The New York Knicks landed the biggest star in college basketball last season by picking Dayton’s Obi Toppin as the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday.
Toppin, who was born in Brooklyn, broke down in tears when he learned he would be an NBA lottery pick.
The 6-foot, 9-inch forward swept NCAA post season honors this past season, which included being named National Player of the Year, Naismith award winner, and Wooden award winner, following his stellar season at Dayton.
Still, there are questions concerning Toppin’s defensive weaknesses. Some pundits believe he has the athleticism and work ethic to overcome any of those liabilities. Some others just believe the Knicks needed a point guard instead.
Toppin is the type of player who could electrify the crowd at Madison Square Garden and restore some tension to the Knicks, a team that has been in the doldrums for a little while now.