National Player of the Year, Obi Toppin declares for the NBA Draft

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

Toppin was selected to The Associated Press All-America first team, Friday, March 20, 2020. His head coach Anthony Grant was named coach of the year.

Toppin averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game while shooting 63.3 percent from the field as a redshirt sophomore. "I want to thank my father for helping me grow and continue to show me the ropes about playing basketball throughout my life - you are definitely a great teacher".

Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but chose to stay in college another year. He beat Iowa's Luke Garza for player of the year honors.

The Flyers' only losses came in overtime to Kansas and Colorado. They likely would have been a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Toppin didn't play his freshman year at Dayton, and now has announced he will be forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility.

Three Dayton players have been first-round National Basketball Association picks: John Horan in 1955, Jim Paxson 1956, and his son Jim in 1979.

A recent ESPN mock draft pegged Toppin as a top-10 pick, going No. 9 overall to the Chicago Bulls.

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