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Myck Kabongo De-commits from Texas

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/news/story?id=...

Well, this is the second and much more major recruit to de-commit from Rick Barnes squad before the season even starts. He says he is only opening it up to North Carolina, Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke and still keeping Texas in the mix. Nonetheless, Rick Barnes definitely is not becoming the recruiting juggernaut we all might have thought, losing out on some top Texas talents and some huge early commits. I think Kabongo would fit incredibly well with the Tar Heels or Orangemen, but he will immediate impact anywhere he signs. Anyone care to take a guess of where Myck ends up committing? I will go with NC, I think they could really use a PG like Myck, but Texas has to still be a favorite I believe.


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Duke. I think he lands with

Duke. I think he lands with Duke.

Right now, Duke's 2011 class has Austin Rivers and Micheal Gbinije. He could be the point guard to that superstar class. Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler are all potentially leaving and those 3 could come right in and play right away.

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I believe he has a chance to

I believe he has a chance to become a star at Syracuse, with him and Triche in the backcourt together, but I look for Duke to edge everyone as a strong favorite.

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For what its worth, he has

For what its worth, he has been interested in Duke and playing with Rivers for a while. His wavering commitment to UT hasn't been a very well kept secret, and supposedly he contacted Kyrie Irving a long time ago.

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I also think he will end up

I also think he will end up at Syracuse.

This will start to be a trend with Canadians because of the international fame and success of Andy Rautins

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McDunkin, that seems highly

McDunkin, that seems highly unlikely.

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Syracuse

I think besides Calipari, Jimmy B is the man cashin checks the fastest these days......and he won't go to Kentucky cuz they already got Teague for next year.....plus he could make Syracuse national contenders with what they already got....the backcourt would be him and Trevor Cooney....and for the record, Myck is already the PG star of this class.....

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Yea there's no way two point

Yea there's no way two point guards would pick Kentucky. That has never happened

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except for last year

when they had Wall and Bledsoe.....

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Ummm yeah I was being

Ummm yeah I was being sarcastic 

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however

I don't think the 2 best point guards in the class are gonna go there.....

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I highly doubt he goes

I highly doubt he goes anywhere but Duke.

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hmmmm

why would he not go to Cuse????? He would have to split a lot of time at Duke.....he would still start though (assuming Irving will go pro).....but at Cuse he would be the man and probably have a couple nice big men to work with....

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Because first of all there

Because first of all there have been rumors of Kabongo to Duke for a long time. Also he is very good friends with Austin Rivers and has expressed the desire to play with him. I know players say this all the time, but in this instance it actually seems to be the case. Also, were Kabongo to come, the starting lineup would most likely be:

Kabongo

Dawkins/Curry

Rivers

Plumlee

Plumlee

with either Dawkins or Curry being the first one off the bench. Rivers is reportedly 6'5 in socks now, and perfectly capable of guarding college 3s.

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Never doubt coach cal. He

Never doubt coach cal. He got cousins to come even though orton was there. If he really wants someone there's always a good chance he gets him. Also teauge is a score first pg so I doubt he has a problem sliding over to the 2

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He got cousins to come even

He got cousins to come even though orton was there. If he really wants someone there's always a good chance he gets him. Also teauge is a score first pg so I doubt he has a problem sliding over to the 2

Uhh...Cousins already committed to him when he was at Memphis. Orton was a Gillespie committ who considered leaving. Cousins was Calipari lock. Orton was the guy who was waviering.

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Teague is score 1st, but he's

Teague is score 1st, but he's also ball-dominant. Kabongo needs the ball to be effective too. Kentucky would be much worse fit for him as opposed to Cuse or Duke.

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yeah

and that was retarded of Orton.....he shoulda left.....

I didn't know that I'myourfather.....it makes sense though.....when it comes to top level guys they can play with their boys if they so choose....it rarely works because one is way better than the other....any coach in the country would love to have Rivers and Kabongo.....

