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Vol. 57, No. 4 • June 2020 • .pdf version
Dayton pair, Duke's Carey claim top honors
For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the winners of the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Henry Iba Award came from the same school. Dayton sophomore forward Obi Toppin and head coach Anthony Grant headlined this season's individual award winners in voting by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke's standout center, earned the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman.
On the women's side, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon is the winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the National Player of the Year, Dawn Staley of South Carolina earned the National Coach of the Year Award and Aliyah Boston of South Carolina is the Tamika Catchings Award winner as the National Freshman Player of the Year.
Toppin, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, averaged 20.2 points and 7.3 rebounds and was the A-10 Player of the Year. He shot 63.3 percent for the season, which was fifth best nationally. He also led the nation with 107 dunks.
Toppin, Iowa center Luka Garza and Seton Hall senior guard Myles Powell were named first-team All- Americans by each of the four major awarding organizations: the USBWA, Associated Press, NABC and The Sporting News. Aside from Toppin, Garza and Powell, the USBWA's All-America first team consisted of seniors Markus Howard, a guard from Marquette, and center Udoka Azubuike of Kansas.
The second team consisted of Carey, guards Devon Dotson of Kansas, Malachi Flynn of San Diego State, Payton Pritchard of Oregon and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. The third team: Jared Butler of Baylor, Tre Jones of Duke, Jordan Nwora of Louisville, Filip Petrusev of Gonzaga and Jalen Smith of Maryland.
Grant, a former team captain and MVP at his alma mater, led Dayton to a school-record 29 wins against only two losses, both of which came on neutral floors and in overtime, including one to top-ranked Kansas.
The Flyers were picked third in the A-10 preseason poll but ascended to No. 3 in both final polls after a perfect conference season that earned Dayton its third conference title in the last five years.
Carey was the only player ranked in the Atlantic Coast Conference's top 10 in scoring (third, 17.8), rebounding (fourth, 8.8), field goal percentage (first, .577) and blocked shots (sixth, 1.6). The ACC Freshman of the Year was the only freshman on the 15-man USBWA All-America team and posted 15 double-doubles on the season, second among NCAA freshmen and second in the ACC. Ten of his double- doubles were 20-10 performances and he was in the top four among freshmen nationally in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding.
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