Not too long after reclassifying to the class of 2020, 5-star Jonathan Kuminga announced that he will be playing on the G-League Select Team. The 6’8 combo forward chose the G-League route over Duke, Texas Tech, Auburn, and Kentucky. In response to ESPN’s Shams Chariana’s question regarding his preferred college destination, Kuminga said “if it wasn’t the G-League, I was going to play with my brother.” Kuminga’s brother, Joel Ntambwe, plays for Texas Tech, which sparked many rumors about Kuminga and the Red Raiders throughout his recruitment. This decision should help Kuminga boost his draft stock, as he currently projected as the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
ESPN’s national recruiting director, Paul Biancardi, said that Kuminga: “combines both power and explosion and is almost unstoppable in the open floor”. Biancardi believes that the next steps in Kuminga’s growth and development as a player is his “long range shooting and ball handling”, both of which Kuminga can improve on in the G-League. With this decision, Kuminga is the last player in the ESPN Top 100 for the class of 2020 to make his decision and will be joining other talented recruits such as Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Kai Sotto, and Daishen Nix on the G-League Select Team this upcoming season.