Five days after reconsidering his commitment to Texas and taking a brief spin around the landscape, five-star point guard Myck Kabongo decided his first decision was best and will sign with the Longhorns.
Kabongo, No. 9 in the ESPNU 100 and the nation's No. 2 point guard, said last weekend that he was going to look into Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Texas. He talked with coaches and recruits from the various programs over the last few days. But those talks only made him realize he never should have decommitted from Texas.
"I took a quick step and I evaluated everything and quickly realized that Texas is best for me," Kabongo said in a text message to ESPN.com. "For all the reasons I've stated before in the past, there's no way I can build a relationship with [another] coach in a year like I have with Coach [Rick] Barnes and the staff at Texas and I don't want to waste the other coaches or individuals associated with the schools time knowing this."
Kabongo, who's from Ontario, Canada, and plays for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, is a 6-2, 170-pounder whose athleticism and quickness combined with high-percentage decision making set him apart from the rest of the class. He is a consistent 3-point shooter, but can also penetrate. Defensively, he is relentless pressuring the ball.
While some players do decommit for the thrill of being recruited, Kabongo's said that was not his intention.
"I was just looking to make sure I was making the right decision. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong method," he said in a text message. "Looking back I didn't deal with it properly but it's something I can learn from as a person," he said in the text. "So, there's no point for me to go through the process again just to do it. ... There's no need to waste their time and energy and that would be unfair to them. Yet again, I don't want people to think I did this as something to get attention. I jumped the gun on how I was feeling and I'm truly sorry to everyone involved from fans to coaches and programs.
"As for Texas fans, I'm sorry and I will continue working hard to make the impact they expect me to make come next fall," he said in the text. "I bleed burnt orange and I'm working hard to bring Austin fans excitement!"
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