Status: UK target
Small forward | 6-8 | 205
School: Patrick School (N.J.)
Home country: Congo
Kuminga was the very first prospect from the 2021 class to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and he has since solidified himself as the No. 1 player in that group.
Though he’s currently classified as a 2021 recruit, the expectation in national recruiting circles is that Kuminga will not ultimately end up in that group. If he does reclassify to 2020 and gain eligibility to play in college next season, he’ll become the most sought-after prospect in the country.
A versatile 6-foot-8 forward, Kuminga is truly a position-less player who can excel around the basket or on the perimeter offensively. He has the size, length, athleticism and motor to be a dynamic defensive player at the next level, and he’d likely be in the discussion for No. 1 player in 2020 (and No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft) if he does indeed reclassify.
During the fall, Kuminga released a “Top Ten” list that featured Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Texas Tech and Washington. A surprising omission to that list was LSU — a school that some saw as a possible favorite in his recruitment — though the Herald-Leader has been told that the Tigers remain a possibility.
There is no timetable for Kuminga’s reclassification or college decision.
Kuminga averaged 22.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game on the Nike circuit this past spring and summer, establishing his status as the No. 1 player in the 2021 class as a result of his play.
“He plays both sides of the ball — literally plays both sides of the ball. Wants to guard the other team’s best player at all times regardless of position. He’s the kid heading into a game that says, ‘I got him.’ … Which is great, because so many kids want to just talk about offense. And don’t get me wrong, he’s offensively talented. Any time he sees single coverage he’s up there, 25, 30, 35 (points). … But a lot of times he’s going to see double teams and triple teams. And with that, he’s a willing passer. He’s got great vision. There’s not a hole in his game.”
-Nike league coach Andy Borman