Basketballghana.com can confirm Golden State Warriors Small Forward Jonathan Kuminga has visited Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi.
His visit comes on the back of Kuminga winning the 2021-2022 NBA Title with the Warriors in his first season in the NBA after getting picked seventh overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Aside meeting the President, Kuminga met DR Congo First Lady Denise Tshisekedi and the Central African Nation’s Prime Minister Sam Lukonde.
Kuminga, Basketballghana.com gathers, has joined the Congolese National Team in Camp in Egypt as the team prepares to compete in the second window of 2023 FIBA World Cup qualification games.
DR Congo is in Group D and ranks second with five points after bagging two wins and a loss in the first window of qualifiers. Senegal and Egypt share the same record in the group but Senegal’s better goal difference puts them at the top. Kenya ranks bottom in the group after losing all three games.
The top three teams in each group (four groups in all) progress to the next stage; In his first season in the NBA, Kuminga averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes across 70 games in the regular season.
DR Congo plays Kenya on July 1 at the Alexandria Arena in Egypt.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter