Kentucky is reportedly in strong contention for arguably the No. 1 prospect in all of high school basketball.
This afternoon, Evan Daniels of 247Sports wrote in his weekly mailbag post that Kentucky is “in the top tier” for 2021 five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga.
The other early contenders? Auburn and LSU.
“In terms of schools, if I was handicapping I’d look at Kentucky and Auburn in the top tier,” Daniels wrote. “I know they aren’t on the list, but I wouldn’t count LSU out either. Honestly it’s still quite early here.”
Back in November, Kuminga released a final list of schools that included Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Washington.
Over the last few weeks, though, Auburn, Duke, and Kentucky have been seen as the strong contenders in terms of those on his list, to go with LSU as a lurking option. Daniels’ inclusion of the Wildcats and both sets of Tigers is no shock, though leaving the Blue Devils – seen as the growing favorite in some recruiting circles – out most certainly is.
And if Daniels does know something new regarding Duke’s status as a contender, it’s huge news for Kentucky.
As for the next factor in Kuminga’s recruitment, his potential reclassification, Daniels said the talk of a jump is most certainly out there.
Just don’t expect a final decision anytime soon.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about him potentially reclassifying, which makes sense,” Daniels wrote. “Kuminga doesn’t need another year of high school. I don’t think we will see a reclass/college decision from him until after the summer.”