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EXCERPT: State of the Hoops Program: With Obi Toppin leading the way, Dayton ready for breakout season

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The following is an excerpt from The Athletic, written by Brian Bennett about Dayton Men's Basketball. A link to the full stoyon The Athletic (subscription required) follows the excerpt.

Obi Toppin doesn’t even think that is much in question. “For sure, definitely,” he answers quickly when asked about this potential line of slam succession. He did, after all, dunk more than 2½ times per game last season for the Flyers, including a wait-did-he-really-do-that, between-the-legs jam against Georgia Southern.

Even during light August practice sessions, when most players conserve their energy with simple layups, Toppin is rattling rims.

“I’m addicted to it,” he says. “It’s probably because I didn’t start dunking until my senior year of high school. I’ve been dunking everything ever since.”

The late-blooming, 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore led Dayton in scoring last season and became the first freshman in 20 years to be named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team. After going through the NBA Draft process this summer, Toppin decided to come back to school — but not before impressing onlookers as one of the top performers at last month’s Nike Skills Academy.

Buzz is growing about Toppin becoming a first-round pick next June, which would make him the first the Flyers have produced since Jim Paxson in 1979.

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