Sport Dayton star Toppin named Naismith Player of the Year

22:06  03 april  2020
22:06  03 april  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Top Flyer: Dayton's Obi Toppin leads AP All-American team

  Top Flyer: Dayton's Obi Toppin leads AP All-American team The college basketball season came to an emphatic, dramatic end with the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. For a handful of players, earning a postseason honor offers a glimmer of happiness amid the uncertainty.

Dayton sophomore star Obi Toppin was named the men's winner of the Citizen Naismith Trophy on Friday.

a man standing in front of a crowd © Joe Robbins / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Toppin, who has been named a finalist for the Wooden Award, was also honored as The Associated Press Player of the Year in March. The 22-year-old New York native dominated the Atlantic 10 this season, averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks on 63% shooting.

The Naismith Player of the Year awards are handed out annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu took home women's honors.

Toppin declared for the NBA draft last week and said he would sign with an agent, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.

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Dayton's Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops player .
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. © Getty Obi Toppin of the Dayton Flyers reacts after a dunk in the second half of a game against the George Washington Colonials at UD Arena on March 7, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame. The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN's “SportsCenter" broadcast.

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