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Former Thunder assistant Anthony Grant named AP Coach of the Year

Former Thunder assistant Anthony Grant was named AP Coach of the Year on Tuesday after guiding Dayton to a 29-2 record that could have earned the Flyers a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

Grant spent two seasons on the Thunder staff from 2015-17. His relationship with Billy Donovan dates back to Florida, where Grant spent 10 seasons as Donovan's assistant. 

Grant is 64-31 in three seasons at Dayton, his alma mater. Grant received 30 of the 65 votes to win the award. Baylor coach Scott Drew finished second. 

Dayton forward Obi Toppin was named AP National Player of the Year. The sophomore averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Toppin is a projected lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 

Grant and Toppin are the first duo from the same school to win the awards since Phil Martelli and Jameer Nelson did so at St. Joseph's in 2004. 

"In the 31 games that we played, our guys did a heck of a job of playing consistent and taking advantage of the opportunities that were in front of us," Grant said in a release. "What we did accomplish in the shortened season is something I think that hopefully will be remembered." 

The NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. 

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FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Dayton head coach Anthony Grant celebrates with Obi Toppin, left, and Jalen Crutcher, bottom right, after their win in an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington, in Dayton, Ohio. Toppin and Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. Toppin was voted the AP men's college basketball player of the year, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Grant is the AP coach of the year. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble, File)

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Dayton head coach Anthony Grant celebrates with Obi Toppin, left, and Jalen Crutcher, bottom right, after their win in an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington, in Dayton, Ohio. Toppin and Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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