Dayton Flyers redshirt sophomore forward Obi Toppin climbed into the first round in a mock draft published by ESPN this week.
Toppin appeared in the mock draft in April as a second-round pick, No. 38 overall, and he’s now predicted to go in the first round, No. 24 overall, to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Of Toppin, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony wrote, “Dayton power forward Obi Toppin moved up 20 spots to No. 24 after his performance at the Nike Skills Academy, which would have won him camp MVP had that award been handed out. The redshirt sophomore is the oldest player projected in our first round, at 21.5 years.”
Toppin also earned a NBA Draft mention from SI.com in August.
Jeremy Woo wrote: “Toppin pops physically, plays with an edge and is willing to do the dirty work, and impressed at the camp while knocking down jumpers, showcasing some versatility on both sides of the ball at 6’8”, and making an intriguing case as a long-term role player. Yes, this sounds like the same story we heard with eventual second-rounder Eric Paschall a year ago, but Toppin is clearly tracking toward the 2020 draft. He’ll have to keep answering questions about what role he plays, but if the jump shot and energy levels stays consistent, those things may resolve themselves in time.”
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