Myck Kabongo, one of the top-rated point guards in the class of 2011, made it official Monday morning when he announced his intention to play basketball for the Longhorns.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound native of Ontario attends St. Benedicts Prep in Newark, N.J. Kabongo is regarded as a pure point guard with speed and quickness who likes to push the ball in transition and a penetrator who can finish. He reportedly also considered Kansas, Florida, Wake Forest and Villanova. Kabongo said he liked both Texas' style of play and the way coach Rick Barnes' program has developed future NBA players. Another key factor likely was the fact that teammate and close friend Tristan Thompson (class of 2010) committed to Texas last year.
At 6-8, Thompson is ranked the No.2 power forward in the country and fifth in the class of 2010 by Rivals.com. Texas also has a commitment for 2010 from 6-5 shooting guard Daniel Bejarano of Phoenix, Ariz. Bejarano is ranked as high as No.2 in his class at that position and 16th nationally by Rivals.
Texas has signed a 3-player class for 2009 ranked as high as No.2 nationally, recently made stronger by the transfer from Florida of former All-SEC freshman team point guard Jai Lucas, originally of Houston Belaire. Lucas will likely be eligible at mid-term next season.