Kabongo’s decision was announced through a statement made the Longhorns Friday.
It appears that Kabongo believes he has NBA-ready talent, and also doesn’t have a very good appreciation of the corrupt governing force that is the four-letter acronym for legal slavery. Kabongo was suspended for accepting training and airfare, and then for lying about the benefits and providing false information to the NCAA and university officials.
In a statement made following the suspension in February, Kabongo claimed ignorance and innocence in one single breath.
“When I went to Cleveland, I did not intend to break any rules and did not believe I had broken any. I should have been upfront with UT about everything the first time I had a chance, but I’m glad that I corrected my mistake and I’m glad that I was truthful with the NCAA,” Kabongo said.
Well, obviously he wasn’t completely upfront with the NCAA, but that’s not important anymore. Keep in mind, unpaid future superstars are the only assets keeping NCAA basketball afloat.
Kabongo is making a Kyrie Irving-like jump to the NBA with a very limited sample size for NBA scouts to evaluate. He averaged 14.6 points per game, 5.5 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game during his 11 appearances, which at the time led the Longhorns in each category. He started 45 games over his career with Texas, but really shined during his sophomore season, making that his resume for the NBA.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.