Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:36 AM EST
By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks selected Obi Toppin with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, bringing the national player of the year back to his hometown. Toppin ended a remarkable ride from unheralded prospect to the top of college basketball by leading Dayton to a 29-2 record as a sophomore. He averaged 20 points and shot 63.3% from the field en route to being a unanimous All-America selection. The Knicks made him their first pick under the new leadership of President Leon Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau.