On Monday, Myck Kabongo (its pronounced “Mike”, not “Mick”), a top ten
point guard recruit that hails from Canada and attends Findlay Prep in
Nevada, decommitted from Texas.
The breakup didn’t last for long. Late Wednesday night, Kabongo texted recruiting guru Dave Telep to let him know that he had, in fact, recommitted to the Longhorns.
took a quick step and I evaluated everything and quickly realized that
Texas is best for me,” Kabongo said in a text message to ESPN.com. “For
all the reasons I’ve stated before in the past, there’s no way I can
build a relationship with [another] coach in a year like I have with
Coach [Rick] Barnes and the staff at Texas and I don’t want to waste
the other coaches or individuals associated with the schools time
“I was just looking to make sure I was making the
right decision. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong method,” he said in a
text message. “Looking back I didn’t deal with it properly but it’s
something I can learn from as a person,” he said in the text. “So,
there’s no point for me to go through the process again just to do it.
… There’s no need to waste their time and energy and that would be
unfair to them. Yet again, I don’t want people to think I did this as
something to get attention. I jumped the gun on how I was feeling and
I’m truly sorry to everyone involved from fans to coaches and programs.”
great news for Texas. Kabongo is a quick point guard that can defend
his tail off and will remind some folks of Darren Collison. Even if
current Texas freshman Cory Joseph remains in school for more than one
season, most believe the duo could thrive together in a back court.
But was there more at play here?
wasn’t the only class of 2011 point guard to make his collegiate
decision today. Quinn Cook, a top 25 recruit and the best point guard
left in the class with Kabongo off the board, announced his intentions to head to Duke.
This wasn’t a surprise. In fact, Cook’s face time on ESPN U to announce
his decision was nothing more than a formality. Many believe that this
was a done deal weeks ago.
Many also believe that Kabongo’s
decision to decommit was, in large part, because he had an interest in
Duke. The other three schools on his list — Kentucky, Syracuse, and
North Carolina — weren’t exactly great fits. Did Kabongo decide to head back to Texas because Duke went elsewhere for a point guard?
I doubt we’ll ever truly know.
the bottom line is this — Texas got their man. Again. And Duke added
another quality piece to a back court that … well … has a
terrifying future. You’re telling me that next season, the Blue Devils
legitimately could have Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers starting in
their back court, with Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Quinn Cook, and Tyler
Thornton coming off the bench?
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.