Toppin is the first player from an Ohio college to win the Naismith since Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2010. Cincinnati’s Kenyon Martin, who was honored in 2000, is the only other Ohio player to win the award.
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Jameer Nelson, of Saint Joseph’s, won the Naismith in 2004. He’s the only other player from the Atlantic 10 Conference to win it.
Toppin has also won national player of the year awards from the Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a number of websites and publications.
There is one more national award Toppin can win. He’s one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. The winner will be announced Tuesday during ESPN’s SportsCenter’s broadcast, which starts at 5 p.m.
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Toppin entered his name in the NBA Draft in March after two seasons at UD. He averaged 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds this season as a redshirt sophomore. He led Dayton to a 29-2 season, an Atlantic 10 Conference championship, a No. 3 ranking in the Associated Press poll and 20 straight victories to end the season.