Kabongo Talks Win, Texas

Last week, national power Findlay Prep came to Houston and knocked off last year's national champion Yates team. In the win, guard Myck Kabongo was a big factor in the 95-69 win. Next season, he will be playing in Texas for coach Rick Barnes. Scout.com, in conjunction with Longhorn Digest caught up with Kabongo for post game thoughts.

So far, the holiday season has been for Findlay Prep (NV) guard Myck Kabongo. Starting last week, Kabongo and the Findlay team traveled to Houston to knock off the 2010 national champions Yates team 95-69 then a few days later, the Pilots beat Bishop Manogue 93-75.

Kabongo and the team will pick back after Christmas day, but along the way, the team recorded a historic win. Coming down to the Bayou City to knock off Yates was a big milestone for the team.

"First and foremost, we knew about their tradition. This is a great program and coached well. And we knew about their game-win streak," Kabongo said of the top-ranked Yates team. "We know what they do to teams here. They have been winning by large margins so we wanted to play our game and execute."

And Findlay Prep did exactly that. Led by the 6-foot-3, 170 pound Kabongo, Findlay Prep turned the game into a half-court battle, a style that Yates is not accustomed to, as the Lions are a heavy transition basketball team.

But that run-and-gun play did not rattle or even hinder Kabongo or Findlay Prep.

"The game plan was to play smart with the basketball. You know, you have to think about when you want to take that three (point shot). But it's like temptation," Kabongo said. "You may want it, but that is what they (Yates) want you to do to transition off of that. We just had to play smart."

In the win, Kabongo has 17 points and never rattled at any point in the game. He and the team played control basketball. In speaking with Kabongo, it was evident that the No. 2 ranked point guard in the country showed a lot of humility and respect for his opponent. 

"This is a great win. It's history," Kabongo said. To be able to beat a team that plays this well in the area that wins state championships, it tells us a lot about our team."

Of course after an interesting recruitment that had several ups and downs throughout the process, Kabongo decided to bring his game to Austin and play for coach Rick Barnes on the Longhorn team.

"I'm real excited. I talk to coach Barnes everyday and I'm thankful. My brothers Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph are there and I am looking forward to it," Kabongo said. "I'm glad I get to go to college and my mom does not have to pay that tuition."

In the end, why Texas?

"Style of play. You see me getting up and down the court. I'm running around and I got the energy going. The style of play at Texas suits me well," Kabongo said.

On top of that, there are a few other factors that played into the decision, but it all comes back to one source.

"Also, weather. I come from Canada and it's real cold so I needed some change in weather," Kabongo said. "But really, it came down to coach Barnes and my relationship with him and I can talk with him about anything. My plan is to work hard and see what happens once I get there. I am going to come in with a working mentality and know that nothing is given to me."


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