At 18-years-old, many young adults around the country are trying to figure out what is next for their life and figure out what they want to do school/college-wise, but for Golden State Warriors’ rookie Jonathan Kuminga, this decision has already been made as he is a few weeks away from beginning his rookie season in the NBA.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002, Kuminga started playing basketball at a very young age, and in 2016, he moved to the United States, where he continued his basketball journey with Huntington Prep School, one of the nation’s top basketball prep schools that have produced NBA talent such as Andrew Wiggins, Miles Bridges, Keldon Johnson, and others.
From the moment he began playing basketball in America, many scouts began to notice that there was something special about Jonathan Kuminga and as a result of this recognition, he became one of the nation’s top recruits for the 2021 Recruiting Class, even though he would later reclassify to the 2020 Recruiting Class.
Kuminga’s potential only grew as he aged and as he gained more experience, especially after he transferred to The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey, known for producing some very notable athletes over the years, including the likes of Kyrie Irving.
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Finishing his final high school season as the #4 ranked recruit in the country on ESPN’s Top 100 for 2020, Kuminga had narrowed his recruitment down to Duke, Kentucky, Auburn, Texas Tech, and, surprisingly to some, the NBA G-League.
For years, the NBA has been implementing new systems and new ways to get young top-tier talents in the G-League and they struck gold in 2020, not only landing Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and other top recruits, but Jonathan Jonathan Kuminga also opted to bypass the traditional collegiate playing route so he could begin his NBA journey at a very young age.