One player in college basketball took the country by storm, and that was Obi Toppin. Toppin made a name for himself in his final season at the University of Dayton. Now, he is projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Even though Toppin was not a top recruit out of high school, he made the most of his opportunity playing at Dayton, and now he will soon start his career as an NBA player.
Obi Toppin attended four different schools during his high school career
Toppin is a native of Brooklyn, New York. After growing up in Brooklyn, he moved to Florida at the start of his high school career. As a freshman, he attended Heritage High School in Palm Bay. The next year he transferred to Melbourne Central Catholic High School. After his sophomore year, Toppin relocated back to New York.
During his junior year, he attended Ossining High School. Toppin had a productive season his senior year as he averaged 20.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, three assists, and three steals. He also helped lead the team to its first conference title in 10 years. After his senior year, Toppin did not have any Division I offers, so he decided to enroll at Mt. Zion Preparatory School in Baltimore, Maryland for a postgraduate year.
At Mt. Zion, Toppin hit a growth spurt as he grew four inches and was 6-foot-9. On the court, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Toppin finally received multiple offers from Division I schools, and he decided to commit to Dayton over the likes of Rhode Island, Georgetown, Georgia, Texas A&M, Minnesota, and Texas Tech.
Obi Toppin immediately made an impact during his time at Dayton
It only took Toppin a few years to become a top player in NCAA basketball. He redshirted his freshman year because he was ruled academically ineligible to play. During his redshirt freshman year, he led the team in scoring with 14.4 points, and he also averaged 5.6 rebounds. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, and he was named to All-Atlantic 10 First Team.
Going into the 2019-20 season, Toppin and Dayton had high expectations. Dayton was one of the top teams in college basketball throughout the season, and Toppin was one of the top players. Toppin was named to the midseason watchlist for the Wooden Award and was named the Midseason Player of the Year by The Athletic.
Before the season ended due to the pandemic, Dayton had a 29-2 record and was projected to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Toppin ended his college career on a good note. He finished the season averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, and he also won the Karl Malone Award, given to the top power forward in the country. The awards continued to roll in for Toppin as he was named the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, NABC Player of the Year, Naismith College Player of the Year. He was also awarded the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award.
Taking a look at Obi Toppin’s game
Toppin became a top draft prospect after putting together an impressive career at Dayton. The 6-foot-9 220-pound power forward has a lot of strength and can make an impact playing inside the paint. He can also shoot from mid-range and outside the perimeter, even though that’s not his game.
Once he enters the league, whatever team takes him will work on his mid-range shot, and if he can add that to his game, he will be a dominant player in the league. Everyone knows he can make plays at the rim, and he’ll be an exciting player to watch once he starts his NBA career.