Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kentucky sees Jonathan Kuminga for second time in nine days
By ADAM ZAGORIA
For the second time in nine days, Kentucky was in to see Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2021.
Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne was at The Patrick School (N.J.) on Tuesday nine days after he and head coach John Calipari first came this season.
Kuminga, who transferred from Our Savior New American on Long island, is a versatile, explosive 6-foot-8 forward ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2021. He is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, according to some mocks.
“It’s just like everybody be saying, we want you,” Kuminga told me last week of Kentucky’s message. “It’s not like they’re begging you to come. Everybody wants you, so you got to just make the right decision.”
Kuminga added: “[Calipari] just said I would fit, just like in the situation they are putting people. Certain players, that’s a good fit. He said it’s a good fit, too.”
Kentucky now have four committed players for 2020, but they are active this week with some Class of ’21 players who could potentially reclass.
Both Kuminga and Mater Dei (CA) point guard Devin Askew have that option, although Askew has said he won’t.
Calipari was in to see Askew on Tuesday, while Louisville’s Chris Mack was in Monday and Arizona is expected later this week, per his dad.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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