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  1. Myck announced this morning that he will give up his two years of remaining eligibility with Rick Barnes and Texas and will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. Nobody should be surprised - and I think it is a good decision for the kid. He is projected to be a late first round/early second round pick and it is probably hard for him to shun the thought of first-round NBA dollars. We lost a lot already with transfers and now it is up to Felix to carry the PG torch for us next season.
  2. Texas was embarrased tonight in Lawrence, to put it lightly, and they lose 73-47 to the Jayhawks. Texas shot just 21.8% , KU shot 46.4%. Now for the whopper - LOnghorns went 2-21 from the 3 point line. Yes, you read it right, 2-21 (9.5%). KU was 7-18 (38.9%). It was a terrible shooting night for the Longhorns and Myck Kabongo led the team with 13 points. Of the KU starting 5, all but one missed scoring double digits. The Longhorns dropped to 3-9 in Big 12 play & 11-14 on the season. All the optimism about Texas making a run and potentially making the NCAA tourney? GONE. LIKE THAT.
  3. After being suspended for 23 games, Myck Kabongo will see his first action of the season and start Wednesday vs. Iowa State. Today Kabongo released a statement commenting on his suspension and the remaining games: Statement from University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo - TexasSports.com - Official website of University of Texas Athletics - Texas Longhorns Though he won't be a "cure-all" for the Longhorns, Myck Kabongo's return will undoubtedly help improve the struggles on offense. Currently the offense is built almost entirely on jump-shots that are often contested. Because of this, it's no surprise the Longhorns are 8th in the Big12 in scoring offense, 7th in field goal percentage, and last (10th) in 3-point percentage. But Myck Kabongo has the ability to improve these stats. Unlike anyone on the roster, Kabongo can get into the lane, attack the basket, and finish at the rim. And his success finishing plays like these will greatly effect whether or not Texas elevates it's play towards the end of the season. Texas has no one the turn to as a reliable option in the post. We've seen flashes form Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, and a few of the other post players. But there isn't one big-man who can be a consistent scoring threat in the paint for the Longhorns right now. Because of this, Texas is forced to rely on their guards. Unfortunately, none of their guards possess the ability to consistently get into the lane. Which then molds the Texas offense into a jump-shooting attack. I'm not a huge fan of a team that relies heavily on jump shots but it can work. The key hinges on finding open shots and higher-percentage shots, rather than simply passing on the perimeter and jacking up off-balance or contested shots. Kabongo's ability to attack the rim can change that. If he is successful at getting into the lane, he can either go up and finish at the rim, dump the ball off to an open post player (who's man has shifted over to help on Kabongo), or pass the ball out to one of the guards who are set to take a jump shot if their defender has also shifted inwards to help on Kabongo. Attacking the lane with a legitimate threat to score at the rim opens up the offense and creates better opportunities for the shooters. Though Felix has done a great job with his given circumstance, Kabongo also brings speed to the open court that will help Texas get easier bucks on fast breaks. And Texas needs buckets any way they can get them right now. There are still other problems, such as rebounding, that Texas needs to address. Kabongo's return will not fix all of the Longhorns' woes. But if coach Barnes can put Kabongo in a position that uses his quickness and athleticism to the Horns' advantage we may see a Texas team that can capitalize on it's above-average defense and actually find a way to score more points than the other team. Hook'em
  4. According to Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz: NCAA announces Texas' Myck Kabongo must sit 23 games for unethical conduct and accepting benefits) Myck Kabongo will have to sit out a total of 23 games. If I understand this correctly, since Kabongo has already sat out 10 games he must sit out 13 more. He also must pay $475 to a charity of his choice -I'm assuming this is the amount of the plain ticket for the travel that was in question. Getting Kabongo back is huge for the Longhorns. But Kabongo alone will not automatically elevate this team to a tournament team. He's talented but he's not that talented at the division 1 level yet. Having Kabongo back is big, though, for freshman point guard Javan Felix. The guy has been playing almost entire games each and every game because he was the only true point guard on the roster. Demarcus Holland had been relieving him some, but he is not a true PG and needs some time to develop. Without Kabongo, the minutes Felix was playing would have most likely caught up to him later in the season. Now that problem is gone. Kabongo brings more scoring at the PG positon than what Felix can do. Both guys can run the offense well, see the floor well, and get to the rim. But Kabongo is more of a scoring threat and has a better jump shot than Felix does. Kabongo is no lights out shooter but he will definitely help the offense put up points and getting into more of a rhythm on offense. 13 more games is a lot but getting him back for any part of the season is great news for the Longhorns. Kabongo also really needs this season to develop more of his skills. Last year wasn't exactly the year he was probably hoping for. Hook'em.
