Myck Kabongo will not be playing the season opener for the Texas Longhorns. The sophomore guard is still awaiting his eligibility decision by the NCAA.
The Longhorns sophomore guard will have to sit out until his decision is made. Obviously if he is ruled eligible he can return right away, but if ruled ineligible he will be forced to sit out the season.
Texas Coach, Rick Barnes said “We will continue to keep him sidelined until a decision is made”. If Kabongo did play early in the season and then was ruled ineligible it could cost Texas their season. This is certainly something that Coach Barnes doesn’t want to risk.
The NCAA is investigating Kabongo’s relationship with agent Rich Paul. This is because Kabongo may have received illegal benefits from his agent and other people.
Kabongo who started as a freshmen for the Horns and averaged just about 10 points and 5 assists last season. Making the All-Big 12 team as a freshmen, Kabongo was on the rise heading into this season.
Practicing all fall with the team, Kabongo would be prepared to play right away if ruled eligible. Kabongo was forced to sit out the teams’ two scrimmages and has not seen any game action heading into the beginning of the Longhorns season.
Freshmen point guard, Javan Felix will replace Kabongo in the lineup. Coach Barnes feels Felix is prepared to lead the team and can replace Kabongo with minimal loss.
Felix scored 24 points when Texas scrimmaged Davidson. That performance proved to Barnes that he would be able to score and run the show for the Longhorns.
With Kabongo still awaiting the NCAA’s decision, Felix will need to step up and fill Kabongo’s big shoes.