Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin confirms plans for next season
One spot on the Kentucky men’s basketball roster was clarified for next season thanks to an Instagram response by Jacob Toppin.
Toppin was one of several Wildcats expected back for the 2021-22 season, but his latest response clears up any confusion. Toppin played 24 of 25 games for UK this past season, with 2 starts. The original plan was for him to redshirt this past season, but he ultimately became a key player off the bench for the Wildcats.
He averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds on the season, including 4 games in double-figure scoring.
His season may be most remembered for a career-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes at Vanderbilt.
As a recap since the season ended, Devin Askew, Dontaie Allen, and Lance Ware have all indicated they will be back next season. Meanwhile, Terrence Clarke and Brandon Boston Jr. both declared for the 2021 NBA Draft and will not return, while Isaiah Jackson plans to go through the draft process. Olivier Sarr is another departure not expected to take advantage of an additional year of eligibility.
A pair of remaining unknowns for next season’s roster are Davion Mintz and Keion Brooks, and their decisions will go a long way in shaping next year’s team.
Jacob Toppin confirms on IG that he is returning to UK pic.twitter.com/VzB870weAY
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 28, 2021