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Pirates seeing treasure in Kabongo
By: Barry Hayes
Kabongo to ECU
Kabongo to ECU

Christian Kabongo becomes the third Canadian to make a Division 1 commitment within the last five days, as the former Scadding Court and Grassroots Canada AAU star settled his future.

Kabongo is a very explosive 6’4” wing with a scorer’s mentality. He will find ways to the rim and finish strong with his mature body and impressive athleticism. He is currently attending a prep school - God’s Academy in Dallas, Texas - with plans to join the East Carolina Pirates in January.

Last year, Kabongo was under the radar due to spending time at two different schools – Zion Lutheran (FL) and Central Commerce (Toronto, ON). However, he made a name for himself on the AAU scene, where former Grassroots Canada coach and new East Carolina Director of Basketball Operations, John Ashaolu, knew him well.

East Carolina was 13-17 overall (5-11 in conference) last year as a member of Conference USA.

Updated NCAA D1 Verbal Commitments by Canadians

Tristan Thompson 6’9” F (Texas)
Brady Heslip 6’1” PG (Boston College*)
Jordan Bachynski 7’2” C (Arizona State)
Dwight Powell 6’10” F (Stanford)
Marvell Waithe 6’9” F (Arkansas)
Kadeem Green 6’8” F (Missouri)
Melvin Ejim 6’6” F (Iowa State)
Christian Kabongo 6’4” G/F (East Carolina*)
Jabs Newby 6’1” PG (Eastern Kentucky)
Riley Barker 6’9” C (Portland)
Manny Sahota 6’5” F (Cornell)

*Heslip and Kabongo plan to join their teams in January

Myck Kabongo 6’2” PG (Texas)
Dylan Ennis 6’0” PG (Akron)

Richard Peters 6’9” C (Oklahoma)