Toppin the Class: Kentucky adds Younger Brother of Wooden Award winner


Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the game against Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-66 clinching the SEC regular season title. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Braden Ramsey

John Calipari is well on his way to replenishing his roster. 

Jacob Toppin, the younger brother of 2020 John R. Wooden Award winner Obi Toppin, announced via Twitter earlier this evening that he will be transferring to Kentucky. 

Kentucky was one of his final three schools, along with Oregon and Iowa State, that he listed earlier in the week. The Kentucky Men’s Basketball account retweeted Toppin’s post, but has not yet posted its customary tweet for new additions. 

Toppin shared the Atlantic Ten Conference with his older brother last season as a member of Rhode Island. The 6-foot-8 freshman played in all 30 games for the Rams, averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

He will have to sit out the 2020-2021 season due to current NCAA rules, but could potentially apply for immediate eligibility. 

This story will be updated as official statements come forward from Kentucky men’s basketball and those associated.