Jonathan Kuminga

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Jonathan Kuminga
Jonathan Kuminga (cropped).jpg
Kuminga with Our Savior New American in 2018
No. 1 – The Patrick School Celtics
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (2002-10-06) October 6, 2002 (age 17)
DR Congo
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school

Jonathan Kuminga (born October 6, 2002) is a Congolese basketball player who attends The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey. He is a consensus five-star recruit and the number one player in the 2021 class, according to major recruiting services.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kuminga began playing basketball in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the age of two.[2] He left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 to play basketball at the high school level in the United States.

High school career[edit]

As a freshman, Kuminga played basketball for Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia.[3] For his sophomore season, he transferred to Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York and averaged 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game.[4] In January 2019, Kuminga was named most valuable player (MVP) of the Slam Dunk to the Beach showcase after scoring 40 points, a single-game record at the event, in a loss to Gonzaga College High School.[5] He earned MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year honors.[4] After the season, Kuminga averaged 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), facing many players older than him. In one game, he scored 43 points against a team featuring Cade Cunningham and Greg Brown, both top-10 recruits in the 2020 class.[6]

For his junior season, Kuminga transferred to The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey.[7] On December 23, 2019, he made his debut, scoring 20 points in a win over Roselle Catholic High School, after having been ruled ineligible for 30 days by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association due to transfer rules.[8] On January 3, 2020, Kuminga suffered an ankle sprain that sidelined him for about one month.[9] As a junior, he averaged 16.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.[10]


As a high school sophomore, Kuminga emerged as one of the best recruits in the 2021 class.[11] He is a consensus five-star recruit and is considered the number one recruit in the 2021 class by 247Sports and ESPN.[12][13] Kuminga holds scholarship offers from many NCAA Division I programs, including Kentucky and Duke.[6][14]

On May 22, 2020, Kuminga announced his top 5 of Texas Tech, Duke, Kentucky, Auburn, or signing with the NBA G League.[15]

Kuminga has the option to reclassify to the 2020 class, but in July 2019 when asked about the possibility, he said "I'm not really thinking about that right now. That’s not in my mind right now."[2] However, in May 2020, Kuminga stated that he was now 50/50 about reclassifying to 2020.[16]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jonathan Kuminga
Centereach, NY Our Savior New American (NY) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) — 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 1  247Sports: 1  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Personal life[edit]

Kuminga's older brother, Joel Ntambwe, played college basketball for UNLV before transferring to Texas Tech in 2019.[2][17] Two of his cousins play professional basketball: Emmanuel Mudiay in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Omari Gudul in Europe.[18] Kuminga's first language is French, and he is continuing to learn English.[2]


  1. ^ Thamel, Pete (July 26, 2019). "Why NBA teams are already preparing for a 'generational' 2022 draft". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Zagoria, Adam (July 13, 2019). "Jonathan Kuminga makes case for No. 1 high school player in the nation, talks future plans". ZagsBlog. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Burlison, Frank (October 28, 2018). "Two elite 2022 guards among Pangos East standouts". Burlison on Basketball. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Divens, Jordan (April 18, 2019). "2018-19 MaxPreps Boys Basketball Sophomore All-American Team". MaxPreps. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Riedel, Kenny (January 2, 2019). "Slam Dunk superlatives". Cape Gazette. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, Ben (June 25, 2019). "UK basketball scholarship offer led to (very) long-distance phone call for top recruit". Archived from the original on August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Jordan, Jason (August 26, 2017). "No. 1 Chosen 25 junior Jonathan Kuminga transfers to The Patrick School". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Zagoria, Adam (December 23, 2019). "Jonathan Kuminga scores 20 in Patrick School debut after judge grants stay". Zagsblog. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Corrigan, James (February 5, 2020). "Jonathan Kuminga returns from ankle injury, discusses Kobe's impact on his life". Zagsblog. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Greco, Richard; Kinney, Mike; Minnick, Kevin (March 25, 2020). "Boys Basketball: Second team All-State, 2019-2020". Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Daniels, Evan (January 20, 2019). "Hoophall: Jonathan Kuminga progresses, as high majors pursue". Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Jonathan Kuminga, Our Savior New American School, Small forward". 247Sports. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Kuminga". ESPN. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Zagoria, Adam (July 16, 2019). "Duke offers Class of 2021 star Jonathan Kuminga". ZagsBlog. Archived from the original on August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Jonathan Kuminga [@JonathanKuming6] (May 22, 2020). "Top 5" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Rowe, Adam (May 5, 2020). "Jonathan Kuminga says he's 50-50 on reclassifying up to 2020". 247Sports. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  17. ^ Anderson, Mark (May 26, 2019). "Joel Ntambwe leaving UNLV for Texas Tech". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Joel Ntambwe". UNLV Athletics. Retrieved August 12, 2019.