Duke basketball: Predicting landing spot for No. 1 recruit

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Examining finalists for Duke basketball target Jonathan Kuminga: G LEAGUE

Soon after the final list came out on Friday — the pro option is the only one of the five that was not in his original top 10 — recruiting insider Adam Zagoria summed up what the G League should be in a position to offer a player of Jonathan Kuminga’s caliber:

“The G League has made headlines this offseason by signing Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, and Kai Sotto to play for its new ‘Select Team’ that will be based in Los Angeles and will play a limited number of games against regular G League teams. All four players will receive six-figure contracts, with Green reportedly set to earn $500,000. Kuminga would likely be in line for similar money and would be able to train in a professional environment and be mentored by older players while preparing for the NBA Draft in 2021.”

As for Kuminga’s interest in the G League should he choose not to reclassify, Busting Brackets contributor Brian Rauf explained on Saturday how that interest could depend on what happens to Green, Todd, Nix, and Sotto:

“The financial compensation is an obvious advantage, but what if those prospects see their draft stock slip in favor of guys that opted to play college basketball? What if one of them gets hurt and doesn’t have an insurance policy in place like the ones offered by the NCAA? What if it’s just a total mess? There’s also the chance it proves to be an advantageous option and tremendously helps those four ‘guinea pigs,’ in which case it’d be hard to imagine Kuminga not picking it.”

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