NCAA suspends Texas guard Myck Kabongo for entire season
The NCAA is looking at whether Myck Kabongo paid for an NBA-style workout and retained an agent in May, as well as if the Texas were aware of his intentions to head to Cleveland for a May workout following his freshman season.
After deciding to declare for the NBA drafts last season, Myck Kabongo had a workout with fellow Canadian and former Texas player Tristan Thompson, who is currently a second-year pro with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But what the NCAA is particular looking at is if Myck Kabongo intentionally meant to hide some information when he forgot mentioning that trainer Jerry Powell and NBA agent Rich Paul, who also represents Miami Heat player LeBron James, were also present during the workout.
Although Myck Kabongo initially decided to declare for the 2012 NBA drafts, he opted to go back to college in hopes of improving his chances of being picked in the lottery.
According to the NCAA’s policy a player can be suspended for over 10 games and due to the transgression repayment of any such impermissible benefits gained. So, Myck Kabongo’s penalty will cut in to a seaoson-long suspension for concealing the complete information relevant to the case from the NCAA.
"A final decision has not been made in Myck Kabango's eligibility case,” Texas Athletics issued in a statement regarding Myck Kabongo’s possible suspension. “We and the NCAA are working together and a final decision is expected within the next few days."
"There is process that every student athlete goes through and I can only feel you that process is not done we are in the middle of that process," Texas coach Rick Barnes said late Wednesday. "Every student athlete is entitle to a process if something comes up and that process is ongoing."
Myck Kabongo is believed to appeal-reinstatement process to the suspension on Thursday, according to sources.
After stating 34 games last season, Myck Kabongo was expected to build off a freshman campaign through which he averaged 9.6 point and 5.2 assist per game, leading Texas to a 20-14 record and a to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot-2-inch Myck Kabongo is currently a No.34 NBA Draft Prospect, according to Draft Express. However, now Myck Kabongo’s options for the rest of the college basketball season are unclear. Myck Kabongo will be eligible to sign a professional contract overseas if he draws interest. Otherwise, Myck Kabongo could always return to Texas finish sophomore year and either enter the NBA Drafts in spring or continue his 2013-14 campaign with the Longhorns.