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I guess I get it, but do they really need that many guards? I mean, they are very deep at the position, and than add Rivers/Kabongo that could very well make them just as deep as they are now, but you really want a three guard line-up and the Plumlee's? To me, that does not spell championship, unless of course you find a semblance of a replacement for Singler. Ryan Kelly looked like a solid prospect, but he is no Kyle Singler, that is for certain and they really do seem to be lacking on the wing. Plus, if Mason Plumlee leaves, which I think is a major possibility, along with of course Irving, who is definitely one and done, than they could be very weak up front. Are Josh Hairston and Mike Gbinije really good enough to pick up the slack? I do not know, but all I do know is, Duke has signed some great guards these past few years, and some decent post type combo's, but no real replacement for Kyle Singler, who has been the team MVP (or damn close for those who favored Scheyer) the past few years. To me, that has to be a worry for the Duke program, especially with the loss of Tyler Adams from their class, as he was a big dude who would have helped with depth up front. Marshall Plumlee seems to be a very skinny project, and Gbinije is good, but Singler was damn special. I pretty much believe that any year Kyle left school, he more than likely would have been a first round pick, and seems to be pretty much a lock for the lottery. I am not a Duke fan, I think Coach K is amazing and they are an amazing program, but I am just one of those people that roots against them. But, when looking at the NCAA tournament last year, I think maybe even this site had a question of who was the better of Kyle Singler and Gordon Heyward, and I had to go with Kyle, as it is just straight up true. Gordon may have a bit more potential and be slightly more athletic, but for my money, Kyle Singler is a better basketball player. Duke will more than likely be an incredibly special team this year, they have all the tools to be and in my heart of hearts I can not see anyone beating them other than themselves. But, after losing Singler and Nolan Smith, and more than likely Plumlee and Irving, they will have a tough time living up to the past couple years. Rivers may indeed be the best NBA prospect they will have out of any of the past 3 years in Duke b-ball, and Kabongo might be in the top 5 as far as where he gets picked, but where does that leave a player like Seth Curry? Did he not come to Duke to play serious minutes? I just would think that team could struggle, and while a 3 guard line-up might be fun to watch, how effective would they be? Would it just be zone heaven for them? If Marshall Plumlee stays to play with Miles, would that be a championship front court without a guy like Singler, who at times had to play 5 and has played 4 way more than he should as he is a natural wing? That would be my thinking on the whole thing. I think NC has been dying for a PG like Kabongo, as they really could use him to get to where they want to go, and he might indeed be the center piece of a team. But, I guess playing at Duke would not be bad, and he and Rivers would be a very crazy backcourt.

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I guess I get it, but do they

I guess I get it, but do they really need that many guards?

Uh...Yes. Duke would have Myck ( if he commits), Rivers, Gbinjie, Curry, Dawkins and Thornton in 2011. That's pretty good because odds are Rivers leaves after a year.

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MikeyV I don't think you

MikeyV

I don't think you mentioned Gbinjie, who I think would be a key player on the wing. Also as I said, Rivers has supposedly grown to 6'5 without shoes, so basketball wise, probably 6'6. So he would be less of a guard in college, although definitely one in the NBA.

The lineup I think would be

Kabongo: 6'2, Thornton, Curry

Curry 6'2, Dawkins, Gbinjie

Rivers 6'5?, Dawkins, Gbinjie

Mason 6'11, Kelly, Hairston

Miles 6'10, Marshall, Kelly Hairston

Gbinjie is a prototypical wing, and he and Dawkins both have the size to play the college 3, along with rivers.

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What highschool start point

What highschool start point guard isn't ball dominate in highschool?  Bledose was. Wall was. Pretty much every star is when in highschool. 

And I know orton wasn't a coach cal recruit and I know cousins was gonna go to
Memphis. My point is Orton was still at Kentucky before cousins(commitment wise) but cousin still decided to go there knowing he would have competition for the starting spot( which ended up not being much of a competition)

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I made this point before with

I made this point before with this example

If victor page and Allen iverson can work together in college then anyone can( I can't think of two other more ball dominate highschool players ever)

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"What highschool start point

"What highschool start point guard isn't ball dominate in highschool? Bledose was. Wall was. Pretty much every star is when in highschool."

