Former OKC Thunder Assistant Coach Anthony Grant led his Dayton team to an unbelievable and historic season, resulting in him winning AP Coach of the year.
Anthony Grant, former OKC Thunder Assistant Coach has received top honors. He was named National Coach of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association and Associated Press.
The current coach of the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team also received the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the year.
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Grant who was part of the OKC Thunder staff from 2015-17, led Dayton to 29 wins and only 2 losses this season. They set the new school record for victories in a season, passing the 1951-52 team that won 28 games.
Their 25 point victory over the George Washington Colonials in early March saw them become Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season champions.
It was a remarkable run for Grant and his team. Dayton’s sophomore Obi Toppin who has declared for the NBA draft clinched the Oscar Robertson Trophy for the National Player of the Year. By virtue of this award Toppin has vaulted up draft boards.
It’s been celebration all around for the University of Dayton and it looks like it will only continue and deservedly so.
Grant is up for the Wooden and Naismith Coach of the year awards and Toppin is nominated for the Naismith, Wooden and Karl Malone Award for the best player in the forward position.
He is on his way to being a lottery pick in the 2020 draft and is currently projected by Bleacher Report to be selected 11th by the San Antonio Spurs.
The top talent averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists throughout the season. He’s going to be an exciting player to look out for and it will be interesting to see where he goes.
As for the OKC Thunder organization, they will be ecstatic and very proud of Grant and his prestigious achievements.