The Athletic 10 tabbed him its Mid-Season Player of the Year. The Sporting News named him one of its First Team Mid-Season All-Americans.
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Toppin is averaging 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, while shooting .631 (228-361) from the floor and .388 (31-80) from three-point range.
One of the most efficient players in the country, he averages nearly 20 points a game on just over 12 shots a game. In Friday’s win over Davidson that clinched the 2020 Atlantic 10 regular season championship, Toppin had a double-double (23 & 12) and made 10 of 11 shots from the floor, including three of four three-pointers.
The other finalists for the 2020 Karl Malone Award are Yoeli Childs (BYU), Killian Tillie (Gonzaga), Jalen Smith (Maryland) and Reggie Perry (Mississippi State).
This month, the finalists will be presented to Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
Naismith Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, March 6, via hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2020 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles on April 10, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting Five.
Dayton will close out the regular season Saturday at sold-out UD Arena on Senior Night against George Washington. Game time is 7 p.m.