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Flyers Power Forward Obi Toppin earns First Team All-American by NABC

Obi Toppin shoots a jumper over Fordham players (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Dayton redshirt sophomore Obi Toppin was named a 2020 First Team Division I All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).  Toppin was joined on the team by Udoka Azubuike of Kansas, Luka Garza of Iowa, Markus Howard of Marquette and Payton Pritchard of Oregon.

The NABC Division I All-America team is selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in Division I.

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

Toppin was one of three unanimous Consensus All-Americans, along with Garza and Powell.

He has 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 this 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. Crutcher and Toppin were also both named First Team NABC All-District 4.)

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 averaged 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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