There you have it: Jacob Toppin is a Cat (again). The two-year Kentucky basketball player has announced he is returning to school for a third go-around and his senior season of college basketball.
"What’s up Big Blue Nation, this is Jacob here. First off I wanna start by thanking God because without him I wouldn’t be in this position I’m in today. I want to thank my family, the coaching staff, my teammates and everyone along this journey who's helped me. And most importantly, I want to thank the best fans in the country, Big Blue Nation. Without you guys I don’t know where I would be. With that being said, I miss you guys. Let’s run it back one more year. Go Big Blue," said Jacob in his post Tuesday.
Last season with Kentucky, Jacob Toppin averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds through 29 games as a junior, averaging 17.7 minutes a night. He battled an ankle injury, which resulted in missing 5 games total in the middle of the season. He also scored in double figures in seven different games and averaged a career-high in scoring, blocks, assists, field-goal percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage through the entire year.
Arguably his best three games as a junior came at LSU with (season-highs) 14 points and 8 rebounds, followed by 12 points and (career-high) 6 assists against Western Kentucky, as well as his 7 point, 5 rebound and 3 assist performance versus' North Carolina.
Not to mention his near endless highlight reel of dunks and blocks recorded throughout the year that were exciting as hell. To bring back such a freak athlete, with this amount of experience, is huge for the Wildcats. I believe it is more important than many realize. After hearing reportedly great feedback from NBA scouts and executives, Jacob Toppin seems to be lining up what will be a huge senior year. Let's run it back.