Kabongo trims list to five, nearing decision

St. Benedict's point guard Myck Kabongo is one of the most highly sought prospects in the 2011 class. This week, the 6-1, 165-pound speedy floor general cut his list to five schools with a decision imminent.

St. Benedict's Prep sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo has been one of the more highly sought prospects in the 2011 class in recent months. "Has been" are the operative words. This week, the 6-1, 165-pound jet trimmed his long list of suitors to five with a decision imminent. Grassroots Canada AAU founder and coach Ro Russell says his talented sophomore is ready to get the process behind him.

"Myck is down to five," Russell said. "He's down to Florida, Texas, Kansas, Villanova and Wake Forest. He wants to get the process over with soon and move on. He'll decide in the next month," Russell said.

The elite level floor general that blends a combination of quickness, speed, playmaking ability on the offensive end and long arms and a pest like quality defending the ball, is looking for a style of play with freedom and a program known for developing point guards according to Russell.

"Myck is looking at style of play. He doesn't mind playing in a system like St. Benedict's, but at the end of the day he wants the freedom to do his thing. He's looking for a coaching staff that is personable that he can go sit in the office and talk with and also a program with a reputation for developing and producing high level point guards," Russell said.

St. Benedict's Prep recently won tournament titles at the Kreul Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl December 19-23 and the Nike Invitational in San Juan, PR December 26-30. Kabongo and 2010 Texas commit Tristan Thompson, who also plays for Grassroots Canada AAU, both turned in all-tournament worthy performances.

"Myck was all-tournament at the Kreul Classic. Tristan was the MVP of the Kreul Classic and in Puerto Rico. They didn't have an official all-tournament team in Puerto Rico, but Myck was on the mythical all-tournament team," Russell said.

As has been the case all season, Kabongo has played big time basketball at the point guard position. He has excelled at running the Gray Bees team with a combination intelligent play, toughness and quickness not matched by many.

"Myck's intelligence is impeccable. Right now, it's hard to see individual improvement in the system at St. Benedict's. As far as toughness, competitive drive and a will to win, Myck is top notch right now. Tristan too," Russell said.

Of the five programs remaining in contention for the elite level talented floor general, only the Texas Longhorns have produced two lottery picks at the point guard position since 2000.

When the national class rankings of 2011 are updated in the next few weeks, Kabongo will likely be ranked in the top 25.

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