Jacob Toppin Signs With URI, Joins Incoming 2019-2020 Class

University of Rhode Island Press Release

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island head coach David Cox announced that Jacob Toppin has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the program for the 2019-20 season.

Toppin, a 6-7 forward from Ossining, N.Y. spent a post-graduate season playing for nationally-ranked Woodstock Academy.

“Jacob is a big time shooter with great size and length to go with a tremendous skillset,” Cox said. “This is a young man with a high IQ who comes in with a strong basketball pedigree. Jacob has a high ceiling with the potential to have a tremendous impact on our program.”

Rhode Island beat out several quality programs to land Toppin. Earlier in the week on social media, he announced his final five had be trimmed to Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Virginia Tech, Dayton and the Rams.

Toppin’s older brother Obi starred at Dayton last season as a redshirt freshman, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds while earning Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference honors as well as the league’s Rookie of the Year. He was the first freshman in 20 years to be named to the league’s first team. Obi Toppin declared for the NBA draft after the season.

Jacob Toppin will be with Rhode Island when the team returns for the start of summer session. He joins forwards Marial Mading and Mekhi Long, as well as guard Gregory Hammond as part of the 2019-20 class. The Rams also have added transfers Antwan Walker – a redshirt sophomore forward from Georgetown – and Jeremy Sheppard – a junior guard from the College of Central Florida for this season.