About Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin was widely regarded as the most valuable player in college basketball last season, building on a breakout redshirt freshman year to propel Dayton to an AP Top-5 ranking. The son of former professional basketball journeyman Obadiah Toppin, he took a winding path to the highest honors college basketball has to offer. A lightly regarded member of the high school class of 2016, Toppin opted to take a fifth year at Mt Zion Prep (MD) to little attention. Growing some in his late teens, he garnered several quality offers that season ultimately choosing Dayton where he was ruled academically ineligible in his first year under Head Coach Anthony Grant. Biding his time and emerging as one of the best freshman in the A-10 last season, Toppin garnered NBA buzz but opted to return to school.
Averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game on gaudy efficiency numbers as the focal point of a revamped offense that was arguably the top unit in the country, he was rewarded for his choice as he captured nearly every college player of the year honor and showed improvement in several key areas to bolster his standing ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.
- Possessing good size for a power forward at 6-foot-9 with a 6-foot-10.5 wingspan and a solid 220-pound frame, Toppin is an explosive leaper who lead college basketball in dunks by a significant margin.
- Asserting himself in a variety of ways last season, Toppin relished the way Dayton spaced the floor as his ability to score one-on-one on the block, find angles to finish emphatically working with and without the ball, and budding ability to step out and make jump shots were magnified in the Flyers’ NBA-style system. Putting together one of the most efficient scoring seasons for a high-volume scorer in the last five years, Toppin was dominant for stretches.
- Displaying good instincts getting in the passing lanes and the explosiveness to protect the rim, Toppin had some positive moments defensively although he often looked to avoid foul trouble. More powerful than quick as an athlete, he is still finding a comfort level against more dynamic perimeter scorers at the power forward spot.
- Showing some instincts on the defensive end, Toppin was not steadily disruptive last season but displays a strong feel for the game and uses verticality pretty well even if he is not especially long.
- Allowing 0.70 points per post up possession [74th percentile], he appeared most comfortable guarding inside, though he gives up size in some matchups. Looking to avoid fouls last season, Toppin’s ability to use his physicality inside or acclimate to sliding on the perimeter will define where he fits in defensively long-term.
- 2019-20 National Player of the Year honors from the AP, NABC, USBWA, Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Award and Naismith Trophy, among others.
- Unanimous 2019-20 All-America First Team selection, Dayton’s first consensus All-American.
- 2019-20 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year.
- 2019-20 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Atlantic 10 First Team pick.
- In 2018-19, named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and an All-Atlantic 10 First Team choice.
- Has the highest career field goal percentage in Dayton history (64.7).
- Averaged 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 63.3 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from three-point range.
- Was sixth in the nation (and first in A-10) in field goal percentage.
- Scored a career-high 31 points and had a school-record 10 dunks vs. North Florida (Dec. 30).
- Helped Dayton (29-2) become the first team to go 18-0 in the A-10 in 35 years.
- Explosive leaper and finisher.
- Runs the floor exceptionally well.
- Scores both inside and out.
- Capable defender and rim protector.
- Sat out the 2017-18 season at Dayton as an academic redshirt.
- Stood 6-2 as a high school junior and 6-5 as a senior before growing into his current frame.
- Played only one season of varsity basketball in high school and did not receive a Division I scholarship offer as a senior at Ossining in New York. Played one year at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore.
"A lot of people say I have a body build like Amar’e Stoudemire [and] I play a little bit like Al Horford because he can shoot and stretch the floor.”
-Toppin, on NBA comparisons that he has heard