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UD Flyers’ Toppin named First Team All-American by USBWA

Obi Toppin dunks vs Fordham (Dayton Media Relations)

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Dayton redshirt sophomore Obi Toppin was named a First Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers (USBWA).  Toppin was joined by senior guards Markus Howard of Marquette and Myles Powell of Seton Hall, senior center Udoka Azubuike of Kansas and junior center Luka Garza of Iowa.  Toppin was the only sophomore.

The USBWA All-America team is based on voting from its national membership of 900-plus. The USBWA has selected All-All-America teams since the 1956-57 season, its founding year.

A 6-foot-9 forward from Brooklyn, Toppin has already been named First Team All-American by The Sporting News and the Associated Press.  The Associated Press, Sporting News and USBWA All-America teams are three of the four teams used to determine the NCAA’s consensus All-America teams.

He has already been selected the College Basketball Player of the Year by The Athletic, USA Today, CBSsports.com, NBC Sports and Rivals.  Sports Illustrated announced its Top 50 College Basketball Players for the 2019-20 season last week, and Toppin’s uniform number matched his ranking – “1.”  (It is worth noting that Toppin’s teammate and roommate, point guard Jalen Crutcher, was number 34 in the same ranking.)

Toppin is a finalist for the Atlanta Tip-Off Club’s Citizen Naismith Trophy, is on the national ballot for the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award, and is on the watch lists for the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Karl Malone Award.

Toppin finished the year averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, and shooting .633 (245-387) from the field, .390 (32-82) from 3-pt. range and .702 (99-141) from the line.  According to Synergy Basketball, Toppin led the nation with 1.20 points per possession while he was on the floor.

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

Toppin led the A-10 in FG% (.633, 245-387), and was second in scoring (20.0).  He was 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 was also fifth nationally in field goal percentage, even though he took more than double the number of three-pointers the rest of the top 10 combined.

The athletic high Flyer also led the nation in dunks (107).

Toppin lifted the Flyers to a 29-2 record, setting the most wins in school history even though UD did not get a chance to play any post-season games.  Dayton ended the year ranked third in the nation and will carry a 20-game win streak into 2020-21, the longest active streak in Division I.  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 Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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