Young fan picks Flyers to win it all

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – Every shot taken on a concrete court in front of his home, Breckin Arneson is getting one step closer to playing for his favorite basketball team.

He already has some of the gear and a lifelong passion for Dayton.

“Ever since I was a baby,” said the 9-year-old Arneson said of his love for the Flyers.

But there is one shot Breckin is banking on that could be the most difficult of his young career.

The second grader chose the Flyers to win the 2014 NCAA tournament.

“We were kind of teasing him that he picked Dayton to go all the way,” said Jenn Arneson, Breckin’s mother. “They just kept winning and it got more exciting.”

It was certainly a bold prediction considering the odds. Two big upsets over Ohio State and Syracuse, however, have put his Flyers in the Sweet 16.

But odds makers still have the Flyers listed as the a long shot to win go deeper into the tournament.

Despite the competition, the youngest of the Arneson family is not wavering on his choice.

He is also not letting his bold predictions so far get to his head.

“He has been very humble so far,” said his mother. “I have a feeling that will change.”

To keep the streak going, Arneson has a foolproof plan to help the Flyers keep busting brackets.

During games, he plans to continue imitating the athletes on screen. He has his chair picked out and continuously shoots a ball into a black laundry basket.

He also wears a lucky shirt that may be getting a little too small for him.

“It’s from my best player Ed Young,” said Arneson. “Because I’m the biggest fan.”

With dedicated fans like this, it can be easy to see why Dayton is making a big run in this year’s tournament. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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