Thursday, February 28, 2013
Future bright for Texas if Kabongo stays
With the way Myck Kabongo is playing, Texas could be in for a big year in 2013-14. Last night, the sophomore guard turned in an impressive 31-point performance in a comeback victory over Oklahoma. Thus far, it's the best game of his college career and the performance showed why Kabongo was considered the 11th best player in the ESPN top 100 two years ago. At the moment, Kabongo is not on Chad Ford's latest Big Board and it's likely he'll stay in school another season to improve his draft stock, since contracts are not guaranteed for players chosen in the second round.
After a good but not spectacular 2011-12 campaign, Kabongo returned for his second year. A 23-game suspension to start this season derailed talk that he could leave after this year as well. But in the five games he's played since returning, Kabongo has showed why he was rated so high two years ago. He's shot a blistering 17-25 from the field over the past two contests. In addition to the improved shooting, he's showing signs of growth and proving he can attack the basket, attempting 14 free throws in last night's win. He's now attempted at least 10 shots from the line in three of the five games he's played. It will be interesting to see how much Kabongo continues to improve as the season comes to a close. The Longhorns could begin 2013-14 led by a player who most expected to be a one-and-done or, at the very least, a two-and-through. This could be enormous for Rick Barnes' program and a big reason why they could catapult back into relevance next year.