Recruiting watch: Fort Erie’s Chris Kumu freak athlete who just happens to play hoops

Chris Kumu at the All-Canadian game March 2023. Photo by Chris McKee.

Chris Kumu could be the best athlete on any high school baller in Canada.

There are certain players who require extensive scouting to get to the core of what type of player they could be and how they could achieve success at the college level.

Then there is Chris Kumu.

Kumu is a 6-foot-3 point guard currently playing his high school ball with Fort Erie International Academy which has the most talented roster of any team in Canada and also plays his AAU ball with famed Montreal program Brookwood Elite which has produced recent NBA stars Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana), Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City) and Khem Birch (San Antonio).

The second you walk into the gym, Kumu’s athleticism immediately jumps out at you.

Kumu sports a vertical jump easily in excess of 40 inches which allows him the opportunity for highlight reel dunks and the chance to out rebound players much taller than him.

He may be the fastest player in Canada sprinting up and the down the court while barely breaking a sweat in comparison to his counterparts who seem to have to labour much harder than Kumu who plays with such ease.

Kumu does need to improve on his 3-point shooting which is good but not great as well as adding a touch of creativity to his passing to allow more success as a point guard at the NCAA level.

However, those are traits that can be taught or achieved through additional coaching and practice but his athleticism is unmatched anywhere in Canada.

Kumu also plays with confidence and a certain swag you’d expect from a good point guard which will allow him immediate success at the NCAA level.

If Kumu decided to walk away from basketball tomorrow and pick up football, soccer or volleyball he’d immediately be regarded as a can’t miss prospect in either of those sports based on his impressive athletic ability.

Kumu is far from a perfect high school prospect but his God given gifts of speed and freak athleticism makes him one of the safer prospects to recruit in the class of 2025.

Kumu already has an offer from Arizona State and expect his recruiting to heat up significantly over the next few months.

Several of Kumu’s Fort Erie teammates recently announced their commitments including Felix Kossaras (6-foot-5 SG) to Colorado, Ishan Sharma (6-foot-4 SG) to Virginia and Christian Nitu (6-foot-10 F) to Indiana State.

Click below for my interview with Chris Kumu at the BioSteel All-Canadian games: