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Basketball Star From Westchester Flying High For Dayton With Fourth A-10 Rookie Of Week Award

Obi Toppin of Ossining leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.691, 131-188).
Obi Toppin of Ossining leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.691, 131-188). Photo Credit: University of Dayton Athletics

To say Westchester's Obi Toppin has been enjoying a breakout debut season in the world of Division I college basketball would be the ultimate understatement.

Obi Toppin, a 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman forward for the University of Dayton Flyers, was just named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Toppin, from Ossining, averaged 25.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last week, shooting .733 (22 of 30) on field goals and .875 (7-8) on free throws. He had career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) in a win over St. Joseph's, and then topped his career-best in points to 26 in a victory over Duquesne.

Beyond those stats, Toppin has dazzled fans with his above-the-rim skills and an array of dunks, including a between-the-legs slam dunk you can watch here.

His 59 dunks are seven away from the UD single-season record of 66, set by Chris Wright in 2009-10. The 59 dunks are also the most in Division I, two more than Texas big man Jaxon Mills.

Through games of Feb. 3, Toppin leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.691, 131-188). In addition to his dunks, Toppin is shooting .559 (71-127) on non-dunk field goal attempts.

UD is 15-7 overall and is tied for second in the A-10 with a 7-2 mark. The Flyers have two tough Atlantic 10 road games this week. UD is at Saint Louis, the conference preseason favorite, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network). Dayton then visits defending league regular-season champ Rhode on Saturday.

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