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HIGHLIGHTS: Kentucky commitment Jacob Toppin impresses as freshman at Rhode Island

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin is officially a Kentucky Wildcat, announcing his commitment to the program this afternoon.

But what do fans need to know about the 6-foot-8 forward originally out of Brooklyn, NY? Let his film do the talking.

Check out his updated freshman highlights – created by @GoCatsBreakdown on Twitter – below:

Not enough? You can see his senior highlights from high school below, as well:

In 30 games as a freshman at Rhode Island, the former three-star prospect in the class of 2019 averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per contest, including three starts.

Against high-quality competition, though, the newest Wildcat put forth solid performances, finishing in double figures against LSU (10), Alabama (11), and Richmond (12), who was expected to make the NCAA Tournament this past year.

Here is Toppin’s entire list of impressive performances and accolades in his debut season as a Ram, per Rhode Island Athletics:

  • Appeared in all 30 games, making three starts
  • Averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game
  • Started and scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists and hit the game-winning free throws with 6.6 seconds left in a 76-75 win at Fordham (2/27)
  • Scored five points and grabbed two rebounds at Davidson (2/22)
  • Had 12 points, two rebounds and one block against Saint Joseph’s (2/15)
  • Had four points and three rebounds at Dayton (2/11)
  • Had six points and four rebounds at George Washington (2/8)
  • Scored seven points and had four rebounds at St. Bonaventure (1/25)
  • Made his first career start and had nine points and four rebounds against Davidson (1/8)
  • Scored a career-high 12 points with eight rebounds against Richmond (1/5)
  • Had five points and five rebounds against Western Kentucky (12/21)
  • Scored five points and grabbed five rebounds against Providence (12/6)
  • Had five points and six rebounds at West Virginia (12/1)
  • Scored four points and grabbed three rebounds against Manhattan (11/27)
  • Had 10 points and three rebounds against LSU (11/24)
  • Scored 11 points and was 3-of-4 from 3-point range against Alabama (11/15)
  • Had six rebounds at Maryland (11/9)
  • Scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot in his collegiate debut against LIU (11/5)

Welcome to the family.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

10 Comments for HIGHLIGHTS: Kentucky commitment Jacob Toppin impresses as freshman at Rhode Island

  1. Larkin123
    7:21 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Great!! Keep them coming. When four out of five freshman tank in our final game of the tournament, we wont lose to K State Ect….

  2. IrishCat
    8:12 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    Smooth jumper

  3. MississippiBlue
    8:49 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    More excited after watching his highlight tape. He has a lot kid length for a perimeter player, and a smooth stoke to match. Even if he doesn’t contribute a lot this year he looks like a good peace for the future and a good addition to the practice room at the worst!

  4. BigBluSoTru
    9:15 pm April 16, 2020 Permalink

    This kid stats are better than any freshman in the country Cal does it again . the tweak is real i’m pumped for this pick up

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:27 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

      His stats are still better than yours when you get in a basement basketball game with the dog you had to give brain damage to to get it to stay.

    • desertCard
      7:47 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

      Thetruthshallsetbennyfree makes no sense at all

  5. dave1964
    7:18 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Has to be better than EJ welcome aboard.

  6. UKFanSC
    9:28 am April 17, 2020 Permalink

    I’m glad to have him don’t get me wrong …… but it’s a bit odd celebrating a 3 star transfer from Rhode Island, but maybe he’s a lot better that I’m expecting …..

    • EdC
      9:05 am April 18, 2020 Permalink

      Last year everybody celebrated a no star grad transfer. It’s where UK basketball is now unfortunately.

    3:32 pm April 18, 2020 Permalink

    With the talent at Kentucky around him drawing attn, he’ll get plenty of open looks. Like his stroke, p&r and p&p game as well. Also, like his motor. He could potentially shock everyone. I think we’ll be fine especially when Haarms signs with us. This team should be one of our best 3 pt shooting teams (I know, heard that before), but I honestly believe that. And Haarms can shoot too. Isaiah Jackson has similar game as well, but better and more bounce who can dribble and push break if need be. Only one idk can shoot or not is ware, but I heard he’s a dog on the boards and defense (he shutdown Evan Mobley in AAU last summer, who might go #1 in 2021 draft). I’m excited! Go Cats