Obi Toppin among finalists for Naismith Award

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Dayton honors Obi Toppin for 1,000th point

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Dayton Flyers forward Obi Toppin made the list of five finalists for the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, which is presented annually by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club to the top men’s basketball player in the country.

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Toppin, who averaged 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore, joins Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike, Seton Hall senior Myles Powell, Oregon senior Payton Pritchard and Iowa junior Luka Garza on the list of finalists.

“Each of these finalists enjoyed an incredible season, and all of them deserve to win the Citizen Naismith Trophy,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, in a press release. “Their talent and skill on the court make them worthy of Player of the Year, and although we won’t see them in postseason play, we believe it is important to still honor their accomplishments.”

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Fans can vote for the finalists from March 20 through April 1 at Naismithfanvote.com. The fan vote counts for five percent of the overall vote. The award will be announced April 3. The award ceremony will be held on a later date.

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