Could Jonathan Kuminga Be the G League’s Latest Coup?

On May 22, top prospect Jonathan Kuminga narrowed his options down to 5. Texas Tech, Duke, Kentucky, Auburn, and the G League.

The 17-year-old small forward out of The Patrick School, stated in a tweet that his options had been narrowed down and that he was still considering joining the professional ranks. Through the G League’s restructured professional pathway program. Which already features elite prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, and Kai Sotto.

Kuminga is projected to be a top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, by many major outlets.

Kuminga’s Career to Date:

His high-school career started in Huntington, West Virgina, where he represented Huntington Prep School. Before transferring to Our Savior New American School in Cantereach, New York. Where he posted averages of 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists through his sophomore season.

That off-season, Kuminga showed out at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). Averaging 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Erupting for 43 points in one game against top recruits in the 2020 class, Cade Cunningham and Greg Brown.

The 6-foot-8 forward then spent his junior year at The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey. Averaging 16.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists over the course of the campaign. He did suffer an ankle injury that caused him to miss a month of the season.

Kuminga most certainly possesses an NBA body, with his dominant 6-foot-8, 210lb frame. Hosting an athletic, well-rounded skill-set makes him a versatile prospect that can score in a variety of situations. Whilst being able to rebound strong, as well as guard multiple positions defensively.

Corey Evans of has reported that the professional path may be what Kuminga takes. But maybe not through the G League, overseas opportunities may prize him away.

“It’s still in the beginning stages for the G League and Jonathan and those talks. They’ve been pretty clear that they want to keep those talks internal. They don’t want it being broadcast out there. … But I think that, as of now, the push is to play professionally for a year and starting that clock toward the NBA. Whether it’s the G League, whether it’s Europe, whether it’s Australia — wherever it might be.

Kuminga is the cousin of NBA player Emmanuel Mudiay. In terms of a time-frame for his decision, that hasn’t been declared at present time. However, a decision will most likely come sooner rather than later.

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