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Myck Kabongo Set for NBA Draft

Photo: Elisabeth Dillon

Photo: Elisabeth Dillon

 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Former University of Texas basketball standout Myck Kabongo will look to have his name called during Thursdaynight’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center. ESPN will provide start-to-finish coverage of the draft beginning at 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern).

In his two seasons in Austin, Kabongo played and started 45 career games and averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 assists in 32.2 minutes per contest. For his career, he converted 138-of-345 (.400) field goals, including 33-of-106 (.311) from three-point range, and 178-of-249 (.715) free throws.

Kabongo only played the final 11 games of the 2012-13 season due to a 23-game NCAA suspension to start the year. During those 11 contests, he led the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), assists (5.5 apg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (37.3 mpg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Kabongo reached double figures in scoring in eight of the 11 contests, including a career-high 31 points in the home overtime victory against Oklahoma (Feb. 27).

Kabongo was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and team captain following the 2012-13 season. In his freshman year, he claimed All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades and earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.

Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, a total of 41 Longhorns have heard their names called on draft night. Texas has produced a total of 14 first-round selections and 11 second-round picks in program history. Raymond Downs, a sixth-round pick by St. Louis in 1957, was the first Longhorn to be drafted.

Texas has had 16 players drafted in the previous 14 years under head coach Rick Barnes (dating back to the 1999 Draft), including 11 players selected in the last seven years. UT has had 10 first-round picks in the Rick Barnes era entering Thursday night’s draft: Chris Mihm (2000), T.J. Ford (2003), LaMarcus Aldridge (2006), Kevin Durant (2007), D.J. Augustin (2008), Avery Bradley (2010), Damion James (2010), Tristan Thompson (2011), Jordan Hamilton (2011) and Cory Joseph (2011).

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.