Got Next: Kevin Zabo
Published by Jesse Feith on June 24, 2010
The words “potential” and “prospect” are thrown around with such ease these days by scouts and reporters that the lines between actual players and kids who have played one good game at the right time have become more blurred than ever. Kevin Zabo understands this.
The thing is though, it takes more than just one good game to average 28.5 ppg last year playing for the Hull Dragons in the Montreal Basketball League.
It takes more than just one good game to win that same league’s MVP award, not to mention doing it at the age of 14 in the league’s Juvenile category ( 18 and under).
It takes more than just one good game to have an entire province’s basketball federation salivating at your every move, crossing their fingers that you plan on representing their name on your chest over the next few summers.
Kevin Zabo has proved, time after time, game after game that he deserves to be mentioned with the best of his class (2014), and it’s been that way for a while now.
Praised from right to left since he was thirteen years old, Zabo has been running the point for Team Quebec’s U-15 squad and his game has continued to evolve to the point where he is now a 6-foot-1, 170 pounds score-first point guard who extremely smooth with the ball to go along with an impressive bag of tricks that allows him to get to the basket and finish seemingly at will.
Better yet, when defenders do find a way to stay in front of him and cut off his path, his basketball smarts and creativity as a playmaker allow him to find his teammates when they’re open.
Relentlessly looking to improve his game, Zabo acknowledges his weaknesses.
“One aspect of my game I really need to improve is my shooting,” Zabo said. “I’m not consistent enough yet.”
The Hull star will have the summer to work on his jumper as he balls with the AAU team Qc United and runs the show for team Quebec at this year’s Nationals in August.
After a summer of hard work, he’ll be taking his game down south, entering St. Mark’s High School in Massachusetts as a freshman in September, where he’ll try to leave his mark on the program just like he did on his province.