The Texas Longhorns will receive a boost in the midst of their 10-13 season (2-8 Big 12) with the season debut of sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo on Wednesday night versus Iowa State.
Kabongo has completed his NCAA-mandated 23-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits last summer and then providing false statements on two separate interviews. He accepted a $475 plane ticket to Ohio to work out with longtime friend and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson. On Dec. 19, the NCAA originally banned Kabongo for the entire season; however, UT submitted an appeal shortly thereafter and won, cutting his suspension to 23 games.
On Monday afternoon, Kabongo released the following statement through the school:
“I am ready to start playing with my team again and putting behind me the last several months. When I went to Cleveland last summer, I did not intend to break any rules and did not believe I had broken any. I should have been upfront with UT about everything the first time I had a chance, but I’m glad that I corrected my mistake and I’m glad that I was truthful with the NCAA.
I have learned a lot about myself and what is important to me through this process. I have a great team, and they have supported me all year. I believe I am a better teammate and am looking forward to finishing the season with my team. I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for sticking by and supporting me all year.”