ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Rob Lanier announced Wednesday that Georgia forward JoJo Toppin has announced he will be transferring to play for the Panthers. After sitting the 2019-20 season per NCAA transfer rules, Toppin will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Toppin becomes the first signee for Lanier who was announced as Georgia State’s new head coach in April.
In limited action as a freshman, the Norcross High School grad scored 25 points in just 99 minutes of play. He shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line and collected 13 rebounds in just 18 games.
“We look forward to welcoming JoJo to Georgia State,” Lanier said. “While I was at Tennessee, we recruited JoJo as someone who we thought could make a real impact for us. I still believe that same thing here at Georgia State and looking forward to having him on the court in a Panther uniform.”
Coming out of high school, Toppin was ranked as the No. 14 prospect in Georgia and was tabbed honorable mention All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior. He helped lead Norcross to a combined 54-10 record during his junior and senior seasons and back-to-back appearances in the championship game of the Class AAAAAAA state tournament.
As a senior, he averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while helping Norcross to a 28-4 record. As a junior Toppin averaged 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game and was voted second-team All-Region.
While at Georgia, he played a season-high 15 minutes against Georgia State in the third-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic scoring one point and grabbing a pair of rebounds.
He scored a season-high six points against Kennesaw State on Nov. 27, going 3-of-3 from the floor in just nine minutes and tied that mark with six points in just 10 minutes against Missouri on March 6.
Georgia State is expected to make multiple additions to the team this week.
Summer practice for the Panthers will start next week.