Kabongo can salvage season of disappointment

Kabongo can salvage season of disappointment
February 13, 2013, 8:00 am
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Wednesday night’s matchup with Iowa State has been marked on the calendar of Longhorn hoops supporters since the beginning of the season…they just weren’t aware of it at the time.

Sophomore point guard, Myck Kabongo, will make his long awaited debut for the 2012-2013 season for Texas against the Cyclones. The last several months have been a whirlwind of uncertainty for the Canada native, as his eligibility has been in limbo since it was determined he received improper benefits in the form of a plane ticket.  

Originally ruled ineligible for the entire season, UT appealed the NCAA’s decision.  Kabongo’s suspension has spanned 23 games in total, and the Longhorns have missed him dearly in each of them.  

On Wednesday, the slate is wiped clean for the former McDonald’s All-American and top prospect from Findlay Prep.

Kabongo flirted with the NBA before last year’s draft, but ultimately decided a second year in Austin would be the best scenario for his skills and draft stock. To this point, it is largely a mystery where either of those stand. Kabongo has missed out on valuable time to display his ability to potential suitors at the next level.  

These final eight games on Texas’s schedule are crucial to Kabongo’s draft stock. If he shows little rust, and an improved knack for decision-making, he could hear his name in the first round of June’s NBA Draft.  

If he underwhelms and his stock doesn’t improve, he would be best suited to return to Austin for next season.  It would give him the opportunity to play a full slate of games, rather than taking the risk of falling into the second round or going undrafted altogether, where signed contracts are not guaranteed like the first round.