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Published: Sunday, May 12, 2019 @ 7:23 PM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers are in the mix for a 2019 recruit with a familiar last name.
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Jacob Toppin, the younger brother of Dayton forward Obi Toppin, listed Dayton among his final five choices Sunday. He took an official visit to UD on Thursday, according to a source.
Obi, who declared for the NBA Draft in April and has until May 29 to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to school, shared the news on Instagram. The other schools Jacob is considering are Rhode Island, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and St. John’s.
Jacob Toppin’s final five per his brother Obi’s Instagram: Dayton, Rhode Island, Oklahoma State, St. John’s and Virginia Tech. pic.twitter.com/BFi2EOEHYs— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 12, 2019
Jacob is a 6-foot-7 forward from Ossining, N.Y. He played for Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Conn., this past season.
Roni Toppin, Obi and Jacob’s mom, talked to Dayton Daily News columnist Tom Archdeacon in March about Jacob. She said at the time she didn’t know where Jacob would end up.
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"Remember how scrawny Obi was when he first came to Dayton?” Roni said. “Well, that's Jacob now. He's two years younger, so maybe he's on the same growth pattern as his brother. He's 6-7 and actually he may be a little stronger than Obi first was because he came from a school that had a good strength and conditioning program. Thanks to Obi, he' getting more recognition now. And when coaches ask me what I'm looking for for him, the first thing I say is 'I want him to have the perfect fit ... just like Obi found in Dayton.'"
Dayton has two scholarships open in 2019 after Jordan Davis and Frankie Policelli decided to transfer and will have two opening in 2020 with Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell playing their final seasons.
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Woodstock Academy Gold’s Jacob Toppin, who scored 24 points, talks about Monday’s 113-75 win over Rocktop Basketball pic.twitter.com/k7BfYkgDLK— Woodstock Athletics (@WAAthletics) February 18, 2019