There’s growing sentiment that the No. 1 basketball recruit in America will not play college basketball.
At the top of every college basketball recruiting rankings for the 2021 class, you’ll find Jonathan Kuminga. The 6-8 small forward from The Patrick School in New Jersey is a bonafide phenom that can do it all on the hardwood. Where he goes next and when he does it remains a mystery.
Two weeks ago Kuminga announced his final five options: Kentucky, Auburn, Texas Tech, Duke and the G League. A prospect that has been rumored to reclassify since he first entered our radar at KSR, Corey Evans of Rivals now believes he will make the jump into the 2020 recruiting class, but not to play college basketball.
As we dive deeper into the offseason, the chances that Kuminga ever plays even one second of college basketball become smaller and smaller. Bank on Kuminga reclassifying into the 2020 class and turning pro, whether that means he goes overseas or to the G League, for his one year between high school and the NBA.
Kuminga would not be the first top-ranked player to opt out of college for the new G League program. Jalen Green, considered either the No. 1 or No. 2 player in the 2020 class, was the first to take the leap of faith into the new system.