National Player of the Year, Obi Toppin declares for the NBA Draft

National Player of the Year, Obi Toppin declares for the NBA Draft

National Player of the Year, Obi Toppin declares for the NBA Draft

With the National Basketball Association season on hold due to the coronavirus, Golden State's front office will have extra time to catch up on their draft homework.

Usually, a team that has made five straight NBA Finals appearances wouldn't have the chance to draft an elite prospect such as Obi Toppin.

Toppin's parents joined Sonya and Dell Curry's podcast "Raising Fame, " and the connection between the Flyer and Golden State grew. Roni Toppin quickly answered, "Golden State - let's go to the Bay".

Toppin's father, Obadiah, was a well-known street baller in Brooklyn who played for several semi-professional teams.

Now Dayton has its first winners of the AP's top awards, joining St. Joseph's in 2004 (with Jameer Nelson and coach Phil Martelli) as the only programs in the past 40 seasons to claim both in the same year.

"Love you always", Toppin tweeted. "What we did accomplish in the shortened season is something I think that hopefully will be remembered". Dayton finished 29-2 and projected as a No. 1 seed had the NCAA tournament not been canceled.

After averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and one steal per game for the Flyers, Toppin was recently named the 2020 AP National Player of the Year. He can step back beyond the arc and also can throw down dunks like this. He spent a year a fifth year of high school at a preparatory school and then sat out a year as a redshirt for Dayton. We'll see, but he certainly did everything possible this season to become a future Warrior.

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