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BREAKING: Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin commits to KENTUCKY

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John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff have pulled off yet another surprise.

This afternoon, Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin – brother of former Dayton superstar and National Player of the Year Obi Toppin – announced his commitment to the program, choosing the Wildcats over finalists Oregon and Iowa State.

Not long after, the Kentucky basketball program unofficially introduced Toppin into #LaFamilia, comparing the newest Wildcat to former UK forward Kevin Knox:

Toppin, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward originally out of Brooklyn, NY, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 30 games played as a freshman, including three starts.

On Monday, Toppin announced on Instagram that he will enter the transfer portal.

“I would like to start off by thanking the entire URI family,” Toppin wrote. “I also want to thank the coaching staff and players. This past year has been a great learning experience. After thoroughly thinking things through, I’ve decided that it is best for me to enter my name in the portal. This decision has nothing to do with anyone on the coaching staff. I feel moving forward, this is what is best for me. I wish everyone nothing but the best moving forward. Love you Rhody Nation.”

Now, Toppin will join Creighton point guard Davion Mintz as the newest transfers to commit to Kentucky, with Purdue center Matt Haarms also seen as a legitimate (and likely) possibility in the coming days.

As of today, Toppin will have to sit out a year as a traditional transfer, though the NCAA is still contemplating a potential one-time immediate eligibility transfer rule that would allow the 6-foot-8 forward to play right away. Last week, Kendall Rogers or reported that the NCAA Division I Council would discuss the one-time transfer waiver on April 24 before officially voting on the matter on May 20.

Though Jon Rothstein reported that the vote – originally set for June – was likely to pass, but not implemented until the 2021-22 season, Rogers is hearing the NCAA will ultimately decide to pass the rule immediately.

Whether he can play next season or must sit out, the long, athletic forward with solid versatility is expected to be a multi-year prospect with serious long-term potential, giving the Wildcats a strong depth piece as his game and body develop in Lexington.

Check out Toppin’s high school highlight tape below:

Welcome to the family, Mr. Toppin.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 Comments for BREAKING: Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin commits to KENTUCKY

  1. nocode96
    5:55 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Welcome big fella. Can’t wait to see mashbum and others tell us why this proves Cal sucks and how he’s the worst player in the history of Rhode Island.

  2. Park
    5:55 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Nice. Even if the NCAA does grant immediate transfer opportunity, that gives us 10 scholarship players for next year. Would still like to see Haarms or another body for the 5 spot.

  3. CrystalBall
    6:01 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Seems likely the NCAA will make a rule change and he will be eligible next season.

  4. wildcat1515
    6:10 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    They won’t change the rule now since we got a transfer.

    • Gogh Big Bleu
      7:33 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink


    • Han
      7:48 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yup, and they’ll deny him immediate eligibility despite letting Baker play immediately at Arizona and Green only miss 1 semester at Washington (though he then ended up sitting out the 2nd semester for a different reason).

    • EdC
      9:03 am April 18, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t think the NCAA, or really anybody for that matter, is going to be worried that UK got a 3 star transfer.

  5. spincr4hire
    6:12 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    But we won’t be playing until January at the earliest

    • ky1988
      7:28 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

      When football starts in September why won’t college basketball start until January

    • spincr4hire
      10:56 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

      Not if colleges aren’t back until January

  6. CrystalBall
    6:13 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    I just wire transferred the NCAA 25 bucks. We are in good shape. Piece of cake.

  7. BigBluSoTru
    6:32 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Great pick up Cal this is the missing piece for next years number 9. NBA draft already has this Topping kid ranked 15 on their big board for 2021 draft with an arrow shooting up . Cal has an eye for Nba potential he will likely be a lottery pick i would imagine. KSR says he is a Knox clone also. in Cal we trust does it again yhatzee!

    • bkeith75
      6:50 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Have you considered rooting for another school?

    • Bluehender
      7:09 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      Bigblu is tripping…put the crack pipe down

    • Fitz
      8:11 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      I think you have him confused with his older brother who was NPOY at Dayton. If he’s anywhere as good as his big brother we got a bargain.

  8. BigBluSoTru
    7:40 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    I mean geez we get a top 5 transfer and future NBA player and you guys are not happy. we could not have asked for a better player considering what we lost. When you get a transfer thats on NBA draft boards whats not too be happy about . With Toppin , Harms and Brooks no other team will have a better front court . I think this is the year 9 comes back to lex in Cal we trust god bless him

    • TonyMontana
      9:45 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

      I agree

    • dcforuk
      12:29 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

      You have to either be more sarcastic or more genuine as you are confusing those that don’t know you well enough.

  9. dave1964
    8:00 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Has to be better than EJ welcome aboard just need a center and should be good

  10. magimae
    9:52 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Haarms, come on down and join the BBN

  11. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:02 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Should Kentucky consider Tennessee as its Super Bowl since they can’t hardly ever beat them?

  12. Miller45
    3:56 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    The only condition is that he never shaves his mustache