Countdown to the Draft: 60 Prospects in 30 Days by JNixon (42&41)
42: Myck Kabongo, 6’3 180, PG, Texas, Soph.
Kabongo checks in after a season which I’m sure he wish he could have back, and sort of an underachieving overall career in Austin. Kabongo was a highly regarded PG recruit in 2011 for a Texas squad that was without consistent PG play for about 4 years before his arrival. He was reasonably productive and effective during his Fr. season for a young Texas squad, but developed more slowly than many thought. Considering his upside, many expected him to have a monster Soph. season. Then he was suspended 23 games for accepting benefits from an agent, and pretty much ruined any chance to really gain the rhythm needed to save the season for a Texas team that really struggled all year. He was relied on to do so much when he returned, that his efficiency wasn’t kind considering that he was returning in the heart of the Big 12 slate. Physically, Kabongo looks the part of an outstanding PG prospect. He has also noticeably grown nicely into his body since his HS days, and went from a 6’1 155-160 guy, to 6’3 180 lb. Pretty long. Still has the frame to put on about 10 lbs. Not very strong yet. Always draws comparisons to Rajon Rondo, and has a pretty similar body type. Athletically, Kabongo is pretty good as well. Shows very good quickness and fluidity, and has good speed as well. Decent leaping ability and explosiveness.
On offense, Kabongo is a pure PG with a lot of raw upside and unpolished skills….He is at his best finding ways to get his teammates involved….Good natural playmaking skills and likes to distribute….Pretty instinctive player...Looks good driving to the basket and dishing….Can create very well for teammates in the pick and roll…Most comfortable playing an unselfish game…Sometimes forces plays and is a bit turnover prone…Court vision is very nice…Ball-handling skills are pretty nice…Has the quickness to attack off the bounce...Cant shoot right now…Almost shoots a set shot, has a fairly slow release, and does not have a natural shooting touch at all…Really struggles from even as close as 15 ft….Will always have his screens dived….His jump shot is the biggest weakness in his game right now, and it held him back a bit as a college player…Will continue to haunt him until he develops at least a somewhat respectable shot from 15 ft on out…Struggles to finish at the rim, and even though he has the quickness and handle to make it there, he doesn’t have the strength to finish well…Lacks the high level leaping ability to finish over the trees consistently….Plays very good in transition, and is a threat to create for teammates and score when he has a head of steam….Has some ability to finish above the rim in the open….Has a lot of skills that need to be polished before he would be ready to contribute to an NBA team…Not a bad free throw shooter, to the surprise of many…A charismatic player and has good maturity, and shows leadership potential…Seems like he wants to learn the game…
Defensively, Kabongo is pretty good and has a bunch of intriguing qualities…Excels as a pressure defender, and plays airtight defense all 94 feet at times….Looks like a condor in his defensive stance and shows the active hands to get steals….Sometimes struggles with screens and will reach when he gets beat off the bounce though…Still, he has the physical and athletic tools to clap down on pretty much any type of guard in a one on one situation….Rebounds very well from the guard spot too (5 rpg as a Soph), especially for his thin frame…Has some of the best defensive potential at the guard spot in this draft actually
Overall, Kabongo may have left a bit too early from Texas and according to sources he didn’t really standout in the workout process either. He has very good upside and some natural tools that make you believe he can be a good player, but he needs improvement in his jump shot, his physical strength, and his decision making before he would be ready to be a consistent contributor to an NBA. But he seems to be a high character kid and his raw talent is impressive, so he could hear his name called in the 2nd round of this draft and be developed into a NBA caliber player.
41: CJ Leslie, 6’9 209, PF/SF, NC State, Jr.
A prospect who has been on the scouting radar for about 5 years now, Leslie checks in. Leslie was a valuable contributor to NC State in each of his 3 seasons, being a double digit scorer and 7 rebound a night guy. There are concerns about him in terms of his work ethic and hard bad he ‘wants it’, and he was on a team this past season that underachieved a bit relative to their overall talent and preseason predictions. Leslie was a very highly regarded local recruit, who is from Raleigh, NC and was the high school teammate of NBA rising star John Wall. Physically, Leslie is a tall and lanky 6’9 PF with an outstanding 7’2 wingspan. He is a very thin player though, at 209 lbs and probably needs to add about 15 lbs before he can alleviate concerns about his possible position in the NBA (some consider him to be a tweener forward). Athletically, Leslie is better than just about every single frontline player in the draft. Super explosive and has crazy leaping ability. Very quick and has the speed of a guard. His second jump is just as lethal as his 1st jump. Simply much more athletic than most PF’s in the game.
Offensively, Leslie is mostly a mismatch ploy due to his superior athleticism and fairly ordinary skill set…Likes to face the basket more than play with his back to the basket…When he’s in the post he shows below average skills and footwork…Mostly a right hand jump hook type player, who uses his leaping ability and length to get shots over the defense…Not going to make many moves that require him to finish with his left, and struggles in the post when his athleticism isn’t enough to get him shots…Not strong enough to consistently bang with bigger PF’s, and likes to use his quickness to score A LOT…Not a good enough ball handler to play on the wing like some want him to considering his size…Can use 2 dribbles and get to the rim when defended by bigger PF’s, but he is not good handling the ball other than going in a straight line…Is a bit turnover prone the farther away he is from the rim…Draws fouls at a pretty high level when matched up against size…Shows an adequate mid-range spot-up jumper, but is still improving and it is a work in progress still…Him getting that shot down to a science would help him tremendously….Was a lob magnet at NC State….Definitely made hey from getting baskets off alley-oops and cuts to the rim, and fellow 2013 prospect and unselfish PG Lorenzo Brown was VERY eager to get him those opportunities as often as possible…Runs the floor like a gazelle…Doesn’t pass the ball much…Has good hands…Disappears for long stretches of games at times…Isnt very tough...Didnt improve really from his Soph. to Jr. year...Still has the potential to be a mismatch player for an NBA team with his athleticism
Defensively, Leslie has the versatility to defend both forward spots, but he seems a bit in the middle of which position he should defend…Struggles with his lack of bulk when defending PF’s, really struggled with fight for position on the low block…Not the most contact loving player either….Has the length and athleticism to defend SF’s, but he doesn’t have the awareness to defend consistently on the perimeter either, especially at this point….A decent, but not standout rebounder…Sometimes seems apathetic to playing good defense, even though he has the tools
Leslie is a prospect who could be a nice player to have on a team. He’s probably the best athlete at the PF spot in this entire draft, and his quickness and leaping skills makes him an overwhelming matchup for many of the bigger, less athletic PF’s. His skill level is a little behind his athleticism, and he has a somewhat low IQ at times and he floats A LOT during games, so there are concerns. But if he able to work hard and play with a fire underneath him he will be a tough matchup for other teams. He could hear him name called at the end of the 1st round, but seems more like to be a early to mid 2nd rounder.
So are you really going to do 42 prospects in a week?
I talked to him the other day about that. He said he's been really busy with school and work but will continue to do breakdowns after the draft.
Yeah man lol....might as well just do them after the draft. Im a working man now and a college student trying to graduate! Im busy out here in these dollar general/college streets lol