So who’s going to fill URI’s final open scholarship for 2017-18? Here’s another possible candidate: 2017 forward Obadiah Toppin.
The recruiting news continues to roll in for the Rhode Island Rams as they’re still looking to fill one scholarship for their 2017-18 class. And the type of player they’re looking for is pretty clear at this point. Rhody is looking for a front-court player to either replace or add depth to the hole left by Kuran Iverson. Oh, and they’re looking for someone who can contribute right away.
Well, good news. 2017 forward Obadiah Toppin fits that mold. And per a report, Dan Hurley has URI in the mix.
Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley is expected in today for 2017 Mt. Zion big man Obadiah Toppin, per source
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 7, 2017
Toppin is a 6’9″, 200-pound forward out of Ossining, New York. The big man is currently attending Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, and his recruitment is blowing up as of late. Toppin holds offers from Illinois, Mississippi State, Georgia, St. Bonaventure, and a host of others. And although the late rush is sometimes indicative of a player who might be a “project”, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to Toppin.
More than a few recruiting sites and tweets describe Obadiah as a wing who can score from both inside and outside. Yep, despite being 6’9″, Toppin was a guard previously, and he can still hit from downtown. His weight leaves some question marks about whether he can bang in the paint at this level, but other than that, he certainly seems to fit the mold that Hurley and Co. are targeting.
Yes, this video is from a dunk contest. No, we don’t care, because it’s awesome. Check out Toppin below.
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