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The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced this week that Obi Toppin of Dayton is the winner of the 2020 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Men’s Player of the Year. The announcement was made during ESPN SportsCenter.

Toppin is the first player from Dayton to receive the honor and the first from the Atlantic-10 Conference since Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s) won in 2004. He was the only player in the country who averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field, while being in the top-5 nationally in field goal percentage. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career dunks are also a Dayton record.

Voting took place from March 16-23, 2020. As insisted upon by Coach Wooden at the Award’s creation 44 years ago, all players were certified by their universities as meeting or exceeding the criteria of the John R. Wooden Award.

About the John R. Wooden Award

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07; ’08), Maya Moore (’09; ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14).

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed over one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American™ recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps.

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Recent winners

2020

Obi Toppin

Dayton

2019

Zion Williamson

Duke

2018

Jalen Brunson

Villanova

2017

Frank Mason III

Kansas

2016

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

2015

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin

2014

Doug McDermott

Creighton

2013

Trey Burke

Michigan

2012

Anthony Davis

Kentucky

2011

Jimmer Fredette

BYU

2010

Evan Turner

Ohio State

2009

Blake Griffin

Oklahoma

2008

Tyler Hansbrough

North Carolina

2007

Kevin Durant

Texas

2006

J.J. Redick

Duke

2005

Andrew Bogut

Utah

2004

Jameer Nelson

St. Joseph’s

2003

T.J. Ford

Texas

2002

Jason Williams

Duke

2001

Shane Battier

Duke

2000

Kenyon Martin

Cincinnati