Basketball Recruiting

Barnes Picks Up 2011 Commit

Myck Kabongo, one of the top-ranked players in the nation (Scouts, Inc. Grade: 96), has become Texas’ first basketball commit for 2011, joining St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) teammate Tristan Thompson, who is committed for 2010.
(ESPN On the Trail Update: Soph PG Myck Kabongo picks Longhorns)

Myck (pronounced “Mike”) KabongoG, 6-1, 1652011 National Ranking: 15Chose Texas Over: Kansas, Florida, Wake Forest and Villanova

Scouts, Inc. Evaluations:

December, 2008: This super quick lead guard continues to impress. He pushes the ball in transition with tremendous speed and quickness. He is a terrific ball handler and passer that can beat his man with crossover, between the legs and hesitation moves. Kabongo also has a quick first step and burst on speed that allows him to get to the rim before the help side defenders can react. Kabongo finishes inside with high arcing layups over outstretched hands. Kabongo displayed good leadership skills and the ability to run the offense. Kabongo also sets the tone on the defensive end with tremendous ball pressure. He has quick hands and feet and does a great job of maintaining the offensive player’s attention at all times. Kabongo must improve his three shooting. He is streaky but must work for consistence to set up his penetration. At times he over penetrates which results in a turnover. He competes at all times as well. Kabongo will need to get stronger but is clearly a high major point guard.

June, 2008: As fast a lead guard as anyone in the country in his class. Explodes up and down the court and gets from foul line to foul line in the blink of an eye. Myck handles the ball as if it was an extension of his arm and he can find the gaps and get to the rim before defenses react. He thinks like a true point guard and loves to pile up the assists. He needs to improve both his catch and shoot and pullup jumpers but he has three years to accomplish this, He looks like he could still grow a couple of inches and he has the potential to one day be the John Wall of his class.

December, 2007: Myck Kabongo has great size already for the point guard position and he appears to play the position naturally. He needs to improve his strength and he needs to work on getting his body lower to the ground when he drives the ball to become more explosive. Time will tell how well he will develop his game, but he plays at a great high school and competes with good players every day and he more than holds his own already.