Kentucky released its basketball prospectus for the upcoming 2020-21 season Thursday morning, and it included a little surprise.
UK has sent in a transfer waiver request for sophomore Jacob Toppin, who joined the Wildcats’ program earlier this year after playing one season at Rhode Island. It was announced when Toppin transferred to Kentucky that he would sit out the upcoming season as a traditional transfer and then have three years of playing eligibility beginning with the 2021-22 campaign.
Those plans have apparently changed. If he’s cleared to play, Toppin — listed at 6-foot-9 and 187 pounds — could offer the Cats a little more size this season, especially if star transfer Olivier Sarr is not granted immediate eligibility by the Southeastern Conference.
Toppin, the younger brother of national player of the year Obi Toppin, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman at Rhode Island last season. Though he needs to add strength and continue to round out his skill set, Toppin is seen as a high-upside player with incredible athleticism for the forward position.
There is no timetable for a final decision on the immediate eligibility of Toppin or Sarr. Both players have been practicing with UK’s team for the past few months.