While we continue to hear about and watch summer workout tapes of Kentucky signees such as Devin Askew, BJ Boston, and Terrence Clarke, future Wildcat forward Jacob Toppin is making sure you remember he’s making his way to Lexington, as well.
Over the last few days, Toppin has been posting videos on his Instagram page, specifically highlighting his absolutely ridiculous leaping ability.
Earlier today, Toppin posted an alley-oop toss off the side of the backboard, which he windmilled and finished with his head above the rim:
On Monday, Toppin posted a video of a two-handed reversal with his head at the rim:
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.
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.
“I chose Kentucky because I wanted an environment that would challenge me to chase greatness on the court,” Toppin said upon signing with the Kentucky basketball program in April. “I love the fact that Coach Cal asked about my interests and goals as a player and told me that they would help me chase them. I love that the players that go there are about the team and winning, which is in line with what I’m about.
“I have heard so much about the Big Blue Nation and I’m excited to play for and be a part of that atmosphere. I am blessed and excited to begin my journey at Kentucky.”
“I’m really excited about the addition of Jacob,” John Calipari said at the time. “Not only is he a great athlete, he’s a tremendous kid. He has some experience, but he’s only scratched the surface of how good he can be. My hope is our culture brings out the best in him.
“Jacob wanted this challenge and wanted to be here. He understands what this culture is and what it isn’t. He’s talented, athletic and can shoot, plus he’s a terrific student and young man. He’s going to be an important part of this program. I can’t wait to coach him.”
Check out Toppin’s entire highlight montage from his time at Rhode Island: