2021 No. 1 prospect Jonathan Kuminga made a new friend at the Champions Classic on Tuesday evening.
As highlighted by A Sea Of Blue’s Big Blue Drew last night, former Kentucky superstar John Wall greeted Kuminga in the stands during the UK’s 69-62 victory over Michigan State.
John Wall dapping up Jonathan Kuminga is what you wanna see if you’re a UK fan. ? pic.twitter.com/fYvvGuLVuE
— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) November 6, 2019
Aside from the mid-game dap up with Wall, Kuminga – a standout at The Patrick School in New Jersey – was also sitting in the stands near Kahlil Whitney’s family, four-star UK commit Lance Ware, and four-star Kentucky target Cliff Omoruyi.
And the fun didn’t stop there.
After the game, Kuminga made his way back around the Kentucky locker room, where he was again seen near Wall.
The image below shows Wall taking a picture with an individual, with Kuminga facing the opposite direction.
Less than 24 hours later, Kuminga announced he was cutting his list to ten, including the Wildcats in the process.
The finalists? Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, Texas Tech, Auburn, Michigan, Florida State, Georgia, Washington, and Maryland.
— Jonathan Kuminga (@JonathanKuming6) November 6, 2019
And what’s significant about the list cut? Not only did it come right after a massive night for the Kentucky basketball program, the five-star forward also cut LSU from his list, as one of the perceived top contenders in his recruitment.
Back in October, recruiting expert Andrew Slater submitted a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Tigers, with other strong rumblings that an individual within Kuminga’s camp was very close with LSU coach Will Wade and was pushing him to Baton Rouge.
Sources tell KSR that Kuminga – the top prospect in the class of 2021 – is expected to reclassify to 2020, with a decision likely coming in the late signing period.
With LSU out of the picture, Kentucky, Auburn, and Duke are now seen as the favorites in the five-star wing’s recruitment.
With 2021 five-star guard and UK commit Devin Askew very likely reclassifying to the class of 2020 to run the Wildcat offense next year, along with five-star guards Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston already on board, Kentucky is recruiting Kuminga to play the four in a four-out, one-in small-ball lineup. Kuminga, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, is versatile enough to play all five positions on the floor, with those close to the five-star forward’s recruitment saying he is interested in showing off a well-rounded game at the college level to ensure he goes No. 1 in the NBA Draft.
With Kentucky missing out on Cade Cunningham, a commitment from Kuminga in the spring would be quite the response for John Calipari and the UK coaching staff.