Obi Toppin will soon start his NBA career with the New York Knicks. He’s not the only person in his family that plays basketball. His younger brother plays college basketball, and Obi had the opportunity to play against him. Jacob Toppin currently plays for the University of Kentucky. Before transferring to Kentucky, Jacob played at the University of Rhode Island.
Jacob will look to make an impact for Kentucky during the 2020-21 season.
Obi Toppin is setting a great example for his younger brother
As the older brother, Obi Toppin shows Jacob that you can be rewarded if you put in the hard work. In high school, Obi was not a sought after recruit. He attended four different schools before he entered college. At the end of his high school career, he did not receive one offer from a Division I school. After his senior year, he decided to attend a prep school in Maryland.
Obi continued to put in the work on the court, and offers from Division I schools started to come. He ended up choosing to attend the University of Dayton. During his time at Dayton, he established himself as one of the top players in college basketball. As a redshirt freshman, he was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and to the first team All-Atlantic 10.
The next year Obi continued to play at a high level and dominated on the court. Before the 2019-20 season was canceled due to COVID-19, he averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 31 games. Obi was one player that everyone wanted to watch. Dayton had a 29-2 record when the season was canceled, and they were predicted to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Obi’s performance allowed him to receive the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, the Karl Malone Award, and the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Award. He was also a consensus first-team All-American.
Jacob Toppin started his college career at Rhode Island
As a true freshman, Jacob Toppin appeared in all 30 games for Rhode Island during the 2019-20 season. He made three starts and finished the season averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward was a key player off the bench for a Rhode Island team that finished the season with a 21-9 record and were looking to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Rhode Island is in the same conference as Dayton, so Jacob had the opportunity to play against his older brother. In the first matchup of the season, Dayton dominated Rhode Island and won 81-67. Obi finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacob finished with four points and three rebounds. Dayton got the best of Rhode Island during the second matchup of the season, winning 84-57. Obi had another impressive performance, finishing with 20 points, and Jacob had five points and seven rebounds.
Jacob Toppin looking to be a key player for Kentucky
After the 2019-20 season, Obi declared for the NBA draft and was the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft to the New York Knicks. Jacob decided to transfer to powerhouse Kentucky. He immediately became eligible to play at the start of the 2020-21 season. In an article from the courier-journal.com, Kentucky coach John Calipari weighed in on Jacob’s skillset.
“He is going to be a good player,” Calipari said during a Zoom news conference. “He is a little bit physically not there yet, but he’s smart, he’s long, he’s athletic, he’s quick and fast. Skills are good. Need to get better, but they’re good. So yeah, he’s a terrific addition.” Jacob will look to provide key minutes coming off the bench for a young Kentucky team. He is a talented player who needs to continue to work on his game if he wants to follow in his brother’s footsteps and make it to the NBA.