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CLASS OF 2014 INTRO: KEVIN ZABO
As mentioned in our Class of 2014 Intro of Marial Shayok yesterday, the Canadian basketball pipeline to US prep schools and high-major programs is not looking to slow down any time soon. Another player to watch this summer and beyond is 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard Kevin Zabo. Unlike his CIA Bounce 16U teammate Shayok, Zabo is a name more familiar with recruitniks in the United States as he already has spent two years in American prep schools. The native of Quebec started at St. Mark’s in New England and spent last season at Montrose Christian playing for long time coach Stu Vetter. This coming fall Zabo will take his talents to Brewster Academy and the continued exposure will only make him a more well-known commodity in recruiting cirles.
Zabo has already done a good job this spring and early summer in promoting his game. He has been a key performer in a run of solid showings from CIA Bounce and also performed well at the Pangos All-American Camp and Nike 100 recently. His highlight of the early season AAU circuit came during the open evaluation period back in April.
“It has to be [the] Boo Williams EYBL event,” Zabo responded when asked about his highlight this spring. “[I] Played really well and led the team to the semifinals.”
NBE certainly agrees with Zabo’s assesment in his game. Here is what Brian Bosworth, the NBE National Recruiting Analyst reported on Zabo following seeing him in action:
Zabo was simply too good for the 16U competition. The NY Lightning didn’t have a defender that could stay in front of Zabo and once he realized this constantly attacked the rim. He’s also very fast end to end with the ball and pushed tempo for CIA leading to a plethora of easy buckets.
Zabo, who considers himself a scoring point guard that can also run a team, is excited for the upcoming season at Brewster with coach Jason Smith and staff.
“My goal for next season is to improve as much as I can as I’m getting closer to college,” he said. “I’m looking foward to going to Brewster and to hopefully help them win another national championship.”
With camps and his participation with the Canandian National Team, Zabo has not had the opportunity to make any unofficial visits as part of the recruiting process or planned any in the near future because of that schedule. He is planning to take his time in the process and has yet to delve head first into his recruitment, but did hint of a potential dream school that would be hard to beat.
“I’m considering all the colleges at this point because I still have a lot of time before making my decision,” he said. “My dream school is UCLA so we’ll see.”
As a rising junior, June 15th is a big date in the recruitment of players in his class. In the past it was the first day colleges could contact a player in the class and then were allowed one phone call a month for the next 12 months. While the 15th of June is still the first day colleges can initiate contact with rising junior prospects, the rules have changed to allow unlimited phone calls, text message and social media messaging between players and coaches. Zabo is curious how the change will be managed by all parties.
“I think I willl get used to it at some point, but I have to admit it’s going to be hard to manage,” he said.
When NBE Sports was in contact with Zabo last week he mentioned the schools that had already reached out to him.
“Coach Chillious from Washington University at 12:30 am [was the first school to contact me],” he said. “I’ve heard from West Virginia, George Washington and Texas A&M [too].”
Zabo told NBE Sports that West Virginia and George Washington had previously offered scholarships and the interest received from Washington and Texas A&M was new.
With the busy summer ahead on the court with CIA Bounce follopwing an impressive run of AAU events and camps, Kevin Zabo will be a player many college coaches make a point to check out during the month of July. With his move to Brewster Academy next fall you can expect to be hearing a lot from this exciting Class of 2014 point guard in the future.