For Kentucky fans holding out hope for a late addition from 2021 five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga, Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans has some bad news for you.
In a recruiting update published this week, Evans said the consensus top-five prospect is still expected to (officially) reclassify to the class of 2020, but the professional route remains as the overwhelming favorite.
In fact, Evans said he would be “rather shocked” if the five-star prospect ever suits up at the college level.
“I would be rather shocked if Kuminga plays a minute of college basketball,” Evans said. “Kuminga has not officially said it, but I believe he will make the move into the 2020 class and the G League is where he will spend his year between high school and the NBA beginning in the fall. There were overseas opportunities that Kuminga could have taken, but at this time staying domestic and competing alongside Jalen Green, Daishen Nix and a few others will likely be the route that he takes.”
Among colleges he remains interested in, Texas Tech and Auburn are now seen as the only potential suitors, with Evans singling out both Kentucky and Duke as the two schools Kuminga is no longer considering.
“If there is one college that can potentially lure Kuminga in it is Texas Tech,” Evans said. “The Red Raiders have invested the most time recruiting him in recent weeks and they have a strong in-road thanks to his brother, Joel Ntambwe, being a member of the program. He is not going to Duke or Kentucky. Auburn could work its way into contention, but Texas Tech looks like the only school that could convince him to go the college route. However, that is going to take a lot of work. For now, the G League is the best bet.”
Earlier this month, Kuminga officially graduated from high school, putting a reclassification to the class of 2020 on the table. To this point, though, the five-star forward has yet to officially announce the jump.
There were also numerous reports of an imminent commitment, though Kuminga never confirmed those reports, either.
Now, the wait continues on both fronts. What we do know, though, is a commitment to Kentucky is highly, highly unlikely.