The top high school basketball prospect in the class of 2021 has his eye on moving to 2020 and playing in college — or, perhaps, the pros — next season, and Kentucky is on his new list of finalists.
Jonathan Kuminga — a highly versatile 6-foot-8 forward from Congo, now playing for a high school in New Jersey — announced Friday that he has narrowed his recruitment to UK, Auburn, Duke, Texas Tech and the G League.
Rivals.com, 247Sports and ESPN all rank Kuminga as the No. 1 overall player in the 2021 class, but he has long been considered a candidate to reclassify to 2020, a move that would put him on the path of playing college basketball next season. Many recruiting analysts are expecting him to make that jump, but the G League’s new program that pays select players who’d rather skip college and train up to the NBA Draft is also expected to be a legitimate option.