Myck Kabongo

Myck Lukusa Kabongo (born January 12, 1992) is a Congolese-Canadian professional basketball player for Ferroviário de Maputo in the Basketball Africa League (BAL). He played two seasons at the Texas Longhorns before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft.

Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo.jpg
Kabongo at Findlay Prep in 2010
No. 10 – Ferroviário de Maputo
PositionPoint guard
LeagueBasketball Africa League
Personal information
Born (1992-01-12) January 12, 1992 (age 29)
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
NationalityDR Congo / Canadian
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolFindlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeTexas (2011–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Austin Toros
2014Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2015Texas Legends
2015–2016Erie BayHawks
2016–2017BCM U Pitești
2017Rayos de Hermosillo
2018Zornotza ST
2018STB Le Havre
2018–2019Raptors 905
2019Guelph Nighthawks
2019–2020Svendborg Rabbits
2020–2021Akademija FMP
2021–presentFerroviário de Maputo
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Kabongo started his high school career at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute in Toronto. He then played alongside fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson for a season-and-a-half at St. Benedict's Prep before Thompson was removed from the team[1] and transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. Kabongo stayed at St. Benedict's through his junior season before he transferred to Findlay Prep.[2] Kabongo was the #10 player in the class of 2011 by Scout.com[3] and in the ESPNU 100.[4] Rivals.com rated as the #26 player.[5] He was selected to play in the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game[6] and the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic.[7]

College commitmentEdit

Kabongo committed to Texas on January 12, 2009.[8] On October 30, 2010, Kabongo decommitted from Texas,[9] but 5 days later, he recommitted, and signed his letter of intent.[10]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Myck Kabongo
PG
Toronto, Ontario Findlay Prep 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Nov 4, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10; 2 (PG)   Rivals: 26; 5 (PG)  ESPN: 10; 2 (PG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Texas Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  • "2011 Texas Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.

College careerEdit

Kabongo started playing for Texas in the 2011–12 season. Kabongo was under investigation for alleged inappropriate contact with Rich Paul, an agent who also handles the contracts of former Findlay Prep and current NBA players Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. Initially banned for the entire 2012–13 season, his suspension was later reduced to 23 games, and he made his debut in mid-February[11] and would go on to average 14.6 points per game in eleven games.

In April 2013, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final two years of college eligibility.[12]

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Kabongo joined the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On September 30, 2013, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[13] However, he was waived by the Spurs on October 15, 2013.[14] On October 31, 2013, he was acquired by the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.[15]

On October 30, 2014, Kabongo was acquired by the Austin Spurs. On November 1, 2014, he was traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[16][17] On December 29, 2014, he was waived by the Mad Ants after appearing in 16 games while averaging 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.[18] On January 9, 2015, he was acquired by the Texas Legends.[19] Five days later, he was waived by the Legends after appearing in just two games.[20]

On October 31, 2015, Kabongo was selected by the Delaware 87ers in the second round of the 2015 NBA Development League Draft,[21] only to be traded to the Erie BayHawks on draft night.[22]

On August 27, 2016, Kabongo signed with BCM U Pitești of the Romanian Liga Națională.[23]

On January 4, 2018, Kabongo signed with Zornotza Saskibaloi Taldea of the Spanish Liga EBA.[24]

On February 23, 2018, Kabongo signed with STB Le Havre of the French LNB Pro B.[25] Kabono joined the Guelph Nighthawks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League in 2019, but was waived on July 22.[26] Kabongo joined the Svendborg Rabbits in 2019.[27] He averaged 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. On September 10, 2020, Kabongo signed with Akademija FMP in the Macedonian First League.[28]

On May 1, 2021, Kabongo signed with Mozambican club Ferroviário de Maputo to play in the Basketball Africa League (BAL).[29] He was a key part of Ferroviário's run to the quarterfinals in the first BAL season.

National teamEdit

Kabongo represented the DR Congo national basketball team at the AfroBasket 2017 in Senegal/Tunisia where he finished among the top players in the categories assists per game (4.8) and steals per game (2.8).

Kabongo was invited to camp with Canada's national team for the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship but failed to make the final roster.[30]

Amateur careerEdit

Kabongo competes for Overseas Elite in annual The Basketball Tournament. He was a point guard on the 2015 team who won TBT's $1 million prize.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

His brother is Canadian actor Emmanuel Kabongo.[32]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2011 McDonald's All-American team selection
  • 2011 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
  • 2012 Big 12 All-Rookie team selection

BAL career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021 Ferroviário 4 4 34.2 .236 .208 .826 5.0 6.8* 2.3 .0 12.5
Career 4 4 34.2 .236 .208 .826 5.0 6.8 2.3 .0 12.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Luicci, Tom (February 11, 2009). "Texas recruit Tristan Thompson kicked off St. Benedict's boys basketball team". NJ.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. ^ Kabongo, Myck (May 7, 2010). "Myck Kabongo: Headed to Findlay Prep". ESPN Rise. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Scout.com Basketball Rankings - 2011". Scout.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  4. ^ "ESPNU 100 Rankings - 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Rivals.com Basketball Rankings - 2011". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Findlay Prep's Myck Kabongo the latest Canadian to go from Henderson to McDonald's All-American". Las Vegas Sun. March 8, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "2011 Jordan Brand Classic: West Team". Jordan Brand Classic. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Myck Kabongo is a Longhorn". Scout.com. January 12, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Texas loses its No. 1 prospect". ESPN.com. October 30, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Myck Kabongo back with Texas". ESPN. November 4, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "NCAA probing Myck Kabongo". October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  12. ^ Myck Kabongo declares for draft
  13. ^ Spurs Announce Training Camp Roster
  14. ^ Spurs Waive Cousin, Kabongo and Maggette
  15. ^ Austin Toros Announce Trainig [sic] Camp Invitees Archived 2016-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Mad Ants Finalize 2014-15 Training Camp Roster
  17. ^ Ants enter camp with 17 players Archived 2014-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Mad Ants Cut Kabongo
  19. ^ Legends Acquire William Buford and Myck Kabongo
  20. ^ NBA D-League 2014-15 Transactions
  21. ^ 2015 NBA D-League Draft Board
  22. ^ Erie BayHawks Acquire 24th Overall Pick Myck Kabongo and Player Rights to D.J. Seeley
  23. ^ Myck Kabongo signs with BCM U Pitesti
  24. ^ "Zornotza signs Myck Kabongo". eurobasket.com. January 4, 2018.
  25. ^ "Le Havre lands Myck Kabongo". eurobasket.com. February 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "Guelph Nighthawks release one of their top performers". Guelph Today. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  27. ^ "Myck Kabongo selected the top Congolese playing abroad in last week's games". Afrobasket. March 17, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  28. ^ Chelidze, Dimitri (September 10, 2020). "Akademija FMP Skopje inks Myck Kabongo". US Basket. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  29. ^ "Fer.Maputo signs Myck Kabongo". USbasket.com. May 1, 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  30. ^ Kabongo and Scrubb cut from Team Canada
  31. ^ "Overseas Elite uses a different formula once again on way to victory | The Basketball Tournament". www.thetournament.com. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  32. ^ "Exclusive: Toronto's Own Myck Kabongo Ready To Take On Nike CROWN LEAGUE". Complex. Retrieved 2019-07-18.

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