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Texas Tech makes Jonathan Kuminga’s Top 5

Chris Beard - mastermind recruiter - is one step closer to the greatest recruiting accomplishment of his career.

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Two days ago - the Crystal Ball predicted that Texas Tech was very much in the mix for Jonathan Kuminga. Today - that was confirmed by Jonathan himself. Texas Tech is now one of the five schools left in the hunt for one of the best high school prospects ever. Kuminga is still considering Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, and the G-League.

Jonathan Kuminga, brother of Texas Tech F/C Joel Ntambwe, is ranked no. 1 in every reputable ranking for the Class of 2021. He has a grade of 97 from ESPN, which in my opinion, is far too low. His inconsistent three-ball is the only thing holding him back from being “impossible to guard”. Strong words from one of the most reputable basketball analysts in the world - Brian Snow. Kuminga is a member of the 247Composite Perfect Score Club, a rating given to only 5 other prospects since 247 started rating: RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, Greg Oden, Dwight Howard, and LeBron James. He would not only be the best recruit in Texas Tech program history, but one of the best high school recruits ever. The idea of Kuminga coming to Texas Tech became a reality earlier this week. 247 went through some changes to it’s Crystal Ball process and distinguished more reputable insiders as “lead experts” to a prospect. When a Kentucky insider was made the lead expert on Jonathan Kuminga, his Crystal Ball turned to a beautiful 100% in favor of the Red Raiders.

There are two important story-lines to watch in the coming months. One is obviously what school seems to be trending in the lead for Kuminga. The second is Kuminga’s decision on reclassification. If Kuminga wants, he can play college basketball next season. This is a decision he is self-admittedly 50/50 on (High School Basketball Happenings Podcast). Texas Tech’s roster is already geared up for a deep run in next year’s NCAA Tournament. If you add Kuminga to that team, you’re talking about a squad that becomes top 3 nationally ranked in preseason polls and is one of the favorites to win it all.

Kuminga is a weapon unlike anything Texas Tech - or really even college basketball - has ever seen. Red Raider Nation, it’s time to bring him home.