After a relatively wild ride, Jonathan Kuminga’s “recruitment” is about to come to an end.
On Friday afternoon, the No. 4 ranked prospect in the class of 2020 according to ESPN announced that he will make his decision regarding his basketball future on Thursday, July 16 at 2 p.m. EST. Unfortunately, it is widely thought that Kentucky is currently out of the running for Kuminga and that the 6-foot-8 small forward will ultimately elect to turn pro.
— Jonathan Kuminga (@JonathanKuming6) July 10, 2020
A few weeks ago, KSR posted a report stating that 247 Sports recruiting expert Corey Evans would be “rather shocked” if Kuminga elected to play even a single minute of college basketball. Many believe Kuminga will follow the recent trend of high-level prospects making the leap to the NBA’s new and improved G League team, which is built specifically for uber-talented young players such as himself.
“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.”
Kuminga’s vagueness from his tweet alone (not explicitly stating that he’ll be attending a college) is enough for me to believe his mind is set on going pro. Evans also noted that Texas Tech and Auburn were likely the only two college choices Kuminga is even considering, as Kentucky and Duke have long been pulled from the race.
We’ll know soon enough. Kuminga would have been a nice late-addition to the upcoming roster, but him not picking the ‘Cats would not be a surprise.