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Toppin named to watch list for college basketball’s most prestigious award

Published: Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

Dayton's Obi Toppin, second from right, sits on the bench during an exhibition game against Cedarville on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at UD Arena. Also pictured are (left to right): Trey Landers, Jalen Crutcher, Brett Comer and, far right, Rodney Chatman.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Obi Toppin, second from right, sits on the bench during an exhibition game against Cedarville on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at UD Arena. Also pictured are (left to right): Trey Landers, Jalen Crutcher, Brett Comer and, far right, Rodney Chatman.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers redshirt sophomore forward Obi Toppin earned another prestigious preseason honor Monday. He was one of 50 players named to the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, which is given to the national player of the year in college basketball.

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The list will be narrowed to 30 players in mid-February. Ten semifinalists will be named on March 5, and four finalists will be named on March 17. The winner will be honored at the Atlanta Tipoff Club during the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 5.

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Two other players from the Atlantic 10 Conference were named to the list: Davidson’s Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson. Former Dayton recruit McKinley Wright, a junior at Colorado, made the list as did Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson, Xavier’s Naji Marshall and Cincinnati’s Jarron Cumberland.

Toppin was named to the watch list for the Karl Malone Award in October. Toppin had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 19 minutes Saturday in a 93-60 victory against Cedarville University in an exhibition game. Dayton opens the season at 7 p.m. Saturday against Indiana State.

Highlights: Dayton Flyers vs. Cedarville(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)