After winning Associated Press National Player of the Year on Tuesday, Dayton’s Obi Toppin announced his NBA Draft decision this afternoon.
Not surprisingly, Toppin has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. The high-flying forward is regarded as a potential lottery pick after taking the country by storm as a redshirt sophomore.
“Once again Thank You Flyer Nation. Love you always,” Toppin wrote in his Twitter announcement today.
Toppin averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for Dayton, which finished the regular season with a 29-2 overall record. The Flyers were angling for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before coronavirus brought the season to an abrupt halt.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Toppin shot an efficient 63.3 percent of the field this year, the sixth-best mark in the country. He also connected on 39 percent of his three-point attempts and shot 70 percent from the free-throw line.
🗣Once again Thank You Flyer Nation ✈️
Love you always ❤️
Obi Toppin pic.twitter.com/NOa3pMtGDM
— obadiah (@otoppin1) March 25, 2020
At 22 years old, it makes sense for Toppin to strike while the iron is hot and enter the draft now. He’s leaving behind two years of college eligibility, but is a potential top-10 pick right now.
The 2020 NBA Draft is set for June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We’ll see if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affects the scheduling for the event.