One of the top basketball talents in high school basketball, regardless of class, has announced he will be turning pro.
This evening, 2021 No. 1 prospect Jonathan Kuminga announced he would be reclassifying to the class of 2020 and signing with the NBA G League.
“I have decided to announce I will be joining the G League Team Select,” Kuminga told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I don’t see myself as a high school player again, I see my potential as an NBA player. With the G League, they’ll help me a lot, more than college. Out there, they’ll help me how to be open on the court and help me reach my goal of being the No. 1 draft pick in 2021.”
Jonathan Kuminga says he is joining the G League next season and skipping college. Potential top five pick in the 2021 NBA draft. pic.twitter.com/4Dkjcje0NL
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) July 16, 2020
According to an earlier report by Adam Zagoria, Kuminga’s deal with the G League is expected to be worth up to $500,000 for a single season, with further endorsement money also on the table.
With this move, Kuminga will join the likes of Jalen Green, Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd, and Kai Sotto – all nationally ranked prospects, with four of the five being consensus top 25 prospects in the class of 2020 – in the upcoming G League class.
Kuminga, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward out of the Congo, chose the G League over four college finalists in Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, and Texas Tech.