Dayi tip Obi Toppin ended a magical season as the winner of the John R. Wooden Award 2020, the awards committee announced on Tuesday. Toppin secured the award for Iowa star Luka Garza.
Last week, Toppin won both the Naismith Award and the Associated Press in this year’s award.
Toppin led Dayton to a 29-2 record during the 2019-2020 season, ending abruptly before the NCAA Tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic. Toppin in a summer draft of the NBA Draft averaged 20.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, while connecting almost 70 percent of his shots within the 3-point line. He also made 39 percent of his shots off the arc.
He is expected to be the No. 9 pick in this summer’s NBA draft, per ESPN’s latest hair loss.
While Toppin put together one of the country’s most impressive campaigns, he and Garza fought all year for national awards. Garza averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds when the NCAA canceled its post-season tournament. Iowa finished 11-9 and 20-11 in total during the Big Ten regular season.
Garza tweeted congratulations to Toppin for an “incredible season” after the announcement.
Hawkeye Nation – Before you all react, I just want to say that winning 1/6 NPOY awards, and being nominated for NPOY by 6 other media is a huge honor for my family, the University of Iowa and myself. Let’s all congratulate @ obitoppin1 for his incredible season!
– Luka Garza ✞ (@ LukaG_55) April 7, 2020
Toppin helped Dayton dominate Atlantic 10. The Flyers became the first team to win the league without loss (18-0) since George Washington went 16-0 in 2006.
Toppin also became one of the best stories in college basketball. After playing just one year of varsity basketball in high school, he was an academic redshirt in 2017-18. He won the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year awards in 2018-19 before exploding on the national stage this season as a second.
He started his Wood Award campaign by recording 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a 90-84 overtime loss to Kansas at the Maui Invitational in November.
Toppin is the seventh sophomore to win the award and the first since Trey Burke in 2013.