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Tuesday / November 19.
  • John Calipari checks in with Jonathan Kuminga – again

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kentucky coach John Calipari is certainly letting Jonathan Kuminga know he wants him.

    Calipari was in to see the 6-foot-8 Kuminga on Wednesday at the Patrick School in Hillside (N.J.) Kuminga is ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.com.

    “Everybody’s still recruiting me,” Kuminga told me recently after putting up 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as the Patrick School beat rival Roselle Catholic, 68-57, in a Fall League game. “I’m just going to wait until I make the right decision, I don’t know when.”

    Calipari has pulled Nick Richards, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson from St. Patrick/The Patrick School, while also landing other top New Jersey talent, including Kahlil Whitney, Isaiah Briscoe and Dajuan Wagner.

    Kuminga, who turned 17 on Oct. 6, is currently in the Class of 2021 although he has the option of reclassifying to 2020. He dominates high school opponents so much now, it’s hard to imagine he would even be challenged by another year of high school next year.

    Still, he hasn’t put into motion any plans to reclass as of yet.

    “He hasn’t given an inclination,” said Patrick school coach Chris Chavannes, whose team is favored to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title after adding Kuminga and 6-10 forward Adama Sanogo. “He’s got the pressure of whether to reclass up and all this other stuff and he just wants to be a kid every day. That’s all he wants. He’s just taking it one day at a time.”

    Kuminga is currently projected as the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, per ESPN.com. He would be eligible for that draft because he turns 19 that year.

    It’s also possible he could enter the 2022 NBA Draft if he opted to wait until then.

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.