Pierre had two triple-doubles in three days en route to being named the Ontario championship MVP.
University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has announced that two new players have signed to join the Flyer basketball program. Dyshawn Pierre, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Whitby, Ontario signed his letter of intent today. In addition, Jordan Sibert, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard, has signed to transfer to the Dayton basketball program from Ohio State. Sibert had announced his intentions last week.
Pierre is an athletic wing forward who has played on back-to-back high school provincial championship teams and has represented Canada at the U19 and U17 World Championships. This past March he led Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute to its second straight Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Class AAA championship. Pierre averaged 17.3 points a game in the tournament, coming through with triple-doubles to start and end the tournament. He had 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the first round, and a 15-point, 18-rebound, 11-assist performance in the finals. Pierre was named the championship MVP.
Pierre was also Team Canada’s leading scorer at last summer’s U19 World Championships in Latvia. At age 17 during the event, he was one of the youngest players in the tournament. But his 17.7 points per game led Canada and was the 10th-highest average in the competition. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and shot 63.9% from the field. In 2010, Pierre averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds at the U17 World Championships.
“We are really thrilled to add Dyshawn to our program and the University of Dayton,” Miller said. “He comes from a great family, a winning high school program and has a wealth of experience competing for his national team in Canada. He is a great fit as a person for what it takes to be successful as a student-athlete at the University of Dayton, and as a player he really embraces the qualities we want on our team. His versatility on both ends of the floor will allow him to flourish and grow in our style of play, and he will help us move, as a team, closer to the kind of basketball we intend to play.”
Sibert, a 2010 graduate of Princeton High School in Cincinnati, played his first two years at Ohio State. He will have two seasons to play at UD after sitting out the 2012-13 year due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Sibert played in 24 games on OSU’s Final Four team in 2011-12, averaging 11.4 minutes, 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds. He played in a total of 49 games in two seasons for the Buckeyes. His career high in scoring was 12 points against Northwestern on Dec. 28, 2011.
As a senior at Princeton High School in 2010, he was named the Ohio’s Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 18.7 points a game and was also Associated Press Southwest Ohio Division I Player of Year and Associated Press First Team All-Ohio. Princeton was 19-5 and advanced to the regional semifinals in 2010, after finishing 25-2 with a two-point loss in the state championship game to a Jared Sullinger-led Columbus Northland team. Sibert scored 21 points in that game, and averaged 13.3 ppg. as a junior.
Miller was a member of Thad Matta’s staff at OSU when Sibert originally committed to the Buckeyes.
“I’ve known Jordan and his family since he was a 15-year-old sophomore at Princeton High School,” Miller said. “No one is more excited to bring him to the University of Dayton more than me. He is a great kid, a talented player, and is highly motivated to succeed. He has really experienced championship level environments in both high school and college. We have a great situation for him on-and-off the floor to allow him to maximize his redshirt year. As we continue to build, the state of Ohio will always be the anchor of our recruiting. Landing Jordan gives more evidence that the University of Dayton is an attractive destination for the best players in Ohio.”
Pierre and Sibert are the fourth and fifth members of a newcomer class that includes Khari Price (6-0, 175, Sidell, La., Salmen HS) Jalen Robinson (6-8, 220, Columbus, Ohio, Northland HS) and Devon Scott (6-8, 235, Columbus, Ohio, Northland HS).
Dayton returns three starters from last season’s 20-13 team that advanced to the NIT and won the 2011 Old Spice Classic. Leading the returnees will be All-Atlantic 10 point guard Kevin Dillard, who was second in the A-10 and tied for 16th in the NCAA in assists per game with 6.0. Dillard also led the Flyers in scoring (13.3), assists (6.0), steals (47) and minutes (32.7).