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MFIONDU KABENGELE

#25

Player profile

position
Forward
height
6-9
weight
235
year
R-Freshman
hometown
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
high school
Don Bosco Prep (Ind.)

ON KABENGELE

A highly motivated forward who will earn playing time for the first time in his career during the 2017-18 season…in his second season as a member of the Seminole basketball team after redshirting as a freshman…one of the Seminoles’ hardest workers and best teammates who is a great personality inside the Seminoles’ locker room…considered to be a smart rebounder who has the ability to grab rebounds before an opposing defender because of his high basketball IQ and quick jumping abilities…his ability to get up off of the floor has also helped him develop into a first-rate shot blocker… has good basketball handling skills and is an excellent passer…can both face up and play with his back to the basket with equal success…a strong passer…an outstanding shot-blocker…grew by three inches during his only season at Don Bosco…has been measured with a 7-3 wingspan…ranked as the 65th best prep player nationally by 247sports.com entering college for the 2016-17 season…ranked as a top 10 player in the state of Indiana according to 247sports.com following his prep season at Don Bosco… academically talented as he helped the Seminoles earn a team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC for the 2016-17 season…earned the Unsung Hero Award at the Florida State Basketball Banquet in 2017 as presented by the Seminole coaching staff.

AS A FRESHMAN (2017)

A redshirt season…practiced and traveled with the Seminoles throughout the season…one of the most active Seminoles in terms of preparation as he could regularly be found working on and improving his game…one of the Seminoles’ hardest workers in practice…worked directly with Seminoles’ Associate Head Coach Stan Jones before and after each daily practice and extensively before every home game…Jones put Kabengele through a more rigorous workout that what many players would see in a game as the two worked to improve his skill and prepare him for the 2017-18 season.

AT DON BOSCO PREP

Averaged a double double of 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field, 81 percent from the free throw line and 38 percent from the 3-point line during his postgraduate year at the school…totaled a double double of 25 points and 11 rebounds against Malcom X Junior College on Dec. 14, 2016…Plays for the Canada Drive Basketball AAU team…Don Bosco Prep is located just about one hour outside of Chicago…Including Kabengele, there are 14 Don Bosco alums playing Division I Basketball including Chris Palombizio of Oakland (Mich.), Zoran Talley of Old Dominion, David Skara of Clemson, Vlatko Granic of Loyola of Chicago and Jaycee Hillsman of San Jose State…

AT BURLINGTON CORPUS CHRISTI

Graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 2015…averaged 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior at Corpus Christi…totaled a double double of 18 points and 14 rebounds against Vaughn High School…Vaughn is a top five team in the Ontario…hit the game-winning 3-point shot to lift Corpus Christo past Halton High School in the Catholic Cup Finals as a senior…

PERSONAL

Born August 14, 1997…Mfiondu is the son of Tshilongo and Tshimanga Kabengele…played with Notre Dame guard Nikola Djogo at Don Bosco in 2016…the nephew of former NBA standout Dikembe Mutombo…his mother is a sister of Mutombo, who entered the NBA Hall of Fame in 2015 and is widely known for his humanitarian work outside of basketball…selected Florida State over Wisconsin, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Boston College…academic major is marketing.