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Archive for April 4th, 2020

Iowa’s Kathleen Doyle honored by WBCA

 

Named to WBCA All-Region Team

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle has been named a WBCA All-Region honoree, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
The WBCA selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America team from the list of 52 All-Region honorees.

It is the first WBCA All-Region selection of Gustafson’s career. The All-American is the 15th Hawkeye in program history to earn WBCA All-Region honors.

Kathleen Doyle (courtesy Iowa Athletics)

Doyle, a native of LaGrange Park, Illinois, finished the season ranking in the top-50 nationally in five statistical categories, including sixth in the nation in total assists (189), seventh in assists per game (6.3), 19th in free throws made (147), 37th in total points (544), and 49th in points per game (18.1).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Hannah Ossman; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Flyers star Obi Toppin named First Team All-American by The Sporting News

Obi Toppin with a takeoff dunk vs Davidson (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

Flyer Forward Is UD’s First All-American Since 1979

 

SPORTING NEWS – University of Dayton forward Obi Toppin has been named a First Team All-American by The Sporting News.  Toppin joins Dayton coach Anthony Grant in being recognized by The Sporting News.  Grant was named the media outlet’s national Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

The awards continue (and are seemingly trending upward) for Toppin.  On Sunday, he was selected to be Dayton’s Co-MVP with teammate Jalen Crutcher.  On Tuesday, he was named the Atlantic 10′s Player of the Year as well as a two-time First Team All-A-10 honoree.

Toppin is on the short list for every major national player of the year award including being one of 10 semifinalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, and one of 15 players on the national ballot for the Wooden Award.

He is the only player in the country who is averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting over 60% from the field.  He also has the best field goal percentage in the last five years of any Division I player who averages 20 points a game.

The redshirt sophomore from Brooklyn leads the A-10 in FG% (.633, 245-387), and is second in scoring (20.0).  He is the only player in the conference to be listed in both the top ten in FG% and 3-pt. FG% (8th, .390, 32-82).  He is also fifth nationally in field goal percentage, even though he has taken more than double the number of three-pointers the rest of the top 10 has taken combined.

He also leads the nation in dunks (107).

Toppin is the first All-American for the Flyers since Jim Paxson was honored by USBWA in 1979.

Joining Toppin on the All-America team are Iowa’s Luke Garza, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, Marquette’s Markus Howard and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard. The Sporting News All-America team is selected by a blue-ribbon panel of college basketball journalists that represents all regions of the country.

The Flyers are currently ranked third in the nation and have won 20 consecutive games.  At 29-2, Dayton has already set a school record for wins in a season with the Atlantic 10 tournament and the post-season yet to come.  UD won its third A-10 regular season in the last five years, but this season went undefeated (18-0) for the first time.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton’s Anthony Grant wins Conference, District & National Coach of the Year Awards

Anthony Grant talks with media after Senior Night win over George Washington on March 7, 2020 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Flyer Coach Named National Coach Of The Year By The Sporting News

 

DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant earned a trifecta of Coach of the Year honors on Tuesday.  Grant was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association District V Coach of the Year in a vote of the USBWA membership, and was named National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News.

Grant has driven his team to a school-record 29 wins.  UD’s 29-2 record has earned the Flyers to a No. 3 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.  Dayton is the highest-ranked team in District V, which includes teams in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  After being picked to finish third in the A-10, UD was the first team to go 18-0 in the conference in 35 years.

The Flyers enter the post-season on a 20-game win streak, currently the longest winning streak in Division I.  The 20-game streak matches the longest in the same season in Dayton basketball history, matching the 20-gamer in 1951-52.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

No surprise! Dayton’s Obi Toppin named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year

 

Obi Toppin in action vs. North Florida (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

A-10 Honors Obi Toppin, Jalen Crutcher, Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell, and Coach Anthony Grant

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — University of Dayton sophomore forward Obi Toppin was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in addition to being named to First Team All A-10. This makes Toppin the first men’s basketball player in school history to be named Player of the Year.

Toppin was not the only player to be recognized by the Atlantic 10 Conference as Jalen Crutcher was also named First Team All-Atlantic 10, the All-Conference First Team, Trey Landers was named to the Third Team and Ryan Mikesell was named All-Academic Team.

Head coach Anthony Grant was voted A-10 Coach of the Year. The league announced its awards Tuesday in advance of the 2020 Men’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday at Barclays Center.

The major awards, the three six-member All-Conference teams, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams were all nominated and voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches. The basketball communications directors select the five-member All-Academic team. The three All-Conference teams were increased this year to include six players on each team, reflecting the talent depth of a 14-team league.

Toppin, who is a finalist or semifinalist for several national player of the year honors, led Dayton to a perfect A-10 record and the Atlantic 10 regular season title. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in league play, while shooting 64.4 percent from the field in conference and 63.3 percent overall, which ranks fifth nationally. Toppin, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, returns home to lead the top-seeded Flyers into the A-10 Championship.  Earlier in the day Toppin was also named USBWA All-District V.  Dayton’s district includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Junior guard Jalen Crutcher from Memphis, Tenn. averaged 16.5 points per game in A-10 action this season and averaged 4.8 assists. Crutcher was also awarded earlier this week as a co-winner of the UD White Allen MVP Award alongside roommate, Obi Toppin.

Senior guard Trey Landers from Dayton averaged 10.9 in total points and 7.9 in rebounds—the most on the team—in A-10 play this season.   Fifth-year grad student forward Ryan Mikesell from St. Henry, Ohio was named All-Academic for the second consecutive year.

