HoopsHype Myck Kabongo rumors

May 11, 2013 Updates
May 10, 2013 Updates

In preparation for the 2013 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz will hold pre-draft workouts on Saturday, May 11 at the team’s practice facility, Zions Bank Basketball Center. Six players will work out for the Jazz basketball staff: James Ennis, Jamelle Hagins, Colton Iverson, Myck Kabongo, Mike Snaer and Nate Wolters. NBA.com

April 16, 2013 Updates

Chris Broussard: Texas' Myck Kabongo signs w/Rich Paul's Klutch Sports, sources say. Kabongo - 14p, 5a, 5r - seen as 1R pick, range is late lotto to early 2R Twitter

April 12, 2013 Updates
April 11, 2013 Updates

Texas sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo declined to say Thursday whether he’s decided to enter the NBA draft, but said he expects to make an announcement “sooner rather than later.” A UT source said Kabongo could publicly reveal his intentions as early as Friday. Speaking to reporters before the Longhorns’ season-ending basketball banquet, Kabongo said he’s been attending classes, but that he’d also requested a draft evaluation from the NBA, which underclassmen are allowed to do. The deadline to enter the draft is April 28. San Antonio Express-News

March 26, 2013 Updates

Diego (Montreal) What about Myck Kabongo as a sleeper? Would be a potential lottery pick if he had played the whole season? Chad Ford (1:43 PM) Some scouts still believe Kabongo may sneak into the lottery. He's going to need great workouts, but they loved him in high school and think the Texas system was a poor one for his skills. ESPN.com

March 13, 2013 Updates

Arthur (Arizona) Would the Jazz draft Trey Burke is he was available? Would they draft Cauley-Stein as a 3rd big? Chad Ford (1:23 PM) I have the Jazz taking Burke at No. 14 in our Lottery Mock Draft Machine. Not totally sure he'll be there, but if he is, seems like a good fit. PG is a priority for them. Michael Carter-Williams is a possibility for them if he slides. I hear they also like Myck Kabongo and Lorenzo Brown a bit. Ditto for Nate Wolters. But 14 might be a little high for all of those guys. ESPN.com

February 24, 2013 Updates

Kabongo can make up ground in pre-draft workouts that can dramatically alter a draft standing, in another sign of how much scouts and executives value entire seasons of college ball, but for now there is doubt whether he can even break out from the NCAA pack, let alone the NBA. “I don’t know if he’s shown people enough,” one front-office veteran said. “I really don’t.” NBA.com

February 11, 2013 Updates
December 22, 2012 Updates

Texas sophomore Myck Kabongo has been hit with a 23-game suspension by the NCAA for accepting impermissible benefits and providing false statements during two separate internal meetings with university officials. The NCAA announced the decision Friday, two days after Yahoo! Sports reported Kabongo wasn't honest regarding how he paid for a trip to Cleveland this past summer and would be hit with a season-long suspension. The Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement modified the decision after hearing the university's appeal Thursday. CBSSports.com

December 21, 2012 Updates

Myck Kabongo’s season-long NCAA ban is under expedited appeal. A source familiar with the University of Texas point guard told Yahoo! Sports that Texas appealed the NCAA's season-long ban on Thursday. Texas officials had a dialogue with the NCAA's eligibility committee on Thursday as part of the appeal. The school and player are now awaiting the outcome of that appeal, which could come as soon as Friday. The Longhorns have sought to have the star point guard immediately reinstated, but Texas could also achieve a reduction in Kabongo's suspension. Yahoo! Sports

Sources with ties to the Texas basketball program told Yahoo! Sports that Kabongo was suspended for the remainder of the season on Wednesday. The suspension stemmed from inaccuracies in his interviews during an NCAA probe into Kabongo’s relationship with an agent and an alleged predraft workout in Cleveland last May. Yahoo! Sports

December 20, 2012 Updates

Texas guard Myck Kabongo will be suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season, Yahoo! Sports has learned. As the NCAA investigated Kabongo's amateur status over the past several months, Texas held Kabongo out of the lineup. The NCAA's investigation has centered around whether Kabongo, a one-time potential NBA first-round draft pick, received impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul, who represents NBA superstar LeBron James and two former Texas Longhorns players: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph. Yahoo! Sports

In most impermissible benefits situations, players usually are suspended from three to 10 games and ordered to repay the amount of the benefits received. In this case, the penalty was made more severe because Kabongo provided inaccurate information to NCAA investigators when he was interviewed, sources with ties to Texas' basketball program said. Yahoo! Sports

Powell told Yahoo! Sports that he had a previous relationship with Kabongo through "someone I know who [Kabongo] played a tournament with once." Powell did not disclose who that person is, why he had traveled to Cleveland or how the workout was arranged. "After [the workout] was over, I just went back to my hotel room," Powell said. "I'm not aligned with Rich. I did the workout. That's all I did." An agent is allowed to have a relationship with a prospect and his family, but providing or promising financial benefits could place the player's college eligibility in peril. If the NCAA uncovers violations, Kabongo's eligibility could be compromised. Yahoo! Sports

November 20, 2012 Updates

A number of NBA GMs -- including the Celtics’ Danny Ainge, the Jazz’s Kevin O’Connor, Bulls’ Gar Forman, the Warriors Bob Myers and the Blazers Neil Olshey -- were in attendance. Overall, they are seeing the same phenomenon here that they are seeing everywhere. This is a down season, talent wise, in the NCAA. “If Cody Zeller, Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel and James McAdoo are your top four picks, it’s going to be an ugly, ugly draft.” Other than McAdoo, I couldn’t find a scout or GM convinced there was another first-round prospect here. If Kabongo plays, that could be two. But that explains, in part, why the field is so weak. ESPN.com

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