Instead, Zabo, a 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Rockville (Md.) Montrose, opted to play with the 16's group.
"I've made the decision with coach Mike to play with the 16's," Zabo told Scout.com. "My whole life I've played up."
"I'm happy with the move," he added. "I played at Boo Williams with them. I was playing great. Unfortunately we lost in the semi-finals. But after the tournament I realized it was a good decision for me."
The move is good for Zabo, a four-star prospect, because it will give him a chance to improve certain areas of his game, instead of sitting behind 2012 five-star guard Tyler Ennis on the 17's team.
"There are some things I want to work on during the summer," Zabo said. "On the 17's I was having to share time with Tyler [Ennis] and [Xavier Rathan-Mayes], which was hard because they were playing so well. Playing for 16's is a good move for me."
Zabo, who is rated among the top five point guards in the 2014 class, sees himself as a floor general that can put up points.
"I can score the ball when I have to," he said. "I consider myself a scoring point guard. Some coaches think I can work on my passing game, that's my strength though, I can score."
"I have a lot of schools interested in me," Zabo said. "I only have one offer right now. George Washington is the only school that has offered me."
"Right now I'm just still trying to focus on my game and work on it," he added. "I still have two more years left so I don't really want to think about it right now."