Mfiondu
Kabengele
Position: C
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 256 lbs
School/Club: Florida State
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 08/14/1997

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to LA Clippers

About Mfiondu Kabengele

Mfiondu Kabengele is a long, late-blooming big man with a strong frame, good athleticism, and a budding skill set.  A lightly regarded prep prospect who grew significantly after opting to spend a prep year at the Bosco Institute, Kabengele redshirted his first year at Florida State before carving out a key role for Leonard Hamilton’s team off the bench in his second season with the program.  Averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, the Burlington, Ontario native provided some flashes of intrigue during the Seminoles Elite Eight run.  Stepping into a larger role off the bench as a sophomore, Kabengele did not start a single game this season, but posted gaudy per-minute numbers averaging 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game to earn All-ACC Honorable mention honors as Florida State once again made it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Chris Dortch feature: FSU's Kabengele ready to excel in reserve role

  • Uncle, Dikembe Mutombo, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 following his storied 18-year NBA career.
     
  • Possesses very good size and terrific length for a center measuring 6’10.25 in shoes with a 7’3 wingspan and a chiseled 256-pound frame.  Good athlete with a nice combination of explosiveness, mobility, and intensity.
     
  • Did not play an especially big role for Florida State in terms of overall volume but factored prominently into what they wanted to do whenever he was on the floor.  Did much of his scoring as a finisher and using his length and energy inside, but flashed potential as a floor spacer, the ability to make some impressive moved in the post, and a knack for drawing fouls. 

Defensive Analysis

  • Struggles with fouls defensively and lacks a degree of experience on the perimeter, but can be impactful defending inside with his size, strength, and mobility.  Recorded several impressive blocks rotating aggressively over from the weakside and showing a quicker second jump than one would expect from a player his size last season.  Has good feet defending away from the rim against switches.
     
  • Allowed only 0.605 points per Post Up possession[86th percentile] as his tools and physicality made him formidable inside.  Shows a bit of versatility and plays with a sense of urgency that could serve him well as his game matures.

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Named to 2019 All-ACC Tournament First Team.
  • 2018-19 All-ACC Honorable Mention choice.
  • 2018 All-ACC Academic Team selection. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Averaged 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.6 minutes, coming off the bench for FSU.
  • Finished ninth in the ACC in blocks (1.51 bpg).
  • Had the 33rd highest free throw rate in the nation (frequency of trips to the line), per FoxSports.com stats.
  • Scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds at Boston College (Jan. 20).
  • Totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals vs. No. 1 Duke (Jan. 12). 

Strengths

  • Intriguing combination of size, skill and motor.
  • Polished inside/out scorer with a soft touch.
  • Uses his length as a rim protector.
  • Competes hard on the glass at both ends of the court. 

Personal

  • Uncle is Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.
  • Mfiondu’s parents, father Tshilongo and mother Tshimanga, are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Canada after Mutumbo was drafted.
  • A guard in High School until the end of his Junior year, when he grew three inches.
  • Spent a post-graduate year at Bosco Institute and then redshirted as an FSU Freshman. 

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