After nearly winning the national championship back in March, Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Chris Beard has seen a tremendous uptick in his recruiting efforts.
The latest addition to his program was announced over the weekend. Joel Ntambwe, who is a transfer from UNLV, will be leaving Las Vegas to play for Coach Beard in Lubbock.
Not only is Ntambwe a great pickup for the Red Raiders, but he also comes with a potential added bonus. His younger brother, Jonathan Kuminga, is ranked as one of the top players in the class of 2021. Currently, 247 Sports lists Kuminga as the third-overall player of any player in his class.
Could little brother follow big brother to Lubbock?
It is certainly a real possibility and something that I’m sure Red Raider fans will be keeping their eyes on.
Back in February, the Kentucky Wildcats extended a scholarship off to Kuminga, who is a 6-8 small forward with an impressive skill set. Offering a player of his age is not something that the Cats typically do that early on, so for Kuminga to receive his offer at that stage must really mean that Coach Cal thinks a lot of his game.
Here is what he said after receiving his Kentucky offer that followed his visit to Rupp Arena back in February.
“It was cool,” Kuminga said. “All Coach Calipari said was if you wanna come here you just gotta be ready to work hard, that’s it.”
Kuminga’s old brother signing with Texas Tech isn’t ideal for Kentucky, but there is still a long way to go in his recruitment.