The highly-anticipated return of sophomore guard Myck Kabongo is at the forefront for the Texas Longhorns and their fans.
At 10-13 overall and 2-8 within the Big 12 Conference however, it’s tough to imagine that Kabongo will have the time to turn this season around for the Longhorns and head coach Rick Barnes.
Youth and inexperience have long been considered the problems for the Longhorns, although their issues may run a bit deeper than just that. The overall struggles have been a consistent theme for Texas this season and 23 games into the year the turnaround that Kabongo would have to provide the Longhorns is a virtual win-out situation.
Texas’ postseason hopes are all but finished barring a miraculous run within the conference tournament, although with the return of Kabongo some optimists may think that it’s still an option simply because technically it is.
Kabongo averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists per game last season as a freshman and his decision to bypass the NBA Draft for another season at Texas appeared to have the Longhorns in the driver’s seat for a sense of improvement across the board. However, the NCAA mandated suspension of Kabongo this season has played a huge role in their disappointing record. They just weren’t the same squad that they expected to be without his leadership and play making ability.
Sure, Kabongo could spark the Longhorns down the stretch, but even if he does, how much of an impact overall would it really have? It very well could be too little, too late for Texas given their 10-13 mark at the current moment.
For now however, the return of their sophomore point guard is something that brightens an otherwise disappointing season, so take that as it is.
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