Obi Toppin, Luka Garza Headline 2020 AP All-America 1st-Team

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2020

Dayton's Obi Toppin (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rhode Island Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Kingston, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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The Associated Press released its All-America First Team for the 2019-20 men's college basketball season Friday, headlined by Dayton forward Obi Toppin and Iowa center Luka Garza.

According to the AP, Toppin was the only unanimous selection, and he was joined on the team by Garza, Marquette guard Markus Howard, Seton Hall guard Myles Powell and Oregon guard Payton Pritchard.

The Associated Press named the All-America First Team after the 2020 NCAA tournament and most conference tournaments were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After putting up huge numbers during the 2019-20 campaign, Toppin and Garza are widely viewed as the top two contenders to be named the Naismith College Player of the Year.

Toppin broke out in a big way during his sophomore season, averaging 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 63.3 percent from the field. Toppin also helped lead Dayton to a 29-2 record and the No. 3 ranking in the country.

Like Toppin, Garza took a huge leap forward compared to the previous season. The 6'11" junior averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest for a Hawkeyes team that went 20-11, ranked 25th in the nation and was likely to earn an NCAA tournament berth.

After averaging an impressive 25.0 points per game as a junior last season, Howard became the unquestioned top scorer in college basketball as a senior, leading the nation with 27.8 points per game to go along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

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Powell also thrived during his senior campaign with 21.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest for a Pirates team that went 21-9 and ranked 15th in the nation.

Pritchard was a senior in 2019-20 as well, and he enjoyed what was by far the best season of his collegiate career with averages of 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

In addition to the All-America First Team, the AP also named the Second and Third Teams for the 2019-20 season.

The Second Team is comprised of Kansas teammates Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike, San Diego State's Malachi Flynn, Michigan State's Cassius Winston and Duke's Vernon Carey Jr.

Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev, Louisville's Jordan Nwora, Duke's Tre Jones, Maryland's Jalen Smith and Baylor's Jared Butler make up the Third Team.

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