Dayton’s Toppin, Grant named AP’s Player and Coach of the Year

Dayton’s Toppin, Grant named AP’s Player and Coach of the Year

DAYTON — The Associated Press named Dayton’s Obi Toppin Player of the Year and Anthony Grant Coach of the Year, the media organization announced Tuesday.

Toppin and Grant are the first winners in school history of the top AP awards. This is only the second time in 40 years the winners came from the same team and the first since 2004. That year, fellow Atlantic 10 program Saint Joseph had Jameer Nelson and coach Phil Martelli claim AP’s top college basketball honors.

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For Toppin, the award is the latest in a slew of honors in college basketball’s postseason, after the coronavirus outbreak cancelled the NCAA Tournament. Toppin has already been named national player of the year by several outlets including CBS Sports, USA Today, The Athletic, and others.

Toppin was the only unanimous AP First Team All-American announced last week. He became the first Flyer in program history to named to the AP’s First Team.

Grant picked up another honor for himself, who was previously named national coach of the year by CBS Sports and The Sporting News. Grant was also named the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year.

Both men remain in contention for the Naismith Award for their position; Toppin for National Player of the Year and Grant for National Coach of the Year.

Fan voting for the Naismith Awards is open and equals five percent of the total vote. Votes can be cast through April 1 at naismithfanvote.com.