Obi Toppin has decided to return to the University of Dayton for another season. He explored the possibility of entering the NBA draft, without an agent of course, and made the decision last week to come back to college ball.
His return would have made Flyers fans ecstatic at any time, however, the timing of his announcement was more important than anticipated. The Dayton area was ravished by tornadoes the night before Obi’s announcement made headlines, although many were dealing with the devastation, I know hearing that news about Obi lifted some spirits.
My parents were cleaning up the mess (miraculously no damage to their home) and I just had to text my father that Obi Toppin was coming back. His response, amongst all that was going on, “That does excite me”.
Dayton Flyers fans knew that Toppin had the size and some athletic ability, but we weren’t quite ready for the show he put on last season. He helped fuel a Dayton team that many pundits saw as a middle of the road squad in the A-10, to third place in the conference. They were in the hunt for winning the A-10 much of the season. His high-flying act erupted UD Arena several times each game. Toppin ended up setting the Flyers single-season record for dunks with 83. He was also among the top in the nation for field goal percentage all season, finishing 4th.
In his Freshman campaign, Toppin’s stat line looked like this: 14.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, and .8 BPG. This is going to be an exciting year for Flyers fans with Obi returning and a highly touted recruit class coming in. I am excited to see what this team can accomplish, another deep NCAA tourney run perhaps.
Let’s Go UD!!!