Obi Toppin has proven to be the definition of hard work.
With no D1 offers out of high school per Sports Illustrated, Toppin made the decision to play at a prep school prior to redshirting at Dayton. In the 2018-2019 season, Toppin finally got his shot to step out on the court.
After declaring for the draft that year, he decided to return to Dayton for another season to work to where he now is: a top-ten NBA prospect.
The 6-foot-9 Dayton Flyer has shown improvement in his two years in the NCAA. His shooting hasn’t necessarily improved, but his points per game have gone from 14.4 points per game in his freshman year to 20 points per game, a whopping 5.6 improvement.
He’s one of the best shooting big men in this draft, and he’s easily one of the most NBA-ready prospects. Toppin should be a top-five pick, but he could slip which is a reason why the Warriors should consider trading down.
Either way, a big-time three-point shooting big man sounds like a dream come true for a team that lost Kevin Durant almost a year ago.