Kabongo de-commits from Texas, Cook down to two
Words. Jason Jordan
By now we’ve all heard about Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) point guard Myck Kabongo’s de-commitment from Texas over the weekend.
Kabongo, a senior who is ranked No. 6 in the HSH National Top 50, said he’d open up his recruitment to Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky, while keeping the Longhorns on the list as well.
For months, Kabongo and I have had talks about the possible de-commitment, but he always maintained that he was “150 percent” committed to Texas. Reality was that he was wrestling with the decision.
Taking a look at the schools on his list, I can’t see Kabongo going to Kentucky, with Pike (IN) point guard Marquis Teague, ranked No. 4, in the bag for 2011. Syracuse will have Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche manning its backcourt, and I’ve basically coined the phrase “you don’t de-commit to re-commit,” which tells you what I think about Texas’ chances.
Still, to be fair, Kabongo’s Grassroots Canada AAU coach Ro Russell tells me that “Texas is still No. 1 at this point.”
The most interesting development involves Oak Hill Academy (VA) point guard Quinn Cook, ranked No. 25. Cook, who grew up a North Carolina fan, told me last week that North Carolina said they couldn’t offer him “because they had two point guards (Larry Drew and Kendall Marshall),” but since Kabongo’s de-commitment UNC called, trying to get Cook to visit this weekend. Word is Roy Williams is headed to Oak Hill to meet with Cook Tuesday.
That’s no coincidence. Still, per Oak Hill coach Steve Smith, Cook plans to announce this week between Duke and UCLA. Expect Cook to be a Blue Devil, which means Kabongo won’t be.
Conventional wisdom says that the Heels up their interest in Kabongo, which is appealing with Hargrave Military (VA) shooting guard P.J. Hairston, ranked No. 18, and Norfolk Christian (VA) forward James McAdoo, ranked No. 7, already in the bag for the 2011 class. Kabongo’s told me countless times,”I want to go where I have the best chance to win right away.”
Either way, don’t expect Kabongo’s situation to be done quick. Russell expects it to go into the spring.