Jonathan Kuminga, along with Kai Sotto and Reggie Hearn, spoke to reporters in a virtual media availability on December 9. With Kuminga talking about what he’s learned from the scrimmage games, improving his game, and representing The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 18-year-old reclassified to the 2020 class and passed on college offers from Duke, Kentucky, Texas Tech, and Auburn to join the Ignite set-up for elite prospects. Ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft.
G League Ignite were initially supposed to operate outside of the traditional G League schedule. With games against international teams and NBA academies among early plans. Although, with travel restrictions limited, this now appears unlikely.
Instead, it has been reported that Jonathan Kuminga, Jalen Green, and Co could all feature in a bubble in Atlanta, against G League opposition. In what is supposedly a minimum of 12 games, plus playoffs. Which would represent the 2020-21 season for the NBA’s official minor league.
To date, team Ignite has taken part in a number of controlled scrimmages against G League alumni. These have been behind closed doors. However, it has been reported that two scrimmages will be live-streamed in December for public consumption.
Kuminga Talks Scrimmages and Representing Congo:
“It’s been a little tougher, but I know what type of player I am,” Kuminga said to NBA Call-Ups when asked about his experiences in the scrimmage games so far. “I’m going against them and going at it. It helps me to learn and prove my game every day.”
“The main focus of what I’m doing right now is working on everything. I don’t have any main focus where I say I’m bad at it. I’m just going to work everyday and get everything done.”
In addition, Kuminga spoke to NBA Call-Ups about representing Africa, more specifically The Democratic Republic of the Congo where he was born. In 2016, he moved to the United States to play high-school basketball for Huntington Prep and The Patrick School.
“It feels great being one of those people coming from Africa. Especially from where I come from in Congo,” Kuminga said. “To represent the country and everybody, it feels super great. I feel like I’m lucky to be in that position. I’m going to keep working to stay in the same position I’m at.”
The 6-foot-8 forward is a project top-10 selection in the 2021 Draft, with some outlets projecting him as top-5. Should he reach the NBA, probably when, Kuminga will join the likes of Dikembe Mutombo, Bismack Biyombo, and Emmanuel Mudiay as representing Congo in the NBA.
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