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Kentucky offers 2021 five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga



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:


Article written by Maggie Davis

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11 Comments for Kentucky offers 2021 five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga

  1. BPatte
    8:01 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

    We are so desperate Cal I will start offering grade schoolers soon!

    • bigbluebanana
      8:12 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      Desperate? Please don’t show up and be that guy. We have a couple of those guys already. Also, what exactly are you offering g to grade schoolers?

    • 4everUKblue
      8:26 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks banana, sounds like he knows something about grade schoolers.

    • BigolBlue
      9:27 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      He cant get top 5 guys anymore thats for sure

    • bigbluebanana
      9:56 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      Bigolblue, why you always focused on “getting guys”? Regardless, you’re so correct in everything you say, obviously this year’s team sucks. If only we could’ve gotten, say, the top 3 recruits and a top PG, we’d be undefeated right? Speaking of undefeated, have you checked out all the college teams that are? It’s almost too hard to keep up with there’s so many! And here we are with this terrible 4 loss season and top 5 ranking, my god how the mighty have fallen. This shlt is just unacceptable.

      As always, blow it out your azz you scum troll

    • shelby
      10:08 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      7 other D1 schools have offered idiot!

  2. a21CATSfan
    8:09 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

    No, he’s just adjusting his style a bit. If he hadn’t, Kentucky would not have guys like Herro and Shai, and to a certain extent, Booker and Ulis. He has to make up so much ground, and he’s not giving himself enough time with some kids. CATS

  3. RAGE
    8:55 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

    I like that Cal is offering players earlier and getting in on the ground floor with more recruits…

    My opinion this is Cal learning and evolving as any coach has to over their coaching careers… Most coaches don’t ever change their ways and that are the coaches that the game passes by

    • BigolBlue
      9:27 pm February 27, 2019 Permalink

      No. He did the same with wiseman and Zion. Lost on both

  4. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:05 am February 28, 2019 Permalink

    If Duke gets involved, forget about it. Calipari’s recruiting has slipped. That’s undeniable.

  5. StuckinLville
    7:15 am February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Some of u are idiots and obviously haven’t been paying attention. You know why Cal has missed so much? Because until now he refused to get involved this early on. Coach K called Reddish in the locker room after winning it in 2015. Other than the exception of a few players, Cal never got involved early because he thought between UK’s history and his track record players would keep flocking here. Well the game has changed and getting involved early is the only way to start getting top guys again. He can’t wait until they are going into their senior years anymore.