Obi Toppin named Naismith National Player of the Year

Toppin wins Naismith National Player of the Year

DAYTON — You can add another prestigious award to Obi Toppin’s collection, as the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced he was the recipient of the Naismith Award for National Player of the Year Friday.

Toppin claimed one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards, the latest in a slew of postseason honors for the Flyers’ star. The announcement comes after head coach Anthony Grant was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year Thursday.

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Toppin and Grant have swept national awards by several outlets, including the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and other websites.

Toppin nudged out other finalists for the award, including Iowa’s Luka Garza, Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.

Last week, Toppin announced he would forgo the remainder of his college career and enter the 2020 NBA Draft. His college career ended with 1,096 points, good for 39th in program history and the program-record for dunks with 190.

Toppin still has the ability to earn another two prestigious honors, including the John Wooden Award for national player of the year and the Karl Malone Award, awarded to the nation’s best forward.