  5. For those who haven’t been keeping up with the team this year or anyone still trying to learn the new faces, below is a quick rundown of the roster and some information about each player to get a better idea of what this team currently looks like and the roles each player currently has. This team is young but it is filled with depth at each position (PG, SG, SF, PF, C). This piece is a little tough to write right now because I’m still very frustrated with the NCAA for suspending starting point guard Myck Kabongo. Kabongo apparently ran into some trouble when the NCAA questioned who paid for his travel to a basketball workout that was out of the state in the off-season. Reports have come out saying that when being interviewed about the situation Kabongo wasn’t completely forth coming with all the information the NCAA was looking for. Sources: NCAA to suspend Texas guard Myck Kabongo for season - Yahoo! Sports In result Kabongo has gotten the ‘Dez Bryant treatment’ and will be suspended for the entire season. Look, I understand if the NCAA feels the need to punish Kabongo if he indeed did receive some help in payment of travel from an agent (this information has still not been confirmed) or if he was trying to hide something from the NCAA. But giving him an entire year suspension for traveling to a basketball training session is absurd. And on top of that, letting the information leak during Texas’ biggest game/win of the season so far is a DOUCHE MOVE by the NCAA. This is a great example of why college athletes should be allowed to have representation against the NCAA, like coaches and administrators. Athletes need more of a voice and spokesman. I cannot stand the NCAA and how they go about their business “for the kidsâ€. There is still a chance Kabongo can be re-instated if he succeeds during an appeal process. But as of now he is suspended for the entire season. Luckily for Texas, depth will not be an issue this season. Let’s run down the roster. 2012 – 2013 Texas Men’s Basketball Roster Guards FR Javan Felix, Point Guard - (pronounced J’Van Fe’Lix – it’s Cajun, like part of my heritage) Felix came to UT as a 3-star recruit out of New Orleans, Louisiana. When Felix signed his letter of intent there were some people who questioned why Rick Barnes would bring in another young PG when he had Kabongo. I haven’t heard from those people since… Felix has been starting all season in Kabongo’s absence and will now be the starter for the remainder of the season upon hearing the news that Kabongo is suspended. There’s a lot to like about Felix. He’s listed at 5’10†but my roommate saw him at a local gas station and said he thinks he was at least a couple inches taller than Felix, and my roommate is 5’10â€. Regardless, Felix is built like a bulldog. He has a powerful frame for his size and impressively is still pretty quick off the dribble. Though Kabongo is out, Felix will be able to run the offense pretty well. He has already done a nice job in his first 10 games pushing the ball up the floor, spreading it around, and attacking the rim. The only knocks on his game I have so far is his lack of a jump shot (he is no natural outside shooter) and he has turned the ball over more than I’d like to see (but the entire team has been sloppy in that regard and that should improve as the season continues and chemistry builds). Felix is a natural point guard who can see the floor well, isn’t afraid to fight for loose balls and attack the rim. He is an above average defender, and leads the team in steals (1.5 SPG). He has decent ball handling, but he lacks a reliable outside jump shot right now. SO Sheldon McClellan, Shooting Guard – The 6’4†sophomore out of Houston (Bellaire – my dad’s high school), Texas is the team’s best shooter. McClellan has a unique shooting technique and it’s a relatively quick release but he has mastered his own craft. McClellan is currently the Longhorn’s leading scorer, with 15.3 PPG and is easily the team’s best free-throw shooter (88%). When he’s hot, he’s on fire and can drain 3-point shots and jumpers from all over the floor. He has been pretty active on offense and around the rim on a more consistent basis, which is an improvement from last year. But McClellan isn’t a natural with the ball in his hands and tends to make some wild passes from time to time. He can get to the rim, but it’s not always pretty. I like him more as a spot up shooter or a guy who gets the ball as he is cutting to the basket. He also isn’t the best defender on the floor, but he isn’t terrible either. McClellan will most likely be the leading scorer all season for the Longhorns. He can hit a jumper from anywhere on the floor and should be the guy who has the ball in his hands late in the game when it’s time to shoot free throws. He may not have the best ball handling skills but he usually finds a way to score and makes a big impact on offense. SO Julian Lewis, Shooting Guard – Listed at 6’3†and out of Galveston, Texas, Julien Lewis is another guard the Longhorns will be relying on to score the ball. Unlike McClellan, Lewis’ game is a bit more rounded. Not only can he hit jumpers on offense but he also has been an annoying defender for opposing teams. He’s second on the team in steals (1.2 SPG) and gives good energy on both ends of the floor. Lewis is also a decent free throw shooter (71%) and is averaging 11.2 PPG. Having Lewis on