Jonathan Kuminga, the number one player in the class of 2021, reclassified to 2020 and announced that he will be playing for the newly formed G League professional pathway team designed for top prospects.
During the Nike Peach Jam during the summer of 2019, the rising junior averaged 27.4 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, which vaulted him to the number 1 ranking player of the class of 2021 entering his junior season, according to ESPN, 24/7, and Rivals.
It was a high school basketball showcase called the Metro Classic in 2018 where I watched one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen in person. R.J. Barrett, who was the number one high school senior in the nation at the time, led Montverde Academy, the number one team at the time, to a come-from-behind win over Naz Reid and the number 21 ranked New Jersey powerhouse Roselle Catholic at the Harwood Arena on the campus of Kean University, a college in New Jersey about 45 minutes outside of New York City.
“People ask me when the last time I was happy. I genuinely almost always tell them Linsanity. I’m not joking. For two weeks, that was the best,” exclaimed restauranteur David Chang on Bill Simmons’ podcast in May (1 hour, 9 minute mark).
The PrimeTime Shootout is a high school invitational tournament that started in 1976. Players that have appeared include LeBron James Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. Ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, I missed my fix of watching basketball in person.
Going to a Nets game in Brooklyn is not as easy as going to East Rutherford or Newark while living Hoboken. In their third year in Brooklyn, I’ve attended one Nets game, where I used to go to a dozen in the swamp.
The minimum age requirement to play in the NBA is 19. For the top high school basketball players in the country, this means being a one-and-done player, where Kentucky’s John Calipari has mastered the art of coaching players who only stay for their freshman year, specifically for the pros.
The NBA national TV schedule is out. You’ll only find here all 30 teams with their appearances on ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV and the totals. In addition, I note the difference from last year’s schedule (which is not accounting for the changes they made mid-season).