Jonathan Kabongo rises to the occasion


Jonathan Kabongo came into the camp as one of the most highly regarded prospects and he has lived up to that thus far. The class of 2018 point guard has liked the first couple days of camp.

“It’s been great here and I really enjoyed playing with Silvio De Sousa because of how dominant he is,” he said. “It’s just been a lot of fun and I’m just enjoying myself down here.”

There a couple of traits he uses to describe the way he plays.

“I do whatever the team needs, I’m a floor general and get other people involved,” said Kabongo. “If I need to score I’ll score and I’ll will try my best to do so in a variety of ways.”

He still sees plenty to improve with his game heading into his sophomore year of high school.

“I’m trying to improve on having my motor on at all times,” he told MADE Hoops. “I want to have that going every game and practice. I think if I do that I will be able to separate myself.”

Playing with an elite level high school team like Huntington Prep has helped him out a great deal.

“It’s helped my game out a lot being at Huntington Prep because I am getting the experience I need,” he said. “It’s now going to be my turn to really step up for my team.”

Kabongo’s older brother Myck, former Findlay Prep and Texas star, just took home The Basketball Tournament title, and a $107,000 share of the $1 million prize, after a tumultuous pro career that’s seen him fall short of what once looked like certain NBA stardom.

“I’m just very proud of him because of how much he’s been through,” said Kabongo. “I’m just happy to see things go well for him and I hope things continue to go well for him because he deserves it due to how hard he works.”

Indiana, Virginia Tech and Washington State have offered the class of 2018 point guard. He doesn’t know much about the recruitment process yet, but does know what he will be searching for in a college program.

“I’m just looking for a place where I can be a leader for a team,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that I have to get the ball every time, but it would be great to control the tempo and lead a team to do big things.”

As the second half of the week for camp begins Kabongo has the same mindset he had coming into the event.

“I’m looking at this the same way I did on the first day,” said the 2018 standout. “I’m just looking to get the most out of the camp and play compete against the best of the best.”

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