UGA Tries to Get JoJo Toppin Before Signing Week Ends

JoJo Toppin is in Athens for an Official Visit as Mark Fox tries to get Toppin on board before November 15.

JoJo Toppin has been very actively courted by the Georgia staff in the wake of the Nolley-calypse.  Toppin made a last-second Official Visit to UGA starting yesterday and he remains in Athens today (Sunday).  Fox would like to add Toppin to the Class of 2018 to join Amanze Ngumezi.  Getting two out of three recruits in the Class of 2018 would make it rather easy for Mark Fox to focus in on landing Point Guard Will Richardson in the Spring.

Toppin is a 6’6″ 180 pound Swingman from Norcross High School and he is good friends with Rayshaun Hammonds.  Toppin was the sixth man for the Norcross High School Basketball Team last season and now will emerge as a starter with an even larger role.  Toppin’s stock rose during the Summer in AAU action with the Atlanta Celtics on the Adidas circuit.

Toppin can attack the basket, use his length on defense, grab rebounds and play with energy.  Toppin’s weakness is his shooting ability, he’s a poor perimeter shooter who is rather average at the Free Throw Line.

Toppin will immediately draw comparisons to Travis Leslie, but he has a more advanced ability to handle the basketball than Leslie at this stage.  Toppin’s length would make Georgia’s defense even scarier as far as the length is concerned.  Toppin would seemingly take Juwan Parker’s spot should he sign with UGA and this would be a massive upgrade in size and length.

Toppin would also be another left hander on the roster should he sign with Georgia and it is becoming apparent that Mark Fox likes to have a disproportionate number of left handed guys on his teams.

Here is JoJo Toppin and his teammate Dalvin White going through some drills at Norcross High School.

If Toppin chooses to go to Georgia, next season’s team will easily be the most athletic team to ever play in Athens.  Toppin is going to get his first High School season of action where he is handed the keys and if his AAU play is an indication, he is ready.  Toppin scored as much as E.J. Montgomery and blocked as many shots as well.  Toppin not being a big guy playing in the paint was not able to get as many rebounds, but he made an impression in this aspect as well.

Toppin has a lot of upside based on his natural characteristics and athleticism, but his ability to take things to the next level depends upon the following.

  1. Getting used to defending at a higher level.  He does tend to foul a bit more than one would like.
  2. Improving his perimeter and Free Throw shooting.  This is his biggest weakness.
  3. Improving ball handling and decision making.  This could be a matter of experience.
  4. Gaining more strength and weight.

Experience in a greater role will speed up his developmental process.  Toppin could be considered a project now, but he may not be a project by the Spring.  There’s a lot to like with Joseph “JoJo” Toppin and the time between now and when he starts College Basketball could be critical.