A year after fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson departed from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, Myck Kabongo is going the same route.
Kabongo, a 6-foot-2 rising senior point guard who has committed to Texas, will transfer to Findlay for his senior season.
Findlay is the two-time National High School Invitational (NHSI) champion.
The program has gone 97-3 over the past three seasons.
Kabongo was the New Jersey Prep Player of the Year and is the No. 8 point guard in the Class of 2011, according to Rivals.
“I will be attending Findlay Prep next year for my senior year in Henderson, Nev., and playing for Coach [Michael] Peck,” Kabongo wrote in an email. “Me and my family think it’s best for me to go somewhere where I will be happy and a place that will get me the most prepared before I head to Austin, Texas next year for college.”
Peck said the school will bring in six “new bodies” next season and Kabongo is the first of those.
“Obviously, we’re excited about that,” Peck said. “He’s yet another great player in our program. We’re definitely looking forward to working with him his senior year to help continue to have the success that we have had and to help him achieve the goals that he wants to achieve. I’ve known him through friendly exchanges. He’s a super-nice kid, very polite, very hardworking, talented, humble. Everything that what we look for.”
Findlay is still in search of a high school after losing its affiliation with the Henderson International School.
“Our program will continue,” Peck told me last month. “How that’s going to look I don’t know.
“Obviously nothing is definitive at this point but it continues to be explored. We’re going to continue to get more details as each day goes forward. I’m confident we’re going to be around. How it’s going to look, I’m not sure.”
Kabongo cited the departure of head coach Dan Hurley, who left St. Benedict’s for Wagner College last month, and the fact that St. Benedict’s headmaster Father Edwin Leahy pulled the Gray Bees out of the NHSI because it conflicted with Good Friday as reasons for his departure.
“The decision for me leaving was not a difficult one to make,” Kabongo wrote. “After my coach Dan Hurley left it was hard to be at St. Benedict’s Prep. Coach Hurley was the main reason for me going to the school. His departure, and the fact I was never happy at the school made me transfer.”
New St. Benedict’s coach Roshown McLeod was immediately available for comment.
Findlay will lose both Thompson and senior guard Cory Joseph to Texas. A year ago, Hurley kicked the 6-8 Thompson off the St. Benedict’s team after a verbal altercation and he subsequently transferred to Findlay. Hurley and Thompson have since made up.
“Now at Findlay Prep I look forward to enjoying my senior season,” Kabongo wrote. “I’m overwrought about it ! I’ve gotten good feed back from my peers who have gone through the program such as Avery [Bradley], Cory , Trey and they’ve told me the place is domicile . I know going there I’m getting good coaching to polish my basketball skills from Coach Peck and also help maturing as a person. Most importantly attending Findlay I know that I will be surrounded by good people . People that want me to succeed on & off the court & help stir me towards the right path to reach my goals and dreams.”
14-year-old Canadian phenom Elijah Fisher destroys defender
There is absolutely no doubt — Elijah Fisher is going to be the most after-sought Canadian basketball prospect ever!
Andrew Wiggins, RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray please make room for rising star Elijah Fisher.
The 14-year old phenom added to his bag of bodies — snatching yet another helpless soul in what will go down as one of his most impressive dunks yet.
Showcasing his skills in front of a copious amount of NBA scouts at the 2019 All-Canadian Boys Futures Game — the 6’5″ guard dropped a vicious sledgehammer all-over his defender.
Fisher took home MVP honors with 27 points to lead Team Black to a 126-104 victory over Team Gray.
Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold
Hamilton, Ont — In what will surely go down as one of best finishes in Ontario Federation Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) basketball history, senior guard Shak Pryce — playing in his final high school game, buried his final shot — an unbelievable “shot of the year” candidate as the Pine Ridge Pumas (Pickering) edged upstart La Salle Black Trojan Knights (Kingston) 51-48 to win the 2019 OFSAA AAA gold medal game.
The previous possession, with the game tied at 48-48 all with 43 seconds remaining — 35-second shot clock winding down and the ball in La Salle’s premier guard Luka Syllas, Pryce determined to end his career as a champion pulled-up his shorts, started clapping and clamped defensively blocking Syllas shot attempt to give the Pumas the ball back with 9.3 seconds remaining via jump ball possession arrow rule.
Coming out of the timeout there was little to no doubt as to who was going to get the last shot, as Pumas’ head coach Cam Nekkers put the ball is senior guard’s hands delivering a magical march madness moment that will be buzzing for decades to come.
The gameplay was interrupted by a deliberate fire alarm nuance, causing a 15-minute delay.
Memories of Devoe Joseph’s final shot, game-winner to the defeat the Eastern Commerce Saints at the buzzer of the 2008 OFSAA AAAA Gold medal come to mind, only this time the trophy is going down south of Brock St. as Pine Ridge becomes the first LOSSA school to earn back-to-back titles of OFSAA’s top division since arch-rivals Pickering Trojans accomplished the feat in 2007-2008.
Whitby’s Anderson C.V.I (LOSSA) featuring Justin Edwards (Maine/Kansas State) and Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton Flyers) won back-to-back AAA gold medals in 2010-2011, however OFSAA was using a four-tiered (level) format with AAAA being the top division. OFSAA, since 2015-16 reverted back to a three-tier competition.