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Sport Dayton's Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops player

02:27  08 april  2020
02:27  08 april  2020 Source:   ap.org

Dayton double: Flyers' Toppin, Grant claim AP top honors

  Dayton double: Flyers' Toppin, Grant claim AP top honors Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant spent the season transforming Dayton from an unranked team that wasn’t even picked to win its conference into one of the nation's best, complete with the most wins in program history. The pair behind the Flyers' remarkable rise claimed The Associated Press’ top individual honors: Toppin is the men’s college basketball player of the year and Grant is the coach of the year. “Our team is very appreciative of what we accomplished,” Toppin told the AP, “just because we made history at our school.”Indeed. Dayton (29-2) went from being picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 to No.

Dayton forward Obi Toppin completed a magical season as the winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award , the award ' s committee announced on Tuesday. Toppin secured the award over Iowa star Luka Garza. Last week, Toppin won both the Naismith and Associated Press national player of the year

Dayton ' s Obi Toppin completed his awards sweep Tuesday when he was named winner of the John R. Wooden Award over Iowa's Luka Garza. Toppin previously won both the Naismith and Associated Press national player of the year awards . Justin Casterline/Getty Images.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) --  Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player.

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. © 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. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Obi Toppin's parents say he wants to play for the Golden State Warriors

  Obi Toppin's parents say he wants to play for the Golden State Warriors For the first time in years, the Golden State Warriors are expected to own a top pick in the NBA draft. Instead of focusing on a run to the NBA Finals, the Warriors are locking in on the top prospects available in the upcoming draft class. Since the start of the season, players like Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball and Deni Avdija have headlined mock drafts. However, with the college basketball season over, Dayton’s Obi Toppin has been linked to the Golden State Warriors.Toppin’s parents joined Sonya and Dell Curry’s podcast “Raising Fame,” and the connection between the Flyer and Golden State grew. Toppin’s parents were asked what team their son hopes to play for in the NBA.

Dayton ' s Obi Toppin wins the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award .

From Dayton ' s Obi Toppin to Iowa's Luka Garza, we explain how they all got there. In six weeks, Dayton forward Obi Toppin could win the Wooden Award or lead the Flyers to the Final Four. In June, Toppin could also hear his name selected in the 2020 NBA draft.

Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph's in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.

Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.

Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year.

Bey received the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 45% from 3-point range.

Garza was named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year. He averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

Powell earned the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year. He averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

The Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year went to Pritchard, who averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and shot 82% from the free-throw line.

Each award’s namesake headed his own selection committee to evaluate candidates throughout the season. Fans also were able to vote.

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