One of the top high school basketball recruits in the nation, who the city of New Britain became familiar with in 2018, has found the next chapter of his playing career.
Jonathan Kuminga, a former MVP at the Osgood Shootout, announced on Wednesday that he would be bypassing college basketball to join the new G League professional pathway program. Kuminga, who was the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2021 before announcing his decision, is the latest in a recent line of top recruits to elect this new path toward the NBA.
“I’m really excited to take my next big step by announcing that I’ll be turning pro next year,” Kuminga said in a piece he wrote for the Player’s Tribune on Thursday. “Just saying that out loud is crazy. Like, I’m a professional basketball player now.”
Kuminga reclassified to the class of 2020 after graduating from The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey this past spring, and had become the No. 4 prospect in that class. He is fifth recruit in ESPN’s top 100 to choose to bypass college for the G League. The former Osgood star had originally set his top college targets as Duke, Kentucky, Auburn and Texas Tech.
Kuminga wowed the Hardware City at the 2018 Osgood Shootout, winning tournament MVP in the high school division. In the championship game against the CT Flight, Kuminga dropped 37 points to lead the Hearts to the title. Kuminga sank four 3-pointers in the first half to help the Hearts of Waterbury cruise to a 78-64 victory.
“They just told me to come play, even though I didn’t know a lot of people here,” Kuminga told the Herald after that 2018 win, playing in the Osgood Shootout for the first time. “I only knew a couple people on my team [from Sacred Heart High School]. I just came here to show who I am and what I can do. I really liked this tournament, it was fun and I’m coming back next year.”
Kuminga, standing 6-foot-8, averaged 22.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, and is projected to be a top-five pick in next year’s draft.