Oni Toppin of Dayton has been named the unanimous Associated Press men's basketball player of the year.
After two memorable years with Dayton, Obi Toppin will head to the National Basketball Association. "Love you always", Toppin tweeted.
Toppin, who was a late bloomer in high school and didn't get much recruiting notice, led the way in one of Dayton's greatest seasons.
Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but made a decision to stay in college another year.
Last week, Toppin joined Seton Hall's Myles Powell, Iowa's Luka Garza, Marquette's Markus Howard and Oregon's Payton Pritchard on The Associated Press All-America first team.
He became the face of a program that rallied a city shaken by tornadoes and a mass shooting in the past year.
The Flyers were 29-2, with their only two losses coming in overtime against Kansas and Colorado.
The Flyers were all but guaranteed to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before the postseason was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Dayton duo are just the second to win both awards in the same year in the past 40 seasons.
A recent ESPN mock draft pegged Toppin as a top-10 pick, going No. 9 overall to the Chicago Bulls.