"I think they really worked hard to establish a relationship," Dave Maravela, of Crown Point (Ind.) Don Bosco Prep, said about Florida State. "Coach [Dennis] Gates did a great job recruiting him. He visited down there a couple weeks ago. He had a great visit and he really felt good about everything."
"It’s a high level program," Zelimier Stefanovic, who trains him in Canada, said. "He’s going to be pushed every single day in practice and playing in the best conference. The exposure is there. Leonard has experience on every level and has a done a great job of developing players," he added. "Coach Gates has a great personality and has also done a great job of developing players."
Kabengele, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder, is a native of Canada, but is finishing his high school career at Don Bosco Prep.
Stefanovic, who played professional ball overseas, said he thinks Kabengele has impressive long term potential.
"He has a huge upside," he said. "He has an ability to play on a professional level. Definitely in Europe, but time will tell. He can definitely play on that level. If all the cards fall right he could even go into the NBA. He’s huge and tall."
"He's got NBA upside," Maravela added. "He has it in his DNA. He's the nephew of Dikembe Mutombo."
Kabengele also considered Boston College, Georgia, Georgetown, Kansas State and Wisconsin.
"At the end of the day he built a great relationship and rapport with the staff," Maravela said.
Florida State now has four commitments in their 2016 class. Kabengele joins five-star forward Jonathan Isaac, as well as four-star prospects Trent Forrest and C.J. Walker.