SB Nation is posting scouting reports of each prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft. Learn more about Texas point guard Myck Kabongo.
NAME: Myck Kabongo
AGE ON DRAFT NIGHT: 21 years, five months
POSITION: Point guard
MEASUREMENTS: 6'3, 180 pounds, 6'6.25 wingspan, 8'2 standing reach
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RELEVANT ADVANCED STATS: 11 games. That's how many he played this season. Even for the NCAA, what they did to Kabongo was pretty absurd.
SB NATION BIG BOARD POSITION: No. 32.
NBA CEILING: Jeff Teague
NBA FLOOR: NBA Developmental League
JONATHAN TJARKS' ANALYSIS
Myck Kabongo initially declared for the draft last season, but decided to come back to improve his stock. Instead, an NCAA investigation into his workout with a professional trainer resulted in a 23-game suspension. When he came back, he averaged 15 points, 5.5 assists and five rebounds on 42 percent shooting. You can't even hold that against him too much, considering the state of the Texas team when he returned. They've had four players transfer or leave since the end of the season.
At 6'3 and 180 pounds with a 6'6 wingspan, Kabongo has prototypical size and speed for the point-guard position. By the end of the first round, his physical talent alone makes him worth the gamble. After missing out on so many game reps this season, Kabongo would really benefit from a year of consistent playing time in the D-League. If he gains experience and comes back with a jumper, he could end up as one of the bigger steals of the draft.
At the very least, you have to consider how he would have performed in a more favorable situation. Put him in Kendall Marshall's shoes at North Carolina or Marquis Teague's at Kentucky, and there's no telling how high he would have been ranked.
DRAFT EXPRESS' MYCK KABONGO INTERVIEW
OTHER SB NATION SCOUTING REPORTS
Kabongo has some of the same holes in his game as [Michael] Carter-Williams and [Lorenzo] Brown. Like Brown, Kabongo can get to the rim seemingly whenever he wants. Kabongo is a strong playmaker, but he will have a hard time realizing his potential without developing a credible shot.
As a collegiate athlete, the biggest knock against Kabongo was always his jump shot. And though he's been working on it, it still hasn't reached a level that makes him a full-time starter in the NBA. He looked rusty coming off his suspension this season but his performance against Oklahoma was eye-opening and he really looked like the potential top-10 guy whom scouts came to know in high school. In that game, he scored 31 points on 13 shots, grabbed eight boards, dished six assists and recored four steals.
But just a month later, his 0-for-12 performance against Texas Tech raised more red flags. In the first day of the Combine, he ended as the worst jump shooter, shooting just 32 percent from the floor.
Myck Kabongo is best when he's driving to the basket because his passing ability is a threat, but he would be even better if he had a 15-foot jumper. If Kabongo can develop that jump shot, it will open up his sky-high potential in the pick and roll. Right now, he really has to fight through defenders because they are sagging off of him. If they had to contest a jumper, he likely would have more opportunities getting to the rim. When Kabongo does get to the basket, he throws up a lot of "miracle" layups (like this one) but everything is harder than it really should be. His great ball handling skills and spin moves get him to the rim but he lacks a left hand when finishing. He always finishes with his right, which forces him to make difficult layups.
Pro: Really showed he could get anywhere he wants to on the court. His percentage of shots at the rim was 5th highest for a perimeter player over the last three years (53%). His FTA/FGA is the highest of any perimeter player over the last three years (0.70).
Con: His size and athleticism are not elite. He is basically Marquis Teague 2.0 as a shooter/distributor: