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:
Waiver Watch 2020 just got a little more interesting.