Here’s a look at how Kuminga would fit into his remaining five options: Auburn: Bruce Pearl’s club currently has a five-man recruiting class ranked No. 7 nationally by 247Sports.com. The group includes point guard Sharife Cooper, shooting guard Justin Powell, power forwards J.T. Thor and Chris Moore and center Dylan Cardwell. Kuminga, who has been recruited by assistant Ira Bowman, would add a powerful wing player to an already impressive class. Duke: The Blue Devils have the nation’s No. 3-ranked class with a six-man group including point guard Jeremy Roach, combo guard DJ Steward, small forward Jalen Johnson, power forwards Jaemyn Brakefield and Henry Coleman and center Mark Williams. That is a big class, but Kuminga is more than talented enough to find his niche, and Coach K has been on him for a long time, most recently watching him play at the John Wall Holiday Invitational in December. Former Duke star Kyrie Irving is heavily involved with The Patrick School and helped run a two-hour practice at his alma mater. “He’s been helping on everything,” Kuminga said. “He really comes here and motivates us, tell us we gotta do this, what’s right for us. That’s pretty much what he’s been saying, and helping us on everything.” Kentucky: John Calipari’s club has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class with point guard Devin Askew, shooting guards B.J. Boston and Terrence Clarke, small forward Cam’Ron Fletcher, power forward Lance Ware and center Isaiah Jackson. They also add grad transfer Davion Mintz (Creighton) at the point and former Wake Forest big man Olivier Sarr, who is looking to obtain a waiver to play immediately. Calipari visited Kuminga last fall at The Patrick School and watched him play in New Jersey on New Year’s Day before Kentucky’s class fully took shape, but he would be the cherry on top of the nation’s No. 1 class.
Here’s my interview with @JonathanKuming6 of @tps_hsbb via @freshfocusports with some highlights. @KentuckyMBB @DukeMBB and @AuburnMBB among those involved for the No. 1 player in 2021 https://t.co/1RzGWWgxTp… https://t.co/8NEIsKxfdm— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 14, 2019
Texas Tech: Chris Beard’s club has the nation’s No. 9-ranked recruiting class, headlined by Prolific Prep (CA) guard Nimari Burnett, who has been recruiting Kuminga to Tech. They also add former VCU big man Marcus Santos Silva via the grad transfer market. Perhaps more importantly, Joel Ntambwe, Kuminga’s older brother, will be eligible this season for the Red Raiders, meaning the brothers could presumably play together for one season before Kuminga heads to the NBA.
Via @freshfocusports, here are some highlights of @JonathanKuming6 of @tps_hsbb , No. 1 in 2021 and a projected Top 10 pick, from Wednesday at the New Year’s Jump Off run by @JSnjPlayaz.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 2, 2020
John Calipari was in attendance to see him and Coach K saw Kuminga Monday. pic.twitter.com/QZ1Ct534KM
NBA G League: The G League has made headlines this offseason by signing Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto to play for its new “Select Team” that will be based in Los Angeles and will play a limited number of games against regular G League teams. All four players will receive six-figure contracts, with Green reportedly set to earn $500,000. Kuminga would likely be in line for similar money and would be able to train in a professional environment and be mentored by older players while preparing for the NBA Draft in 2021. “Some of these kids are ready, some of these kids don’t want to go to school, they want to be pros,” said Sam Mitchell, who is expected to coach the Select Team. “They want that lifestyle, and that’s the thing that we’re going to teach them.” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Texas Tech signee Nimari Burnett (@NimariBurnett) says he’s ‘definitely been talking to’ consensus No. 1 prospect Jonathan Kuminga and ‘seeing if he can reclass up’. #RedRaiders— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) April 23, 2020
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