Jacob Toppin, the younger brother of reigning National Player of the Year Obi Toppin, announced back in April that he is transferring from Rhode Island to Kentucky. However, Wildcats fans are not going to get to see him play during the upcoming season.
Toppin is planning to sit out the 2020-21 season, Chris Fisher of CatsPause.com reports. The 6-foot-7 forward would need an eligibility waiver to play, and he doesn’t really have a case that he should be granted one under current transfer rules.
The younger Toppin averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 30 games for Rhode Island last season. He will still be able to practice with Kentucky even if he does sit out.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been active on the transfer market in recent years. The Wildcats also added All-ACC former Wake Forest star Olivier Sarr, who is seeking an eligibility waiver to be able to play this season. The Wildcats lost a big transfer earlier this year, so they are hoping Sarr can contribute right away with Toppin now sitting out.
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