the team is a bit of a luxury because if McClellan is having an off night scoring the ball then Lewis is a great option to have to go to at any point in the game. He also adds versatility by being effective in the starting line-up as well as coming off the bench. Lewis has a good jump shot and can also score from all over the floor. But Lewis brings energy onto the court at both ends of the floor and plays with passion. He is another good scoring option for the Longhorns and is another weapon for Barnes to use at his disposal. FR Demarcus Holland, guard – Originally thought to take a red-shirt this season, Demarcus Holland was activated once Myck Kabongo was suspended. The 6’2†freshman out of Garland, Texas is one of the scrappiest players on the team. He came to Texas as a shooting guard but has been forced into the back-up point guard role once Javan Felix was thrust into the starting line up. Demarcus Holland has actually played well for someone who was thought to take a year to develop before he would see action in a college game. When you watch him you can tell he is still learning the point guard position and working on his ball-handling and passing but with that said he has impressed me with what he has been able to do so far with the ball in his hands and with the energy he brings to the floor. One of my good friends, who was a good basketball player in high school, described Holland as a guy who just enjoys being out there and has a lot of fun on the floor. That’s pretty spot-on if you ask me. Holland still needs to work on his jump shot, passing, and ball handling. He is a decent defender just because he plays with high energy. Once thought to take a red-shirt season to work on his game, Holland will now be called upon to spell Felix and the other guards all season long. Forwards FR Ioannis Papapetrou, Small Forward – I’ve heard Papa and Papi used as nicknames for the 6’8†European forward out of Athens, Greece. Out of the entire freshman class that the Longhorns signed for this season Papapetrou is the most intriguing player for me. He has the potential to be a very versatile player and a tough match-up for any team to guard. Papapetrou can shoot the 3-ball (41%) but has the size to get into the lane and find a shot down low. He isn’t necessarily a post player but he has used his height well. The skill that has stood out the most for me is his ball handling. He isn’t the type of ball handler Kevin Durant was with his size, and he really isn’t even that quick or spectacular with the ball in his hands, but he is decent and even played some point-forward earlier in the season. Being able to take guys to the rim off the dribble more consistently would create all kinds of problems for defenses. I’d also like to see him be more aggressive getting rebounds and taking the ball up strong inside. If he continues to develop on both ends of the floor he could be a player that gets national attention his junior season (I think he sticks around that long unless he explodes onto the season his sophomore year or wants to go play in Europe). Papapetrou is a nice role player for the Longhorns right now. He can come in and spread the floor with his jump shot beyond the arc, can handle the ball decently (though his passing decisions could improve) and can bang around some down low. I see potential in him but it may take some time for him to develop his game and take his play to the next level. FR Connor Lammert, Forward – Before the season started I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Lammert or where exactly Barnes would play him. Like Papapetrou, Lammert is a tall forward (6’9â€) who can provide the team with versatility while on the floor. The freshman from Churchill High School in San Antonio hasn’t found a rhythm beyond the arc yet (21%) but is a guy with a high basketball IQ and just seems to make good plays. I’d like to see him be more aggressive around the glass. And if his outside shot starts falling he will also be a tough match-up for most defenses. Lammert is a smart basketball player and has great height to go with his fundamental game. He could improve his post moves and be more aggressive around the basket but you can tell this is someone coach Barnes enjoys coaching. SO Jonathan Holmes, Power Forward – Another San Antonio native, the 6’7†Holmes has been a strong force down low for Texas all season long. He is currently leading the team in rebounding with an average of 8 per game and continues to work hard around the rim for clean-up duty off of missed shots on offense. As a power forward, Holmes is a bit undersized. But he isn’t intimidated at all by taller players and plays with great strength and tenacity in the paint. Though he is able to bang around down low in college and score the ball close to the rim, if he wants to take his game to the NBA then he will need to develop more of an outside shot and that’s exactly what he has been doing this season. When I first saw him taking 3’s in the beginning of the season I was surprised and actually curious as to why he was even attempting 3’s. He only attempted 40 shots beyond the arc last season (which is actually way more shots than I remembered). And out of those 40 he made 10. But 10 games into the season Holmes has already attempted 19 3’s (1 shy of half his total last season) and has made just 5. However, last night against UNC he was 2/3 beyond