Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin picks Kentucky over two other schools

Rhode Island’s Jacob Toppin scores against Dayton on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Rhode Island’s Jacob Toppin scores against Dayton on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Obi’s younger brother leaves A-10 after one season

Jacob Toppin committed to the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday two days after entering the transfer portal.

Toppin, the younger brother of Dayton Flyers star Obi Toppin, announced Monday he was leaving Rhode Island after one season. Dayton fans immediately started speculating about whether Jacob would transfer to Dayton, but the Atlantic 10 Conference has a rule that would have made that unlikely.

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“In the sport of basketball, an undergraduate student-athlete who transfers directly from one member to another shall be ineligible for a period of two years,” the rule reads. “An appeal of this regulation to the directors of athletics may be requested by the member at which the student wishes to attend.”

Toppin narrowed his list Wednesday to Kentucky, Iowa State and Oregon. He’ll join a Kentucky program that finished 25-6 last season.

Toppin, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 30 games. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining. He’s the fourth player to leave Rhode Island since the end of the season, following freshman forward Mekhi Long, freshman guard Gregory Hammond and sophomore guard Tyrese Martin.

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