and the whole team has one with Premier Health.

And just last week, Dayton 6th – a group that includes former Flyers Brian Roberts, Keith Waleskowski and George Janky on the board – was launched to expand and promote NIL offers for UD athletes.

This keeps Dayton competitive, even if not in the rarefied air of some elite Power 5 football programs where, as Sports Illustrated reported, every player in the team (Ohio State lists 119) and rookies get paid $50,000 to $100,000 a year.

When all of this was brought up, Holmes simply shakes his head: “I feel like Dayton is an underrated school and we have a great coaching staff who do a good job of making sure we are the best possible, from head to toe. Dayton is the perfect opportunity for me.

He need look no further than Obi Toppin – the National College Player of the Year three seasons ago who became a first-round NBA pick from the New York Knicks – to know that Dayton offers a path to whatever he seeks in the future.

Like Toppin, he showed development in his first season, although he ended his freshman year on a much higher note when he was named A-10 Rookie of the Year.

At the start of last season, veteran post players from mediocre opposing teams were able to push Holmes and exploit him, but he quickly learned to defend himself and finished the season with a freshman-best 81 shots. blocked.

Saturday night — albeit against a smaller Division III team — he showed maneuvering proficiency on the inside and finished with 15 points, six dunks and two blocked shots. Fellow countryman Toumani Camara led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds.

“It’s a special place”

Goodwin, who scored 1,191 points for the Flyers in the mid-1980s, is in the UD Hall of Fame and was a teammate and remains a dear friend of UD coach Anthony Grant, made the praise from Holmes after the game:

“It’s a type of position. He does a good job with his back and legs. He does such a good job of sealing and putting guys in a bad position. It’s almost a lost art to be honest.

“Post guys like that are now an oddity. He’s an old-fashioned post player. You don’t see that in today’s game.

“He’s going to be a man among the boys in the A-10.”

Goodwin’s son, Dane, is about to start his fifth season at Notre Dame. He has already scored 1,341 points.

“I watch a lot of ACC basketball because of my son and (Dayton) reminds me of an ACC team,” he said. “They are going to be a tough game in their league. They must be the sportiest in their league.

“And I can’t imagine an A-10 team being as athletic and long and deep as UD.”

The other thing that continues to impress him about Dayton basketball is the crowd, not just his size, but his unwavering embrace of the Flyers, just like in his day.

“Yes, it’s a special place,” he said. “It’s an experience that our children won’t have anywhere else. They don’t understand the whole atmosphere and the importance that basketball represents for this community. It was great for them to see that tonight.

In fact, the Capital players went through a lot on Saturday night.

They had a close view of the No. 24 team in the country.

They heard the roar of a sold-out crowd of 13,407.

And they witnessed the embodiment of an “old-fashioned” concept, a “lost art”.

They saw DaRon Holmes II.

They got to see loyalty in action.