Dayton's Obi Toppin - AP player of year - heading to NBA

  • Dayton's Obi Toppin - AP player of year - heading to NBA

Dayton's Obi Toppin - AP player of year - heading to NBA

Toppin, who averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, was named AP National Player of the Year in the NCAA. His head coach Anthony Grant was named coach of the year. "I want to thank my father for helping me grow and continue to show me the ropes about playing basketball throughout my life - you are definitely a great teacher". "Love you always", Toppin tweeted.

Last week, Toppin joined Seton Hall's Myles Powell, Iowa's Luka Garza, Marquette's Markus Howard and Oregon's Payton Pritchard on The Associated Press All-America first team. They were 18-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference and won 20 consecutive games before their season was cut short. He shot 63% from the field and 39% from 3-point range.

He became the face of a program that rallied a city shaken by tornadoes and a mass shooting in the past year.

The Flyers' only losses came in overtime to Kansas and Colorado.

Two of college basketball's best big men declared for the draft Wednesday, with Dayton's Obi Toppin and USC's Onyeka Okongwu both foregoing their final years to make the leap to the NBA. The elder Paxson was the third overall pick.