- Jacob Toppin
- Hometown (Last School)
- Brooklyn, NY (Woodstock Academy)
- 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23
- May 8, 2000
Jacob Toppin was born May 8, 2000, in Brooklyn, New York to Roni and Obadiah Toppin. He has a brother, Obi, who was the consensus National Player of the Year in 2020 for Dayton.
In high school, Toppin averaged 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Woodstock Academy his senior season. He was an unranked prospect who received his first offer six months before signing a national letter of intent.
As a freshman at Rhode Island, Toppin appeared in all 30 games, making three starts. He was an immediate contributor for a Rhode Island team that went 21-9 on the season and finished 13-5 in the Atlantic 10. Toppin averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and scored in double figures five times. He showed an ability to stretch the floor with 13 3-pointers.
As a sophomore at Kentucky, Toppin was a Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll member. He appeared in 24 of 25 games with two starts. Toppin was originally slated to redshirt in 2020-21, but became a key player off the bench for the Wildcats, impacting the game in key spurts in the scoring column and on the boards. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds on the season and had four games in double-figure scoring. Toppin made a greater impact as the season progressed, averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes over the final seven regular-season games. He came up with a career-high three steals in addition to five boards at Ole Miss and scored 11 points in 21 minutes in the home loss to Florida. Toppin recorded a career-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes at Vanderbilt. He totaled five points and a season-high seven rebounds in the home victory against Auburn. Toppin provided a spark in the loss at Auburn with 10 points and six rebounds. He went for 10 points and six rebounds in the narrow loss at rival Louisville.
As a junior at Kentucky, Toppin was named to the Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll. He saw action in 29 games and made four starts in his second season with the Wildcats. Toppin averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 17.7 minutes but missed five games due to injury. He scored in double figures in seven games. Toppin had career highs in scoring, blocks, assists, field-goal percentage, and 3-point field-goal percentage. Toppin averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game over his final seven games of the regular season. He tallied nine points with a trio of dunks and three points from the charity stripe against Saint Peter’s in the NCAA Tournament. Toppin had 13 points, six boards, and three assists in a career-high 40 minutes in the home victory over Alabama. He had season-highs with 14 points and eight rebounds at LSU. Toppin notched 12 points and a career-high six assists in the win over Western Kentucky.
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