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.”
Quebec Basketball sweeps 2019 Canadian U15 & U17 National Championships
Quebec basketball made a loud statement by sweeping all four levels of the 2019 Canadian National basketball championships – claiming gold both at the U15 and U17 boys and girls annual provincial tournament.
The boys made a clean sweep of Ontario to take home gold at both the 2019 U15 and U17 boy’s Canadian national championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. While across the country at Ken and Kathy Shields court in Victoria, British Columbia the U15 ladies knocked-off Ontario 72-55 and the U17 ladies completed the sweep with a 55-45 win over Alberta. Quebec becomes the first province to sweep all four championships since Ontario claimed supremacy in 2011.
Quebec’s first U17 boys title since 2010
Quebec’s silky smooth guard Bennedict Mathurin was the star of the U17 tournament pouring a game-high 23 points to help La Belle Province defeat their rivals 84-77 to claim their third-ever U17 gold medal at Nationals and their first since they won back-to-back in 2010 and 2008. Mathurin the tournament’s top scorer (23 PPG) added 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Aurel Ntahindurwa scored a game-high 25 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and added 3 assists to lead Quebec to a 88-78 win over Ontario in the U15 boys championship game. Freud-Ansley St-Felix took-home MVP honors by showcasing his all-around game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists.
Dumont twin brothers also impacted the game – both nearly reaching double-doubles Jordann with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Raphael contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Thomas Ndong collected a game-high 11 rebounds added 7 points and scored Christian Payawal finished as the tournaments top thief racking 8 first-half steals alongside his 7 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Cassandra Prosper was named MVP of the U15 girls championships and had the game of the tournament — scoring 24 points and grabbing a jaw-dropping 18 rebounds in the finals.
The U17 Quebec ladies completed the rare clean sweep fighting off a tough Alberta squad. Kiandra Browne was named MVP capping a great tournament with 7 points and 9 nine rebounds.
2019 U17 Boys MVP & First Team All-Stars
Bennedict Mathurin – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Mason Kraus – Manitoba
Darius DeAverio – Ontario
Olivier-Maxence Prosper – Quebec
Norman Burry – New Brunswick
2019 U17 Boys Second-Team All-Stars
Owen Weaver – Alberta
Dominic Parolin – British Columbia
Kyle Duke – Ontario
Enoch Kalambay – Quebec
Malcom Christie -New Brunswick
2019 U15 Boys MVP & First Team All-Stars
Freud-Ansley St-Felix – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Xavier Spencer – Alberta
Braeden Macvicar – Nova Scotia
Jahsemar Olembe – Ontario
Jaiden Cole – Ontario
2019 U15 Boys Second-Team All-Stars
Bubu Benjamin – Alberta
RavJeet Randhawa – British Columbia
Lorence De La Cruz -Manitoba
Thomas Ndong – Quebec
Ben Power – New Brunswick
2019 U17 Girls MVP & First Team All-Stars
Kiandra Browne – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Deja Lee – British Columbia
Louella Allana – Quebec
Mimi Sigue – Alberta
Tea Demong – Alberta
Ornella Niankan – Quebec
2019 U17 Girls Second-Team All-Stars
Samantha Russell- Nova Scotia
Jayme Foreman – Ontario
Jessica Clarke – British Columbia
Kennedy Hollinger – Saskatchewan
Yvonne Ejim – Alberta
2019 U15 Girls MVP & First Team All-Stars
Cassandra Prosper – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Christine Geraldo – Quebec
Delaney Gibb – Alberta
Cheyenne Rowe – Ontario
Sophie-Anne Bouffard – Quebec
Lemyah Hylton – Ontario
2019 U15 Girls Second-Team All-Stars
Taija Sta Maria – Ontario
Jessica Keripe – New Brunswick
Julia Tuchscherer – British Columbia
Treyah Paquette – Manitoba
Lauren Hainstock – Nova Scotia
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.
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