Myck Kabongo, one of the top point guards in the class of 2011, is close to making a college decision. Kabongo is down to five schools, but one of those schools just might have the inside track since it has one of his Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's teammates already committed.
Kabongo, who will choose among Florida, Kansas, Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest, is expected to make a decision in the next month.
"A lot of sophomores are committing," said Kabongo's travel team coach Ro Russell of Grassroots Canada. "With Myck, he already has offers from everybody, so he is ready to get it over with. Everybody knows who he is, so there is no need to wait to get more exposure."
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Kabongo has already visited Texas, Villanova and Wake Forest and is trying to schedule visits with Florida and Kansas before making a final decision.
All five schools have produced successful guards, but Texas has a built-in advantage since it already has a commitment from Kabongo's teammate Tristan Thompson, an elite power forward prospect in the class of 2010.
"Myck wants to play in a program that has successful guard production and development," Russell said. "He also wants to play in an up-tempo system and for a coach he has a personal relationship with.
"Having Tristan committed does help Texas, but it is not a guarantee that he will go there. They do talk every day, though, and are good friends. I'm sure Tristan is putting in his work to get Myck to come there."
Myck Kabongo scouting report:
Both a verbal leader and leader by example, Kabongo is the quintessential quarterback at the point guard position. He is quick with the ball and has a great feel for creating shots for teammates. He is also a terrific on-the-ball defender who seems to always be in the right position when away from the ball. Still in the process of proving himself as a scorer, Kabongo, nonetheless, commands respect from his defender.