Kabongo finds perfect fit at Texas

On January 12, the Texas Longhorns secured a big time commitment in sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo of St. Benedict Prep and Grassroots AAU. The 6-2, 165-pound floor general for the #3 ranked high school team in the country was looking for the right fit and found it with the Texas Longhorns.

The Texas Longhorns have been on quite the recruiting roll since March of 2008 gaining commitments from a number of nationally ranked prospects. On January 12, sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo became the latest nationally sought prospect to pick the Horns.

Kabongo, who committed on his 17th birthday, was looking for the perfect fit and found it in Austin with the Big 12 power.

"Obviously, I was just happy to be in the position to have as many choices as I did," Kabongo said. "I just built a great relationship with the Texas coaches. I didn't feel the same relationship with all of the coaches I spoke with. My relationship with Coach Barnes is great, Coach Terry and strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright. Coach Wright is known for getting players bodies ready for the college and pro game and that is where I want to be. What Texas has done with point guards in the past helping get them to the next level was attractive to me. I want to be the next one at Texas," Kabongo said.

The native of Toronto said he feels like he will have a special relationship with Coach Barnes and that was a key for him.

"I can talk to him about anything. He's like a coach and friend to me already. He lets you play and I like that. I think we will have a type of relationship that we can talk about anything," Kabongo said.

Before Kabongo burst onto the scene, Texas fans got to know St. Benedict Prep and the Grassroots AAU program with the March 4, 2008 commitment of then sophomore Tristan Thompson. While the long standing friendship between Thompson, the #1 prospect in the 2010 class, and Kabongo helped Texas, the sophomore jet with the ball in his hands made the decision to pick Texas because he felt the fit was one of perfection as a floor general.

"Having Tristan there certainly helped Texas, but it was the best fit for me. I thought if Tristan wasn't there would I still want to go to Texas and I did. Being a point guard, Texas was the perfect fit for me," Kabongo said.

On the court, Kabongo is blessed with the feel for controlling pace, tempo and running a team and understanding situations. Throw in elite level speed, quickness to match and a 6'6" wingspan while standing 6-2 and the sophomore has the look and appearance of a special point guard.

When speaking with Kabongo, he's even more impressive with his understanding of what the position is all about outside the obvious skill set.

"The point guard has to have respect from your team. Your teammates have to trust you with the ball. All five guys have to be on the same page and that is the job of the point guard. It's a mental game with the position. You have to get your guys going first and be good leading a team," Kabongo said.

Like Thompson, when Kabongo committed to Texas the questions of why he didn't stay on the East Coast and play in the Big East were asked.

"Most people want us to go to the Big East or around here (New Jersey). I looked at what would be the right fit for me and people understand that. Nothing beats Texas right now," Kabongo said.

While Kabongo will boast a top 50 if not top 25 national ranking in the months ahead, the long armed guard is focused on improving and isn't satisfied with where his game is at currently.

"I want to improve my defense. We (St. Bendict prep) always preach defense and playing defense wins games. I'm doing alright right now, but I want to get better and be able to hold down a man to ten points or pressure the ball. Really, I think I have to work on everything as nothing is perfect about my game," Kabongo said.

Today at noon eastern, St. Benedict Prep will put their #3 national ranking on the line against #7 ranked Wheeler out of Marietta, GA. Wheeler features future ACC forward Ari Stewart (Wake Forest) and Richard Howell (N.C. State), while St. Benedict Prep is led by future Longhorn Tristan Thompson who averages 18 points and 12 rebounds per game for the undefeated Gray Bees.


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