The pinnacle excessive college basketball prospect within the elegance of 2021 has his eye on moving to 2020 and gambling in university — or, possibly, the professionals.

Jonathan Kuminga — a particularly flexible 6-foot-8 ahead from Congo, now gambling for a high school in New Jersey.

ESPN’s these days up to date mock draft for 2021 pegged Kuminga because the No. 4 usual select, behind 2020’s top 3 recruits Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma state), Evan Mobley (Southern Cal), and Jalen inexperienced, who has already committed to the G League’s application.

If Kuminga does play college ball subsequent season, he would be an immediately-effect addition for whichever college lands his dedication. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists consistent with recreation — regardless of handling injuries — for The Patrick college (N.J.) this beyond season after tallying 22.7 factors, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in keeping with sport on the notably competitive Nike circuit remaining summer season.

UK teach John Calipari watched him play more than one times with each his excessive college and Nike teams during the last year, and he was the first participant from the 2021 magnificence to land a United Kingdom scholarship provide, selecting up that honor at some point of a visit to Lexington past due inside the 2018-19 season.

His Nike league coach, Andy Borman, told the herald-leader closing summer season that Kuminga’s “excessive motor” sets him aside on the court.

“He plays both sides of the ball — literally plays both aspects of the ball. wants to guard the opposite team’s quality participant at all times no matter position,” Borman stated. “He’s the child heading right into a game that says, ‘I got him.’ And he’s a child that — although I dictate a exchange at the matchup — he’s saying, ‘train, i’m able to take him in case you need me to.’ which is extraordinary, because such a lot of children need to just talk about offense.

“And don’t get me wrong, he’s offensively talented. Any time he sees single insurance he’s up there, 25, 30, 35 (points). … but a lot of times he’s going to see double groups and triple groups. And with that, he’s a inclined passer. He’s got extraordinary imaginative and prescient. There’s no longer a hollow in his recreation.”

Even though he’s 6-8 and a inclined rebounder, Kuminga wouldn’t do a whole lot to help united kingdom inside the frontcourt next season.

There’s not a good deal consensus among countrywide recruiting analysts as to a clean preferred in Kuminga’s recruitment, although competitors.com’s Corey Evans did log a prediction in want of Auburn on Kuminga’s future forged web page last month. His older brother, Joel Ntambwe, transferred to Texas Tech last year and might be eligible to play for the pink Raiders this season.

There is no timetable for Kuminga’s final choice on wherein he’ll play subsequent season.