12 - Myck Kabongo

6-2, 180 Point Guard
Texas Sophomore
01/12/92 (28 yrs)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
High School
Findlay Prep
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Erick Barkley

Strengths: Kabongo is a flashy prospect with great quickness…Can make some truly spectacular passes…Very unselfish…Extremely quick, which helps him get to the basket…Good floor vision, especially when kicking it out to the open man behind the 3pt line…Good ball handler…Very good at stopping on a dime with the ball…Has a tremendous innate feel for the game, which he’s possessed since high school…Good height and length…Draws a lot of contact and uses his body to draw fouls.  Averaged 7 free throw attempts per game last season…Quick hands on defense (2 SPG)…Decent athleticism and explosiveness…His good lateral quickness and length make him a solid defender……Can drive to his right or his left…Very good at delivering passes right to where a catching-and-shooting teammate wants it…Good one-handed floater…Good rebounding point guard (5 RPG last season)…
Weaknesses: Often tries to do too much with the ball and thus is very turnover-prone (an alarming 3.4 TOPG last season)…Very inconsistent shooter.  Shot  30% from 3pt land last season…Part of his unselfishness is due to his lack of shooting ability and his simple lack of confidence in his shot.  He needs to not pass up on open looks within his range…Not only does he often make bad passes, but Kabongo also has a tendency to get called for travels and offensive fouls, so he needs to be smarter with the basketball…Put up less than impressive numbers at the combine athleticism testing…His team underperformed last year, despite having a great deal of talent, and one would think a lot of that falls on his shoulders as the starting point guard…Needs to be more consistent when finishing around the rim.  Is often guilty of not taking the ball strongly to the basket, which gets a lot of his layup attempts blocked or altered…Has a somewhat thin frame, and his lack of strength will limit him in driving to the basket and fighting through screens…Often gambles on D…Needs to focus on making the simple play rather than trying to make the flashy play…Occasionally commits unnecessary fouls away from the basket…His shooting mechanics may need work…
Overall: At his best, Kabongo is an entertaining, unselfish, and intelligent point guard.  But at his worst, he can be careless and inconsistent.  In his defense his inability to play for 2/3 of the year really set back his development. Kabongo has the chance to be a second round steal, but his lack of readiness and undisciplined style could end up having him playing overseas…

Jacob Stallard 6/24/13

Strengths: It’s tough to talk about the 6’1 Kabongo without discussing his playmaking skills … Kabongo is a special playmaker for others and really likes to look for teammates, whether it’s flashy or a basic kick in the flow of the offense … Plays the type of game that’s very fun to watch … An extremely quick guard, and really excels on the move and looks good in transition … Has very good floor vision, and is capable of making passes that make you say “how did he do/see that”? … Excellent ball-handler who doesn’t have many problems getting where he needs to on the floor when you add in his speed and shiftiness … Really does a fantastic job of getting in the lane and finding teammates when his penetration draws attention defenders or attention to him … Understands how to play at different speeds and thus is hard to contain off the bounce … Has an advanced ability to be almost equally effective in the transition game or in half-court sets, which is pretty rare for a young PG … Feel for the game is impressive … Can operate in the pick and roll effectively … Pretty good athlete, with nice agility, leaping ability, and body control on top of his aforementioned speed and quickness … Also has good length … Is developing a promising 15 foot pull-up jumper, and has solid overall shooting mechanics that sporadically show when spotting up. If he’s able to develop an automatic mid range jumper he is going to be a handful to contain … Will get his hands on passes defensively, and has quick reflexes … Shows very good leadership potential, and is a charismatic personality who’s vocal on the court … Will make contributions on the glass, despite his lack of size … Certainly a floor general … A charismatic young man with a reputation for being a strong character guy … Has considerable upside …

Weaknesses: A 6’1 guard with a thin frame, Kabongo is not yet a man physically…He’s not strong right now and it shows when finishing around the rim in traffic and on D when he has to fight through screens and deal with physical play … Although he is an impressive passer and pure point, he can be unselfish to a fault, passing up shots … Not a true scorer … Also needs to improve as a shooter, as teams will dive screens against him until he proves he can be more of a factor making jumpers … There are also times when Kabongo will attempt to go for the spectacular play when a more simple play is available, particularly as a passer … He has a definite flair to his game, but he will have to tone it down some to be a more steady PG … Although there are some sporadic flashes of a mid-range game with him at times, he needs to continue to work on his floaters and runners to alleviate his lack of long range shooting touch and lack of strength around the rim … Kabongo also is a gambler on D, and doesn’t show great fundamentals or physicality on this end, although his quickness and length allow him to be a pest pressuring the ball at times …

Overall: Kabongo is an extremely intriguing PG prospect … He is a pure point with outstanding playmaking skills, a lot of moxie, good leadership skills, and great handle and quickness … His style of play is fun to watch … Kabongo lacks size and strength, as well as a jump shot, and will need to improve on those aspects on his game … He also needs to improve his defense and decision-making, but those things will come in time … He has great potential and is a top PG prospect … He will be a likely 1st round pick whenever he chooses to declare …

Jorrye Nixon 6/29/11