Report: NCAA suspends Texas’ Myck Kabongo
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday night that the NCAA will suspend Texas guard Myck Kabongo for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
After starting 34 games last season for the Longhorns, Kabongo hasn’t played this season because the NCAA was determining if he exercised impermissible benefits. The NCAA was investigating to see if Kabongo was working with an agent last May when he was deciding whether to declare for the NBA Draft after a breakout freshman campaign.
According to the Yahoo! Sports report, Kabongo participated in an NBA-style workout with former Texas player and Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson. The main detail the NCAA was looking into had to do with contact with an agent. Kapongo also worked out with trainer Jerry Powell, who works with agent Rich Paul, who is one of LeBron James’ agents.
According to ESPN.com, Kabongo will serve a season-long suspension because he did not provide all information the NCAA was seeking.
Texas issued a statement on Kabongo to ESPN on Wednesday night:
“A final decision has not been made in Myck Kabango’s elgibility case. We and the NCAA are working together and a final decision is expected within the next few days.”
Texas coach Rick Barnes said after his team’s 85-67 win over North Carolina on Wednesday: “There is process that every student athlete goes through and I can only feel you that process is not done we are in the middle of that process. …Every student athlete is entitle to a process if something comes up and that process is ongoing.”