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Friday / January 19.
  • St. Benedict's Running Buddies

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It was 5 a.m. on a spring day in 2007 when Myck Kabongo and Tristan Thompson, two young basketball players from Ontario, Canada, jumped into a rental car with their coach from the Grassroots Canada basketball program. Coach Ro Russell and the two prospects embarked on a seven-hour drive to St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J.

    Kabongo, a 6-foot-2 point guard born in Zaire and raised in Toronto, Ontario, didn’t know much about the school – other than it had produced an NBA guard.

    “I knew it had J.R. Smith [of the Denver Nuggets],” Kabongo recalled. “I was like, ‘They must have a good coach. I want to play at that level.’ ”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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