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Kentucky pursuing immediate eligibility for Jacob Toppin

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Turns out Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin could play this season after all. This morning, UK sent out its preseason prospectus, which notes that the program has not only requested a waiver for Olivier Sarr, but also for Toppin, who had previously planned to sit out this season.

“UK added Wake Forest forward Olivier Sarr, Creighton guard Davion Mintz and Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin. Mintz will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer. Sarr, a senior, and Toppin, who will be a sophomore, are currently ineligible for the 2020-21 season due to transfer rules, although waivers have been sent for immediate eligibility for both.”

Well, well, well. Toppin, the brother of former Dayton star Obi Toppin, transferred to Kentucky in April. The 6’9″ forward scored in double figures five times in his freshman season, highlighted by 12 points and eight rebounds vs. Richmond and 12 points in 11 minutes vs. Saint Joseph’s. He also performed well vs. Alabama and LSU, scoring 11 points and 10, respectively. Like his brother, he has great length and athleticism. In fact, in this video, you can see Jacob windmill dunk over Obi, the consensus national player of the year in 2019-20:

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Waiver Watch 2020 just got a little more interesting.

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13 Comments for Kentucky pursuing immediate eligibility for Jacob Toppin

  1. BigBluSoTru
    10:14 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    OMG the the two missing pieces for #9 . It’s on now Calipari does it again god bless Cal. I’m too hyped i cant sleep going to get in line today for BB madness tickets .

  2. IrishCat
    10:18 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds like optimism is fading for Sarr? Hope I’m wrong. #freeolivier

  3. JohnnyCat
    10:28 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    The NBA is moving toward small ball…perhaps UK will be forced to follow suit. Although it really isn’t small ball when your starting lineup likely goes 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 6-7 without Sarr.

  4. BigBluSoTru
    10:42 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Sarr has been approved just waiting on SEC clearance per James Strebleaseaofblue that has been done also. He stated he just doesnt know why its not announced. Expect Sarr announcement by tomorrow i suspect.

    • 2Dogs
      11:41 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

      You have been approved for a straitjacket.

  5. Han
    11:04 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t think this is related at all to any worry about Sarr’s eligibility.

    This is definitely about the expectation that they’ll give Winter athletes a free season of eligibility like they’ve done with Fall sports.

    No point in redshirting Toppin if he can be eligible without losing a year. Then you can play him in garbage time every game, if you have injuries or people out for positive Covid tests, or if he shows he’s ready to play and contribute.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:15 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

      I agree. There is no downside to going ahead and applying for immediate eligibility, so it makes sense to me that they would have done this.

    • IrishCat
      2:04 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

      Great point. I’m excited to see Toppin play, personally.

  6. Wildfelinebeeline
    11:33 am October 8, 2020 Permalink

    #FreeOlivier #FreeJacob. Go Cats!

  7. StuckinLville
    12:08 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    If the SEC approved Gatewood in football, no reason not to approve this guys. If they don’t, can you say conspiracy?

  8. michaelb
    12:19 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Oh ok , bouncy fella

  9. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    2:37 pm October 8, 2020 Permalink

    Never heard of him.