DR Congo v Senegal Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Basketballghana.com can confirm NBA Champion Jonathan Kuminga has missed out on competing for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the latest round of qualification games to the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

19 year old 6 foot 7 inch Forward Kuminga was expected to play for DR Congo after helping Golden State win the 2022 NBA title in his first season in the NBA after getting drafted into the league with the seventh overall pick.

He paid a visit to DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, First Lady Denise Tshisekedi and Prime Minister Sam Lukonde after winning the title with Golden State; he was expected to join his teammates in Cairo, Egypt for the qualifiers. (Click highlighted text to view full list of qualified teams)

Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga, top, dunks against Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

However, Kuminga didn’t feature for DRC but has been spending time with the Warriors Summer League team. DRC won 20-0 against Kenya after the latter failed to show up for their matchup, beat Senegal 72-60 but lost 52-80 to Egypt.

Senegal Center Gorgui Dieng v DR Congo Photo Courtesy: FIBA

DRC is one of 12 nations to qualify to the final stage of the qualification process; Kuminga on the other hand hasn’t featured in any of the Warriors two games played so far in the California Classic Summer League. (Click highlighted text to view full list of qualified teams)

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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