November 23, 2020Signed a two-year, $9.97 million contract with the Knicks.
Obadiah Richard "Obi" Toppin was born Mar. 4, 1998 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Roni and Obadiah Toppin. Tobin has one sibling named Jacob. He was 6-foot-2 as a high school junior and has since grown to 6-foot-9. As a senior at Ossining High School in Ossining, New York, he averaged 20.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals. Toppin led that team to its first conference title in 10 years. For a postgraduate campaign, he enrolled at Mt. Zion Preparatory School in Baltimore, Maryland. Toppin then played college basketball at Dayton, where he studied media production. In 2020, as a redshirt sophomore, he was named National College Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American. Fans can follow Toppin on Twitter @obitoppin1.College/International Summary
Toppin played two seasons of collegiate ball at the University of Dayton, but saw a massive usage spike between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That, mixed with his prolific dunking ability, let to national attention and an eventual draft declaration as one of the league's top prospects. Toppin averaged 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists through 33 games (15 starts) as a freshman, but those marks improved to 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 31 games (all starts) as a sophomore. Toppin led the conference in field goals made (245) and field goal percentage (.633) en route to winning Atlantic Ten Player of the Year honors, but he wasn't done there. That sophomore season resulted in a full trophy case, as the consensus All-American was given Wooden Award honors, in addition to the Naismith and Karl Malone Awards. His team saw massive success as well, as the Flyers swept the Atlantic Ten conference and posted a 29-2 overall record. They were projected by many to get a No. 1 overall seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, but the Flyers' title hopes ended when the tournament was eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.