They say there’s no rest for the weary, which could explain how John Calipari and his staff just issued an offer to Jonathan Kuminga. The news was reported in a tweet by recruiting expert Evan Daniels, but it has since been confirmed by KSR. Kuminga was in Rupp Arena for his unofficial visit Tuesday night against Arkansas. Calipari & Co. didn’t let him get out of town without putting an offer on the table.
The 2021 small forward is currently ranked the No. 3 player in his class by 247 Sports and Rivals, while ESPN ranks him as the No. 4 overall player. In addition to Kentucky, Kuminga also has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Western Kentucky. He’s listed at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds.
Kuminga is originally from Huntington, West Virginia, but he currently attends for Our Savior New American School, a private Christian school in New York. According to the school’s website, they’ve had 25 players who have gone on to play Division I basketball, with their most prominent being Cheick Diallo (second-round pick from Kansas to the Pelicans).
It has not typically been Calipari’s style to offer players so early in their high school careers. Does that mean Kuminga could be contemplating a reclassification to 2020? Or does it just mean Calipari sees the potential in a kid without a lot of big-name offers and wants to strike while the iron is hot? We’ll just have to wait and see.
In the mean time, check out Kuminga’s highlights from last December: