Officially Signed: JT Toppin

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech head coach Grant McCasland has officially announced the signing of JT Toppin who transfers after earning 2023-24 Mountain West Freshman of the Year and All-Mountain West Second Team honors last season while playing for New Mexico and participating in the NBA Draft Combine. A Dallas, Texas native, Toppin was a starter in 36 games as a freshman where he averaged 12.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He officially withdrew from the NBA Draft and signed with Texas Tech on Tuesday.

 

“I can’t wait to show Red Raider Nation the energy and hard work I bring to every game,” Toppin said. “I look forward to getting to Lubbock and helping the team win.”

Toppin was the top freshman in the nation by shooting 62.3 percent from the field and with 12 double-doubles. Within Mountain West Conference play, Toppin averaged 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the Lobos who advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mountain West Tournament. In the MWC Tournament championship game, Toppin provided a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win over San Diego State and would have 10 rebounds and six points in a loss to Clemson in the first round of the national tournament.

He is the second consecutive Mountain West Freshman of the Year to sign with the Red Raiders to play their sophomore season, following Darrion Williams who earned the award at Nevada before earning All-Big 12 honors at Tech where he averaged 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Listed as a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward during his freshman season at UNM, Toppin led the Mountain West in rebounds, including 3.7 offensive rebounds per game and finished the season with 445 total points and 326 rebounds. Toppin scored a season high 27 points against Toledo after going 11-for-12 from the field and posted a double-double against San Diego State in the regular season with 17 points and 16 rebounds (nine offensive). He also had a 23-point, 13 rebound double-double against Air Force and would be named to the All-Mountain West Tournament Team after his performance against San Diego State in the championship game.

Toppin was a nine-time Mountain West Freshman of the Week selection and was a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year which is presented by collegeinsider.com.
Toppin played at Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff in high school where he helped lead his team to the Class 4A State Championship. He earned Class 4A All-State honors and was named the Class 4A Player of the Year. Toppin was a four-star recruit in the ESPN and 247Sports ratings. He played for Team Trae Young.

Toppin is the sixth player to sign with the Red Raiders this offseason, following Christian Anderson, Leon Horner III, Elijah Hawkins, Federiko Federiko and Kevin Overton. Hawkins signed after playing his junior season at Minnesota where he averaged 7.5 assists per game. Overton played his freshman season at Drake, while Federiko played the past two seasons at Pitt. Anderson and Horner are high school signees in this summer’s class.

The Red Raiders are coming off a season where they advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished tied for third in the Big 12 standings in McCasland’s first season leading the program. The Red Raiders were 15-2 at home, reached the Big 12 Championship semifinals and earned a trip to the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Tech finished the season with a 23-11 overall record – the 17th time in program history with 20 or more wins and its postseason berth was the sixth time in eight tournaments to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

 

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