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Top recruit Kuminga skips NCAA to join G League

Field Level Media
16 Jul 2020, 13:40 GMT+10

Jonathan Kuminga became the latest top high school prospect Wednesday to eschew the NCAA for the revamped G League professional pathway program.

Kuminga made the announcement Wednesday night in a virtual interview with Stadium and The Athletic. Kuminga also said he's reclassifying from 2021 to 2020.

Kuminga, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, chose the G League over offers from Duke, Kentucky, Auburn and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders had hoped to add him to a roster that already includes his older brother, Joel Ntambwe.

Kuminga is the fourth-best prospect in the country, according to 247sports' composite rankings, and the fifth-best prospect according to ESPN. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he played most recently for The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J.

Kuminga is the fifth top player to choose the G League route, joining Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto.

The reshaped G League program will group elite prospects on one team and pay them each at least $500,000 for one year before they are eligible to enter the NBA draft.

The program was bolstered after urging from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who wanted the G League to interest players who might try to play professionally overseas, as LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton did this year.

The new G League system quadruples the previous player salary ($125,000) and will provide financial incentives for participation in games, community events and life skills programs. The development team will focus on training and exhibition games, facing G League teams -- about 10-12 games -- but also international and academy teams.

--Field Level Media

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