Jacob Toppin

6-9, 205 Power Forward
Kentucky Senior
Birthday
05/08/00 (23.8 yrs)
Hometown
Brooklyn, NY
High School
Woodstock Academy
Team Site Profile
Athleticism
9
Size
8
Defense
6
Strength
6
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Rebounding
7
Potential
8
Post Skills
6
Intangibles
7
86 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Juan Toscano-Anderson

Strengths: Super athletic forward that can jump out of the gym, max vert has been measured at 45 inches (UK Combine) … Has a really good midrange game that he can get to through catch and shoot, one and two dribble pullups, turnaround fadeaways, and face up situations … His fadeaway jumpers are extremely difficult to contest due to his elevation, release point, and length … Gets his feet set very quickly on his pullup jumpers, allowing him to get shots up quickly … Is able to put the ball on the floor and drive for layups, dunks, and floaters … Didn’t play it much at Kentucky, but could be a ball handling forward option at the next level … Doesn’t force a lot of shots and is a willing ball mover … Is comfortable taking shots from different release angles, making him more difficult to defend. Uses long frame and solid (albeit inconsistent) footwork to get shots up and over defenders in the post. Elevation when going up for dunks is elite. Is a good lob thrower for a frontcourt player, could really excel paired with another athletic big … Can occasionally explode for rebounds … Never gives up in transition, and can have some great chase down blocks to save baskets for his team … Despite being older, his elite athleticism gives him a chance to develop as a late bloomer …

Weaknesses: The difference between his highlights and his actual game film are night and day … Feel for the game is questionable considering his age and efficiency … He doesn’t use his vertical to his advantage as much as you would like … His thin frame can cause problems for him on both ends of the court … Offensively, he can be pushed by stronger players which can throw off his footwork and lead to turnovers or bad shots … Defensively, stronger players can dislodge him and put him in bad position on a fairly regular basis … For somebody of his athletic profile, he struggles at times to convert layups and dunks at the rim … Can be a streaky shooter, only shot 28.9% on 1.2 three-point attempts per game over his college career … Doesn’t provide a lot of turnover creation or shot blocking in the half court (.5 blocks and steals per game this year) … Needs to learn to play with more intensity and competitiveness …Can disappear for games at a time … Has a low assist to turnover ratio (2.2:1.5) for someone with his skill set. … Born in May of 2000, so he’s already 23 years old limiting his potential …

Outlook: Ultimately, Toppin projects as a bit of a niche player to begin his career … He should benefit from the added spacing at the NBA level, which could allow him to show off his athleticism more while also attacking the midrange game … He will need to become a better screener to be better used in pick and roll, pick and pop sets more often, but could find a role off the bench … His range could eventually extend to NBA range, but it’s not there yet … It’s likely he goes undrafted, but could make a team either out of camp or once the season begins and it wouldn’t be a surprise … With hard work could be a player that makes it in the NBA after paying his dues at the G League or European level …

 

Eric Yearian 6/2/23

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