The Flyers are currently ranked third in the nation and have won 20 games in a row.  At 29-2, Dayton has already set a school record for wins in a season. UD won its third A-10 regular season championship in the last five years, but this season went undefeated (18-0) for the first time.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Flyers stars Toppin, Crutcher named White-Allen Co-Most Valuable Players for 2019-20

No. 3 Flyers Finished the Regular Season 29-2 & 18-0 In The Atlantic 10

DAYTON – Roommates Jalen Crutcher and Obi Toppin were named the University of Dayton men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 White-Allen Most Valuable Players today.   The duo who is sometimes called “Peanut Butter & Jam” were honored as part of the Flyer men’s basketball team’s awards banquet Sunday morning.

Obi Toppin

Jalen Crutcher

A three-year starter from Memphis, Tenn. Crutcher leads Dayton in minutes (33.7), assists (4.9) three-pointers (2.4 per game), 3-pt. FG% (.468, 147-314) and FT% (.869, 86-99), and is second in scoring (15.1).  In Atlantic 10 Conference games, he is the only player in the top seven of the guard-oriented stat categories — scoring (7th), assists (7th), 3-pt. FG’s (5th), 3-pt % (4th), FT% (3rd) and A/T ratio (1st).

Toppin is on the short list for every major national player of the year award. The Brooklyn native leads the Flyers in scoring (20.0), rebounding (7.5) and FG% (.633, 245-387) while shooting .390 (32-82) from three-point range, and .702 (99-141) from the line.  He is the only player in the country who is averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting over 60% from the field.  He also has the best field goal percentage in the last five years of any Division I player who averages 20 points a game.

The White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy is sponsored by Tim White and White Allen Auto Group, Inc.  The award is selected by members of the team. The White Allen Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953.  White Allen now sponsors the MVP award for UD’s men’s and women’s basketball, football and volleyball teams.

Crutcher was also the winner of the Alex Schoen Memorial Free Throw Trophy, which goes to UD’s top free throw shooter.  The Schoen Trophy is named in honor of Alex Schoen, Sr., the captain of UD’s first varsity basketball team in 1903-04. Awarded since 1950, it is sponsored by Alex Schoen, Jr.  It goes to the UD player with the highest FT% with a minimum of 50 free throws attempted.

As the team’s top rebounder, Toppin also won the “Shorty” Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Trophy.   The Sharpenter award is named for Hall of Famer Ned “Shorty” Sharpenter, and has been sponsored by his family since its inception in 1979.

Trey Landers was named the Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player.  Landers improvement was not so much for his statistical performance (he is a two-year double-figure scorer) as much as his leadership.  Landers’ is the team’s “alpha” and his positive direction on a daily basis has paved the way to a championship season.

The Daniels Award is presented in memory of Flyer center Chris Daniels.  Originated in 1994-95 as the most improved player award, this award was renamed for Daniels following his death in 1996.

Landers and Rodney Chatman were co-winners of the Steve McElvene Award as the team’s top defenders.  Even though Landers is a 6-foot-5 guard, his strength and physicality allow him to be Dayton’s best post defender, where he might give up four inches to his opponent.  Chatman is a shutdown perimeter defender who regular holds high-scoring guards well under their average.

The Best Defender Award was first presented in 1995, but it was named last year in the memory of Steve McElvene, who died suddenly at home in the spring of 2016 of an undetectable heart condition.  In his only college basketball season, McElvene broke the Dayton single-season blocked shot record.

Landers was also named the winner of the James G. and Purcell S. Palmer Scholarship.  The Palmer Scholarship is given on behalf of the late Jim Palmer and his wife Purcell.  Mr. Palmer was a former Flyer and NBA player. The award is presented to the Dayton player who best embodies his characteristics, on and off the court.

Ryan Mikesell was named the winner of the Dr. George Rau Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player (or players) who display true team spirit, on and off the court.  A fifth-year graduate student who started every game, he was chosen even though the previous two winners of the award – Obi Toppin and Camron Greer – are still on the team.

The Harry O’Rourke Insurance Agency sponsors the Rau Award, which was first presented after the long-time Flyer team physician’s death in 1972.

Jordy Tshimanga earned two awards.  He was announced as the recipient of the Uhl Family Endowed Scholarship, and the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award.  The Uhl scholarship is awarded to the UD player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and character.  It is named after and endowed by former Flyers Bill Uhl and Bill Uhl II.  The Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Award is presented in memory of Dayton businessman John L. Macbeth, and is sponsored by Mrs. John L. Macbeth and family.  It has been awarded since 1959.

Ibi Watson was named the winner of the Thomas M. Luppe Award, which is awarded to the first-year player (or players) on the team who best demonstrates the courage, desire and integrity of former Flyer freshman Tom Luppe.  Watson was the team’s “sixth starter” averaging over 20 minutes a game and is the team’s fourth player in double figures on the season.

The Luppe Award honors Thomas M. Luppe, who died in 1963 while playing in a UD freshman game.

The Flyers are currently ranked third in the nation and have won 20 consecutive games.  At 29-2, Dayton has already set a school record for wins in a season with the Atlantic 10 tournament and the post-season yet to come.  UD won its third A-10 regular season in the last five years, but this season went undefeated (18-0) for the first time.

Coach Anthony Grant is among the top contenders for national coach of the year honors.   He is a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award, and a finalist for the Wooden Coach of the Year Award. He is also under consideration by two other major outlets.

Dayton leads the nation as a team in field goal percentage (.525, 905-1725).  That is also better than the school record single-season FG% (.509, 867-1702 in 1981-82).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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