the arc and the 3’s he made were actually nice shots. So it looks like this will be a permanent part of his game and something he is looking to improve on. Holmes is undersized at the power forward position but you’d never know it by looking at his stats after the game. He bangs around down low, hustles for rebounds, and has some nice moves to get the ball in the hoop. He will be a big time player for Texas all season long. SO Jaylen Bond, Power Forward – Built almost identically like Jonathan Holmes, the 6’7†Bond has been held out most of the season with a sprained ankle. Bond started the season on the bench with a right ankle sprain. In just 5 minutes against Chaminade, Bond was able to pull down 3 rebounds before injuring his left ankle, which forced him to sit out since then. But according to coach Barnes, Bond is close to returning to action in games. Like Holmes, Bond is also undersized at the power forward position. And like Holmes, he doesn’t let that hinder him from fighting for rebounds and banging around in the paint. But unlike Holmes, as a freshman Bond wasn’t as skilled on offense. He was 0/2 shooting 3’s last year so I doubt he will start jacking up more shots beyond the arc like Holmes has been. I like Bond a lot. He works hard, can hold his own down low on defense and is relentless around the glass. He isn’t a big time scorer and struggled from the FT line last year, but his presence alone in the paint will help the Longhorns once he returns. Centers FR Cameron Ridley, Center – Coming to Texas as the most highly touted freshman of his class, the 6’9â€, 270-pound, 4-star center is starting to take baby steps towards developing into a good post player for the Longhorns. Ridley has the size and touch that all great post players possess. Though he resembles Dexter Pittman as far as his size (when Dexter was a senior after losing a lot of weight), Ridley’s play is already at a higher level than Pittman’s ever was. He’s only averaging 6.3 PPG and 5.5 PPG, but he is leading the team in blocks (2.3 BPG) and in field goal percentage (51% from the field). With each and every game you can start to see more of Ridley’s skills develop as he adjusts to the game speed and talent at the division 1 level. Ridley still needs work in developing his post moves and learning to use his size to his advantage. I’d also like to see him be more aggressive getting rebounds. But there is a lot to like about the freshman big man and the potential he has. FR Prince Ibeh, Center-Forward – The 6’10†Ibeh also came to Texas as a 4-star recruit. But the skills and style of play Ibeh has are a bit different than how Ridley plays. He doesn’t look as natural on offense in the paint and won’t be banging around down low like Ridley, but Ibeh’s height definitely cannot be taught and he does a decent job of using his height to grab rebounds and causes cutting guard to think twice before they take the ball to the rim. Ibeh won’t be relied upon to score the ball down low on offense. But he moves around the floor with a little bit more quickness than Ridley and will be a good option to have as a back-up center all year long for Ridley. Ibeh needs to improve his post moves and post defense, but he could develop into a good player for the Longhorns down the line. The Practice Squad Dean Melchionni and Andrew dick are the only seniors on the team. They are also the guys who usually don’t see the floor unless there is a minute or two left in a blowout game where they can snag some playing time. Danny Newsome, a freshman, is also a guy who most likely won’t ever see playing time this season. But all three of these guys are instrumental in practice and help the team get better each and every day. They are great teammates. My Thoughts This entire team has good depth at each position. They have already had their ups and downs this year but they could develop into a dangerous squad if they can avoid turning the ball over as much as they have been and improve on their chemistry and offensive flow in the half court. As of right now I don’t think this squad will make the tournament in March. But if they play in conference games like they did last night against UNC then they would definitely have a shot at making the tournament. Losing Myck Kabongo is a big loss of Texas but it’s not the end of the world for this team. Hook’em Twitter: @WesKCrochet
  6. 8:00 pm -- Frank Erwin Center --- ESPN2 Still no word on Kabongo. #FREEMYCK
  7. It is borderline absurdity that the NCAA has not done anything on the Kabongo ruling yet. Another reason why the NCAA is a JOKE! Even Bilas agrees with me... [tweet]278549190374739968[/tweet]
  8. Per the Austin American Statesman the NCAA will likely rule on Thursday in the Kyck Kabongo investigation - Sources: Horns anticipate 10-game ban for Kabongo | www.statesman.com The story mentions a source that thinks Kabongo will be penalized with a 10 game suspension that will be retroactive. Kabongo has already missed 6 games and would miss 4 more. The next 4 games for the Runnin' Horns are as follows: UT-Arlington (December 1) Georgetown (December 4) UCLA (December 8) Texas State (December 15) The Georgetown and UCLA games will be tough without him. We should have him back against North Carolina on December 19th. The NCAA has taken their sweet ass time on this....... FREE MYCK

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