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UK forward Jacob Toppin calls it a career, declaring for NBA Draft


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – University of Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin is hanging up the blue and white after three seasons.

On Friday, Toppin took to social media to confirm he is taking his talents to the 2023 NBA Draft.

“To Big Blue Nation, ever since I was a kid, it’s always been a dream of mine to play at the highest level of basketball. I came to Kentucky to chase that dream and in my time here, I’ve grown tremendously not only as a player but as a man.

“This place has taught me things that I will take with me for the rest of my life. For that, I want to thank my coaches and my teammates and most importantly the fans. Your support and passion are things I’ll never forget and I will carry with me. It has been a memorable time for me and Kentucky will forever hold a special place in my heart.

“I’ve loved my time here, but I’m ready to finally fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. With that being said I will be entering my name into the 2023 NBA Draft. Go Big Blue!” Toppin posted.

Toppin broke out and became a key contributor during his final season with Kentucky. He averaged 12.4 points per game along with 6.8 rebounds and played a career-high 31.4 minutes each game.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari showed his support and praise for Toppin as well.

“I’m excited for Jacob to take this next step of chasing his dream of becoming a professional player. Jacob has steadily improved every season and is ready for this next step. He has all of the tools to be successful in that league and is mentally prepared beyond measure to handle anything that comes his way.

Proud of you, kid!!”, Calipari wrote on social media.

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