Obi Toppin (cover photo), Dayton men’s basketball’s star player, has contributed significantly to the team’s success. Courtesy of Griffin Quinn
For the first time since February 2016, Dayton men’s basketball is ranked. After a strong start to the season, the Flyers slotted in at No. 19 on the latest Associated Press top 25, which was released Monday.
Dayton is 5-1 to start the season. The Flyers feasted on lower competition to start the season before heading to Maui, and they didn’t miss a beat when they got there.
The Flyers blew out Georgia and Virginia Tech in the first two rounds of the tournament, winning by 19 and 27 points respectively. Dayton pushed No. 2 Kansas to their limits in the final, forcing the game to overtime before losing 90-84.
As the team continues to climb up the rankings, redshirt sophomore Obi Toppin is climbing up draft boards. Toppin had the chance to show off his abilities on the national stage last week and didn’t disappoint.
Announcers and analysts were praising Toppin all tournament, some going so far as to say that he could be a top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. In ESPN’s latest mock draft, posted Monday, Toppin is projected to go 13th in June.