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Jacob Toppin is a certified ‘hoops junkie’ going into year two at UK: “He’s a very special player.”

Back in 2013, New York skills trainer David Zenon had five dollars to his name. Rather than giving up on his dream of working in basketball and helping others better themselves on the floor, he used those five dollars to put gas in his car and train a player. It was a training session that led to a job with the Westchester Knicks – the New York Knicks’ NBA G League affiliate – as a shot clock operator, a gig that introduced him to various agents and players at the professional level and opened the door for other training opportunities to not only keep his dream alive, but push it to reality.