"If victor page and Allen iverson can work together in college then anyone can( I can't think of two other more ball dominate highschool players ever)"

They are going to not only be ball-dominant in HS, but in college too. There is a different dynamic when you are teamed with a guy with just as much talent as you. I don't doubt they would be productive in some capacity, but at what cost? Going somewhere you can play and have the ball as much as you want and still be successful, or playing with a guy who needs the ball just as much if not more than you do? They could work, but for every "Allen Iverson with Victor Page scenario" there is a "Tommy Mason-Griffin with Willie Warren." Keep that in mind.

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 my point was they could

 my point was they could work. Key word being could. You stated that they couldn't work because they are ball dominate. Which is saying there's a 100percent chance that it would not work which is not true.  There's a chance it could or couldn't work my comment wasn't a definate. It was a possibly work comment. Saying it couldn't work is a definate comment but history shows that it could work

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Also in college guards aren't

Also in college guards aren't as ball dominate as they were in highschool unless that's he way a coach wants it. If not then they will run the offense that the coach puts in. It works wayyy more then it doesn't work because every top program and most small programs has a back court where both guards were ball dominate in highschool 

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"You stated that they

"You stated that they couldn't work because they are ball dominate. Which is saying there's a 100percent chance that it would not work which is not true."

I'd be very interested to see you find where I said that.

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Mymistake but my point still

Mymistake but my point still stands as far as ball dominate highschool players can work in college because it works every year with just about every college

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I don't doubt they would be

I don't doubt they would be productive in some capacity, but at what cost? Going somewhere you can play and have the ball as much as you want and still be successful, or playing with a guy who needs the ball just as much if not more than you do? They could work, but for every "Allen Iverson with Victor Page scenario" there is a "Tommy Mason-Griffin with Willie Warren." Keep that in mind.

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I do tend to agree with

I do tend to agree with Quincey on that. Lots of players are very dominant in high school and aau because they need to be for their teams to win. Many of those players give up the ball much more in college when they have better teammates.

On the flip side, there have been lots of examples, such as the Mason-Griffin Warren one, where two ball dominant players haven't been able to mesh. However, as he said, there have been some examples where they have been able to work together successfully, I would point to Jason Williams and Chris Duhon, where both were essentially playing the 1, and both averaged 5+ apg. I actually do think that Kabongo and Teague could play pretty well together for one year, because Teague is much more of a scoring pg.

But, I think all this is a moot point, because he's going to Duke.

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I honestly question whether

I honestly question whether you guys actually read what people post when you respond to what goes on.

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History has shown it works

History has shown it works  more then it doesn't. You name any top
Team and 99percent of the time the backcourt was ball dominate in highschool

Nolan smith and schyer both ball dominate in hs. Even shingler

Felton Ellington 
Duhon Jason Williams

The list goes on and on and on. In highschool they all were ball dominate in college they had to adjust. That's what happens when u go from highschool to college. 

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I'm sorry if I misunderstood

I'm sorry if I misunderstood you Iggy, I actually thought I was agreeing with you to a certain extent.

I was responding to:

"I don't doubt they would be productive in some capacity, but at what cost? Going somewhere you can play and have the ball as much as you want and still be successful, or playing with a guy who needs the ball just as much if not more than you do? They could work, but for every "Allen Iverson with Victor Page scenario" there is a "Tommy Mason-Griffin with Willie Warren." Keep that in mind."

I agree that most of the time two ball dominant guards struggle to play together. But there have been examples where it has worked, and I actually think this is an example where it could work.

But, yet again, I think he ends up at Duke.

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Nolan Smith and John

Nolan Smith and John Scheyer's game complimented each others better than Teague and Kabongo's does. So did Ellington and Lawson. And so did Williams and Duhon. They were ball-dominant in HS as most D-1 basketball players were, but figuring how players compliment each is important. I'm not saying they wouldn't be productive, but why play with Teague when you can play with Syracuse or Duke when the talent on those teams compliment what you do better? And could also give you a better chance of winning when it matters?

I actually guarantee that if Kabongo and Teague played on the same team, they wouldn't win a title. All 3 of those examples you used where tduos that won titles.

