Obi Toppin To Enter NBA Draft; Eligible To Return To UD

Press-Release below from Doug Hauschild & Dayton Flyers Athletics:

New NCAA Regulations Allow Student-Athletes To Sign With Agents To Assist In The Process

DAYTON  – University of Dayton redshirt freshman Obi Toppin announced Wednesday (April 17) that he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

Under new NCAA rules, Toppin can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to the Flyers. The Dayton coaching staff will be involved during this process.

Toppin led UD in scoring (14.4), FG% (.666, 201-302), 3-pt., FG% (.524, 11-21) and blocked shots (28).  He was the first UD player named the A-10 Rookie of the Year and was the first freshman named First Team All-Atlantic 10 since Lamar Odom was named in 1998-99.  He was fourth in the nation in FG%, and his 83 dunks were second in Division I.  He set Dayton freshman records for total points (475), scoring average, FG% and dunks.  His field goal percentage was also the third-best overall single season mark at Dayton.

The NBA Draft will be held June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Obi is taking advantage of the new NCAA rules to make the best decision for himself and his family,” Flyer head coach Anthony Grant said. “He is an enjoyable young man to coach, and has worked very hard for this opportunity to see where he is at this stage of his career.  We will work closely with Obi throughout the process and support whatever decision he makes.”

Under newly adopted NCAA rules, college players are allowed to retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process. If they choose to return to school, they must end the relationship with the agent and they will not lose any eligibility.  That decision must be made by June 10.

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