Elite 2011 Point Celebrates With A Commitment

Myck Kabongo turned 16 on Monday and celebrated by announcing his commitment to a Big 12 power. The Canadian-born point man who runs the show for St. Benedict's is headed to a school that has cranked out some pros at his position.

Happy birthday, Myck Kabongo.

The 6-foot-1 St. Benedict's point guard – by way of Canada – celebrated his 16th birthday in style on Monday. Kabongo committed to Texas after considering Kansas, Florida, Wake Forest and Villanova.

""I've been thinking about it and I was thinking about and I was leaning toward Texas for a while," Kabongo said. "Speaking to other coaches, I didn't feel the connection as much as I did with Coach Barnes. We're real tight and those other coaches, I didn't feel like we had that. I wanted that relationship with my coach and the point guard has to have a relationship with his coach."

Kabongo will be wind up being regarded as one of the treasures Canada has sent to the States. Only a sophomore, he's the commander of St. Benedict's offense and has improved enough to warrant mention among the elite players at his position in the Class of 2011.

"Obviously, at this stage Junior Cadougan had similar accolades," GrassRoots Canada coach Ro Russell said. "Steve Nash wasn't known until he went to Santa Clara. Myck has had the most visibility, success and exposure at this particular stage as a sophomore. His upside could be the best of them all but those are gigantic shoes to fill to match what Steve Nash has done and Junior has been successful so far as well."

Kabongo won't head to Austin alone. In addition to the family he has in Dallas, he'll have a friend in Austin. Scout.com's top-rated junior Tristan Thompson, committed before last summer. Long-time friends, Kabongo made his collegiate decision independent of Thompson.

"The way they play suits me perfectly. I like playing fast, pick and roll and they get you ready for the next level. People probably think I'm going to Texas because of Tristan, and he's like my brother, but it came down to what was best for me. It will be a bonus to play with Tristan if he's still there but I want people to know that Texas suits me. It's like a second home over there."

Kabongo's gift is his presence and burgeoning impact on his team. He's a bonafide leader on one of the best high school teams in the nation. "His feel doesn't come around that much," Russell said. "His intellect to read the game and know how to play and help his team … it's extraordinary. That's now translated to his ball handling, his ability to create and now knowing how to read time and place. He plays like he's a college point guard."

Kabongo's more mature than your typical sophomore and it shows in his game. This commitment comes with a plan. He's targeted communication as his major and for Kabongo, this birthday will be hard to top!


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