The men’s basketball Flyers of Dayton University are part of the NCAA’s Atlantic 10 Conference. The Dayton Flyers have had a consistently impressive history that includes 14 NCAA Tournament invitations, and more than 30 NBA Draft picks. The top NBA players from Dayton include two-time All-Star Jim Paxson and former NBA head coach Johnny Davis.
One of the greatest scorers in Portland Trail Blazers history, Jim Paxson was the best NBA player from the University of Dayton. After averaging 18 points per game in four years with the Flyers, Paxson was chosen in the first round of the 1979 NBA Draft. In 11 seasons with the Blazers and Celtics, he totaled 11,119 points. He broke out as a starting guard in 1980-81 with 17.1 points and 3.8 assists per game. Paxson twice posted scoring averages in excess of 20 per game while earning a pair of All-Star selections. After his playing career, Paxson served as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager for six years.
Another draft pick by the Blazers, point guard Johnny Davis was one of the best NBA players from the University of Dayton. Davis scored more than 20 points per game twice at Dayton and he led the Flyers to the 1974 Sweet Sixteen. As a backup guard in his rookie year, he helped the Blazers win the 1977 NBA Championship. He spent ten seasons in the NBA with his best years coming in Indiana where he averaged 16.4 points and 5.4 assists per contest from 1978 to 1982. Davis later spent three years as the head coach of the Sixers and Magic.
Guard Bucky Bockhorn was a member of the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s as one of the best NBA players from the University of Dayton. As a senior, Bockhorn posted averages of 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Flyers. He entered the NBA in 1958 and played until 1965, spending his whole career with the Royals franchise, now the Sacramento Kings. Bockhorn had his career year in 1961-62 with 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
Old time big man Monk Meineke played five seasons in the early NBA from 1952 to 1958. A great inside presence in college, the All-American center carried the Dayton Flyers to the first Sweet Sixteen in school history in 1952. In 1953, Meineke became the first player to be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year with averages of 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Fort Wayne Pistons. He also played on the 1955 Pistons team that reached the NBA Finals.
One hit wonder Don May was one of the best NBA players from the University of Dayton. In 1967, May led the Flyers to their first and only ever NCAA championship game. He averaged more than 20 points per game in each of his three seasons at Dayton before being drafted by the Knicks in 1968. He spent seven seasons in the NBA, mostly as a role player, but he had one terrific season that highlighted his career. As a member of the inaugural Los Angeles Clippers team, then known as the Buffalo Braves, May had his career year with 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds on a .471 field goal percentage.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended University of Dayton. Basketball-Reference.com