Jacob Toppin, CJ Fredrick Headline Top Performers at 2021 Kentucky Big Blue Madness

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIOctober 16, 2021

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, center, instructs his team during an NCAA college basketball open house practice in Lexington, Ky., Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
AP Photo/James Crisp

Big Blue Madness went down Friday evening at Rupp Arena as the 2021-22 Kentucky women's and men's basketball teams were introduced to the Wildcats faithful.

Friday marked the 16th edition of the electric event, which features practices, drills, videos, speeches and more.

UK got the crowd going with this introduction hype video:

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/KentuckyMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KentuckyMBB</a>'s Big Blue Madness intro video 🤩 <a href="https://t.co/LbRjO1c6UQ">pic.twitter.com/LbRjO1c6UQ</a>

Women's hoops head coach Kyra Elzy made her entrance from the rafters:

Kentucky WBB @KentuckyWBB

Now THAT'S an entrance! <a href="https://twitter.com/UKCoachLZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UKCoachLZ</a> from the roof, just for you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBN</a>!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBM21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBM21</a> <a href="https://t.co/RXmm0jNH5X">pic.twitter.com/RXmm0jNH5X</a>

She walked onto the court with her son, Jackson, who took the time to show off his dance moves:

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Y’all, look who stole the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBM21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBM21</a> show!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreUK?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeAreUK</a> <br><br>👀 <a href="https://twitter.com/UKCoachLZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UKCoachLZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/iNrZAehF2e">pic.twitter.com/iNrZAehF2e</a>

Men's hoops coach John Calipari spoke to a packed house:

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🗣 "As we tip off the new season, we remind everyone what separates Kentucky from everyone else … it’s YOU.”<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBM21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBM21</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UKCoachCalipari</a> <br><br>📺 <a href="https://twitter.com/SECNetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SECNetwork</a> <a href="https://t.co/hzdfBUrc2E">pic.twitter.com/hzdfBUrc2E</a>

Calipari also honored former Wildcat guard Terrence Clarke, who died in a car crash last April:

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Coach Cal honors Terrence Clarke and his family 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/ZeH8TqvxIb">pic.twitter.com/ZeH8TqvxIb</a>

The 19-year-old Clarke was in Los Angeles getting ready for the 2021 NBA draft.

Matt Jones @KySportsRadio

Awesome gesture by Calipari and UK Basketball to honor Terrence Clarke like this

Bobby Reagan @BarstoolReags

Kentucky players just gave Terrence Clarke’s family his own dedicated sneakers. Long live T Clarke man. <a href="https://t.co/SaTOihg8G5">pic.twitter.com/SaTOihg8G5</a>

Later in the evening, Blair Green won the women's three-point shooting contest over Rhyne Howard:

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These two are something special, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBN</a>!<a href="https://twitter.com/greenblair32?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@greenblair32</a> edges <a href="https://twitter.com/howard_rhyne?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@howard_rhyne</a> in the 3-point contest at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBM21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBM21</a>. <a href="https://t.co/s8WzBnFps9">pic.twitter.com/s8WzBnFps9</a>

On the men's side, CJ Fredrick defeated TyTy Washington, who was exceptional in his own right, per Jack Pilgrim of Kentucky Sports Radio:

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TyTy Washington had 25 points in the first round. First time seeing him lose a 3-point contest in three tries. <br><br>Make no mistake about it: That kid can shoot, too. <a href="https://t.co/x9gxbC9hvf">https://t.co/x9gxbC9hvf</a>

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Looking good in blue, <a href="https://twitter.com/cj_fredrick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cj_fredrick</a> 😼 <a href="https://t.co/vYJv8f8Cdi">pic.twitter.com/vYJv8f8Cdi</a>

Jacob Toppin destroyed the dunk contest with some 50-point slams:

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/Jtoppin0?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jtoppin0</a> put up back-to-back 5️⃣0️⃣s in the <a href="https://twitter.com/KentuckyMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KentuckyMBB</a> dunk contest 🤯 <a href="https://t.co/ViYUFEqXE7">pic.twitter.com/ViYUFEqXE7</a>

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🐰🔝 <a href="https://twitter.com/Jtoppin0?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jtoppin0</a> <a href="https://t.co/I8UXqIRFyv">pic.twitter.com/I8UXqIRFyv</a>

Daimion Collins jumped over teammate Oscar Tshiebwe for another 50:

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HE JUMPED OVER HIM 😱 <a href="https://twitter.com/KentuckyMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KentuckyMBB</a><a href="https://twitter.com/CollinsDaimion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CollinsDaimion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Oscartshiebwe34?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Oscartshiebwe34</a> <a href="https://t.co/76TCavrSQK">pic.twitter.com/76TCavrSQK</a>

Toppin was just sensational, though:

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Air Toppin 🤩<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBM21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBM21</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/Jtoppin0?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jtoppin0</a> <a href="https://t.co/XDQTqy10xh">pic.twitter.com/XDQTqy10xh</a>

Both Wildcats teams will begin their regular seasons later this fall.

The women open at home against Presbyterian on Nov. 9. The men's team starts off at home against Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 29.