The top high school prospect in the class of 2021, Jon Kuminga, will be staying in his original class, he told Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers. Kuminga had been rumored to make a potential jump to the 2020 class.
Kuminga is not considered just the best prospect in his class, but one of the best prospects in all of high school basketball, along with 2022 phenom Emoni Bates, Cade Cunningham, and Kentucky Wildcats commit Terrence Clarke.
Kuminga also says he is open to any school, despite some whispers that LSU might be the leader in his recruitment.
“It’s fake news, i’m open to all schools recruiting me,” Kuminga told Weingarten.
Kuminga currently attends The Patrick School in New Jersey, which Kentucky has had a great relationship with in the past, with players such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dakari Johnson, and current Wildcat Nick Richards. Kentucky has also gotten Isaiah Briscoe and current Wildcat Kahlil Whitney from the state of New Jersey.
Kentucky, Duke, St. Johns, and LSU are considered the favorites to land Kuminga, regardless of which class he is in.
And while he may currently say he’s not planning to reclassify, it’s hard to see that being the case unless he simply can’t get the academic work done to do so. After all, he’s a projected top-10 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and you rarely ever see recruits wait a year to be that high of a pick.
In many cases, recruits say they won’t reclassify to they can compete on the AAU circuit one last time and fight for a Peach Jam title. And once that tournament ends, we see at least one big-name recruit reclassify each year, just as N’Faly Dante did in the 2020 class.