Toppin scores 31 poitns in victory against North Florida.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Obi Toppin, Anthony Grant sweep top awards from USBWA

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The United States Basketball Writers Association named Obi Toppin the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player. Dayton’s Anthony Grant won the Henry Iba Award as the nation’s top coach.

The two won national awards from the Associated Press on Tuesday. Duke’s Vernon Carey joined Toppin and Grant as a big winner in the USBWA awards. He was named the nation’s top freshman.

"I would like to congratulate Obi Toppin, Vernon Carey and Anthony Grant as the winners of the USBWA's player, freshman and coach of the year awards." said USBWA President Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard in a press release. "Your seasons obviously didn't end the way any of us would have liked, but you are all still to be congratulated for having such outstanding seasons."

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According to the USBWA, “The Oscar Robertson Trophy, Henry Iba Award and Wayman Tisdale Award are voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is the nation's oldest award. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959 and was the consensus national player of the year as a sophomore in 1958, the year before the USBWA started giving its player of the year award. The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.”

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