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Myck Kabongo

  • Full Name: Myck Kabongo
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 180
  • Birthdate: January 12, 1992
  • College: Texas
 

Strengths
- True point guard
- Excellent passer
- Athletic
- Solid defender
- Good handle

Weaknesses
- Has to get bigger and stronger
- Inconsistent shooter

NBA projection
Kabongo has been projected as a late first-round pick. He played just 11 games because of an NCAA suspension, but it wasn’t as though scouts didn’t know what Kabongo could do. He’s a pure point guard, a commodity for which NBA teams are always searching. He’ll have to get stronger and improve his jump shot, but he’s an NBA caliber lead guard.

2012-13 Season
Kabongo missed the first 23 games of the season while sitting out a suspension handed down because he accepted airfare and personal training and then misled NCAA investigators about it. That limited him to just 11 games, but he managed to squeeze in a few highlights anyway, including a career-high 31 points against Oklahoma and 19 points and eight assists against Baylor. Despite his abbreviated season he was voted the Longhorns’ MVP.

Key statistics
14.6 ppg | 5.0 rpg | 5.5 apg | 3.3 tpg | 2.0 spg | 37.3 mpg | .418 FG | .296 3PT | .792 FT

Cool statistic
Twenty-four of Kabongo’s 31 points against Oklahoma were scored in the last 7:54 of regulation and overtime as the Longhorns came from 22 points down to win.

Reminds me of...
Erick Barkley

What Insiders Say
Texas coach Rick Barnes
“He is a relentless worker in the gym who strives every day to get better in all phases of the game, and we know that will continue in the future."

What Outsiders Say
Baylor coach Scott Drew
“I thought that down the stretch the difference between this game and the first time we met this year was Myck Kabongo. I thought he really controlled the tempo in the last five minutes and was really able to run the team. He found open people and hit some open threes. His 19 points, eight assists, one turnover and three steals was definitely the difference between this time and the first time we played. When you’ve got a great point guard and have a lead in the last five minutes, it really helps things.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.