Sep 30, 2011 4:33 PM EDT
Myck Kabongo chose to commit to Texas, in part, to play with fellow Canadians Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
"We've always wanted to play with each other all our lives when we were growing up," said Kabongo, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Toronto. "That's why we all decided to come to Texas. But in the back of my mind, I knew how hard those two guys worked and knew they'd be in the position that they were in - to be able to go in the NBA draft and play in the NBA."
Thompson and Joseph left school after one season and were first round picks.
Kabongo knew about the Longhorns' recent history of playing freshman point guards. T.J. Ford was a Big 12 freshman of the year in 2002, while Daniel Gibson earned that same honor three years later. The tradition continued with Avery Bradley in 2009-10 and Joseph last season, though both could more accurately be described as combo guards.
Kabongo had also developed a strong relationship with Rick Barnes.
"With everything, they were very honest with me," said Kabongo, the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2011 recruiting class. "They kept it very real with me. They didn't just tell me things I wanted to hear. Whenever I call Coach Barnes, he's always telling me things he thought I could improve on as a basketball player and as a person."
Kabongo has a reputation as a pass-first point guard, which will make him well-liked by his teammates and he has already exhibited a strong work ethic.
"He's up in the morning at 6:30 every day in the gym on his own," Texas assistant Rob Lanier said. "Any time he's asked me to come in and work him out ... by the time I'm out there, he's already got a full sweat going and already has been going for a half-hour.
"A couple of times, I've worked him out, and we come back that night. He's really motivated. He's not taking anything for granted."
Sep 30, 2011 4:16 PM EDT
Chicago Simeon's Kendrick Nunn has de-committed form Texas A&M.
Nunn committed to Texas A&M and is ranked as the No. 17 shooting guard in the class of 2013.
"He just felt he committed too soon without going through the normal process of being recruited and going on other campus visits and seeing other stuff," Simeon coach Rob Smith said. "Texas A&M is still one of his top schools. He had a conversation with their coaching staff already. They know it's a business and things happen like that when kids commit early."
Illinois, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are among the schools recruiting Nunn now.
Sep 30, 2011 3:59 PM EDT
Dalante Dunklin has committed to UC Santa Barbara.
Dunklin was also considering Cal Poly, Denver, Portland State and San Diego.
"The coaching staff is amazing and I was able to build a great bond with each of them," he said. "Along with that, the players were all great people."
Dunklin is a point guard of the class of 2012 out of Francis Parker.
"The program is making strides," he said. "I, along with the freshman, feel we can be the Butler or VCU of the West."
Sep 30, 2011 2:46 PM EDT
Rodney Purvis has announced his commitment to N.C. State.
Purvis is from Raleigh and plays for Upper Room Christian Academy.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is the 16th overall player in the class of 2012.
Purvis also considered Ohio State, Memphis, North Carolina Central and Connecticut.
Sep 30, 2011 12:32 PM EDT
Arizona and UCLA have combined to secure commitments from six of the top-100 recruits in the class of 2012.
"The Pac-12 has been down for a couple of years, but the classes that UCLA and Arizona are bringing in provide an immediate talent boost to the conference," CBSSports.com college basketball writer and recruiting analyst Jeff Borzello said. "There was a lack of bonafide five-star prospects within the league, but Arizona is bringing in at least two, with Kaleb Tarczewski still considering the Wildcats. (No. 1 overall prospect) Shabazz Muhammad is still in play for the Bruins.
"The talent influx in Westwood and Tucson mean those two could fight for Final Four berths again within two years."
Sep 30, 2011 12:26 PM EDT
John Calipari was at the Brayden Carr Foundation Coaching Clinic in New Jersey on Friday.
Calipari said Kentucky will be running a modified version of the dribble-drive offense this season that is inspired by what he learned while coaching the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas this summer.
The dribble-drive offense was developed by Vance Walberg.
Sep 30, 2011 11:03 AM EDT
Casey Jones has committed to Chattanooga, according to a source.
Jones is a senior wing at Higgins in Louisiana.
Sep 29, 2011 7:47 PM EDT
Tyler Hasnbrough has spent the offseason in Chapel Hill and has been impressed with freshman P.J. Hairston.
"I'm really high on him," said Hansbrough. "He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense."
While Hairston has been the most impressive incoming freshman, he also has liked what he has seen from James McAdoo.
"I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out."
Sep 29, 2011 2:46 PM EDT
Andre Drummond could face sanctions for appearing in a video promoting a new adidas basketball shoe.
Drummond is an incoming freshman at Connecticut and is considered one of the leading candidates to be the top overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.
Kris Dunn of New London High School also appeared, which could put his eligibility at New London High School in jeopardy. Dunn has committed to Providence.
It is not known whether any player accepted payment for their appearance.
Sep 29, 2011 2:42 PM EDT
Rodney Purvis will announce his college decision on Friday.
“I’m down to Ohio State, Memphis, North Carolina Central, UCONN, and NC State,” Purvis told SLAM late Wednesday night.
Purvis has elicited comparisons to Dwyane Wade as a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Raleigh. Purvis is ranked 16th in the class of 2012 by ESPN.
Sep 28, 2011 | Post-Standard
Syracuse will not play any conference home games outside the Carrier Dome.
Sep 28, 2011 | Fox Houston
Valentine Izundu, a 6-foot-9 senior from Lamar Consolidated High School, has committed to Houston.
Sep 28, 2011 | ZagsBlog.com
Rick Pitino believes it would be a huge mistake for Connecticut to leave the Big East.
Sep 28, 2011 | Press Release
Eli Holman has averaged at least 11 points and nearly eight rebounds in each of the past two seasons.
Tony Criswell, a 6-foot-9 power forward playing for Independence Community College, has committed to Missouri.
Ben Carter, senior power forward for Bishop Gorman, appears to have narrowed his college list to Utah, Oregon and UNLV.
Sep 27, 2011 | Dave Telep/ESPN
Bronson Koenig is the No. 26 player in the class of 2013 and frequently compared to Kirk Hinrich.
Sep 27, 2011 | Dave Telep/ESPN
Kevin Poelker, Nolan Berry's coach, saw Butler as the perfect fit.
LaQuinton Ross has been ruled a non-qualifier by the NCAA.
Arizona swingman Kevin Parrom was shot and wounded over the weekend while visiting his family in New York City.
Sep 26, 2011 | Andy Katz/ESPN
The A-10 has one more year on its current deal to play the tournament in Atlantic City.
Kyrie Irving said he felt internal pressure to return in March to play for the Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament.
Steve Lavin is weighing whether to have surgery or try radiation treatments for his prostate cancer.
Waverly Austin recently listed Miami, Maryland, Florida, South Florida, Baylor, Kansas and Missouri as potential suitors.
Sep 24, 2011 | Tampa Tribune
Musa Abdul-Aleem is one of the top JUCO players in the country and had been recruited by Memphis, Rhode Island, Georgetown, Gonzaga, West Virginia, amongst others.
Butler has been mentioned as a candidate for a basketball-centric league, but that doesn't mean they will soon leave the Horizon League.
Sep 24, 2011 | Courier-Journal
Julius Randle said UK is a draw because of coach John Calipari
Elijah Macon is one of the top-15 power forwards in the class of 2012.
North Carolina and Michigan State will play on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on November 11.
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