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Exactly.  I think it doesn't

Exactly.  I think it doesn't work sometimes because the coach doesn't make it work. The players most of the time are running plays. It tends to become a problem when the players decide to do there own thing.  It would work more so in kentucky's offense because of the dribble drive

Certain coachs know how to make it work with two dominate guards. Capel obviously couldnt

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Again, I'm not questioning if

Again, I'm not questioning if it could work. I'm questioning AT WHAT COST it could work. Plain and simple.

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No one knows if they would

No one knows if they would win a title together or not so that point is moot

I feel they could work in a dribble drive offense.  It's worked before in college and could work again.  No one knows will it because we can't tell the future but it's possible that it would work just like it's possible it won't work. There's no definate right answer either way. It's all opinion

and we don't know if they would compliment each other because they have not played together so it's just guess work

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That's fair enough, and I'm

That's fair enough, and I'm sure that's something that Kabongo is taking into consideration. I think it's also worth noting that perhaps Williams and Duhon worked together so well because Williams was older and more talented, and Duhon was really willing to defer. I don't know if that'd be the case at UK. Although it might be, because as much as I don't like him, Calipari has shown a knack for making big egos work together.

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Once again, for the 100th

Once again, for the 100th time, I'm not saying they wouldn't work lol. I'm questioning why he would go to Kentucky over Duke or Syracuse. It doesn't make sense for him to go to Kentucky is my point.

Also, why bring up those duos and then say an opinion is moot about them? Basically you're saying this backcourt would be a tandem that leads a team to a title in 1 season by comparing them to the 3 duos you listed. How does your point have merit but my debate against them have no merit? Unfair?

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It could work at no cost.

It could work at no cost. Then again it could also work at a cost.  Thing is none of us know if it could or not
also plain and simple

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60% he goes to duke and all

60% he goes to duke and all the rest of teams can spilt the other 40%...i wouldnt be shock if Caoch Cal gets him

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I stand corrected, it is

I stand corrected, it is starting to look like Kabongo to Duke might not happen, because supposedly Cooke is about to commit and there won't be room. Personally I wish Cooke would commit to UCLA so Duke could have Kabongo.

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Duke needs to stop stealing

Duke needs to stop stealing our MD/DC players

Danny ferry
Nate James
thortan
Josh hairiston
maybe quin cook

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Isn't Nolan smith from that

Isn't Nolan smith from that area too? Do you still support DMV players if they go to Duke, or are you not able to as a Maryland fan?

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I'm not positive about Smith,

I'm not positive about Smith, but I'm pretty sure he is from that area and is a DC Assault guy, although he played at Oak Hill and so he didn't play there.

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Nolan Smith is from Maryland,

Nolan Smith is from Maryland, but he played for Oak Hill Academy.

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Yea. I don't know how I

Yea. I don't know how I forgot about him as a fellow dc assault alumn

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OMG WOW. Im late on this

OMG WOW. Im late on this news! I hope stays away from the Big East, and of course there is no better place to play in D-1 basketball then Duke and Coach K.

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dude

don't get me wrong.....I would take Teague and Myck on my team any day and make it work somehow.....but its probably not gonna happen....

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Im your father??????

shouldnt you guys have another scholarships open after Tyler Adams decommited?

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Yes, but we aren't going to

Yes, but we aren't going to take Cooke and Kabongo and Cooke has an offer. Realistically, Cooke wanted to go to UNC, but it doesn't look like he's going to get an offer from Roy. Cooke seemed to back off from Duke, and things started to heat up with Kabongo, who most likely would have been a blue devil. But now it looks as though Cooke is going to accept his offer from Duke, which actually means UNC might have a good shot with Kabongo.

I don't really know what to think about this. Cooke is a great kid and a good talent, but it kind of seems like he is just settling for Duke(Although granted there have been some great Duke players that grew up UNC fans). Frankly I'd rather have Kabongo, who seemed pretty enthusiastic about Duke and is a better talent.

But who knows, maybe Williams will end up offering Cooke and he will be a tarheel, leaving Kabongo for Duke. But either way we get an excellent point guard, so I guess I'm happy.

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