UK’s coaching staff has been incredibly active in recruiting visits over the last few days.
Some of the players that have gotten visits from Calipari and company include Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Todd, and Lance Ware, the latter of which is now expected to commit to UK. They’re nowhere close to done, though, as they will be visiting Greg Brown tomorrow and Jonathan Kuminga, 2021’s #1 overall player, in the coming days.
Adam Zagoria tweeted out a video of Kuminga playing pickup with his teammates earlier today. He then added a comment with a little bit of recruiting news.
A 6-8 small forward from New Jersey, Kuminga transferred to The Patrick School, a high school basketball powerhouse, over the summer. He already has a body that is able to handle the next level with his size and length.
Kuminga has a ton of potential and is already the consensus #1 player across Rivals, ESPN, and 247Sports’ ranking. As his jumpshot continues to improve, he will become an even better prospect that will hear his name called early on on whatever draft night he’s available.
There’s still a lot of time left in his recruitment, but the Duke Blue devils are his Crystal Ball leader on 247 Sports, while Texas Tech is tied with Blue Devils on Rivals’ FutureCast. Kuminga’s brother, Joel Ntambwe, just transferred from UNLV to play for the Red Raiders this season.
UK is getting a head start in 2021 and will likely get one of the classes best players this weekend when Terrence Clarke commits and, likely, reclassifies to come to Lexington in 2020 instead. Kuminga is apart of a small group of 2021 players with Kentucky offers at this point that also includes Clarke, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Paolo Banchero, and Devin Askew.
But like Clarke, Kuminga is someone that’s considering a move into 2020. He was actually AAU teammates with Lance Clarke, so perhap that connection could help the Wildcats if Clarke rocks Kentucky blue.
Even so, hearing Memphis and Duke’s involvement is never encouraging when it comes to recruiting nowadays, but Kuminga is a special player that is continuing to grow and improve, which is why John Calipari wants to get on top of his recruitment early on.