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UK target Jonathan Kuminga is emerging as a superstar

UK has been making him a priority for a while.

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The Kentucky Wildcats currently have zero basketball commitments for the 2020 class.

However, that certainly does not stop the coaching staff from trying to secure the top talent in the 2021 group.

Jonathan Kuminga received the first offer from Kentucky out of all high school sophomores last season. Since that time, he has done nothing but prove himself worthy of that offer.

Now with dozens of scholarship offers and more on the way, Kuminga is the No. 2 recruit in the 2021 class according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, but he is ranked as high as No. 1 by The five-star forward continues to play as if he is underrated, and he is setting the Nike circuit on fire this summer.

Kuminga has averaged 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this spring against some of the top competition in the country. His most notable performance came against a team with both Greg Brown and Cade Cunningham in the 2020 class. Kuminga hit seven three-pointers and scored an astounding 43 points.

If you ask his AAU coach, however, offense is not his only focus.

“High motor,” New York Rens coach Andy Borman told the Herald-Leader. “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.’”

Kuminga is listed as a small forward, but at 6-8 he has played both the point guard and center positions for the Rens. So, basically, picture a slightly taller PJ Washington with the ability to bring the ball up the court and drive to the basket from the perimeter.

Jonathan Kuminga is well on his way to being the star of the 2021 class. Getting into his recruitment early certainly cannot hurt Kentucky’s chances, but you know his elevated performance this Spring continues to keep the attention of John Calipari and his staff.

Read more quotes from Coach Borman and Evan Daniels about Kuminga here.