Texas Basketball: Why Myck Kabongo Will Be the Longhorns' Most Important Player

Ryan ReschContributor IIIMay 20, 2012

No. 12, Myck Kabongo
No. 12, Myck KabongoJamie Squire/Getty Images

After J’Covan Brown announced his intentions to enter the NBA draft, Texas basketball fans started worrying that they would lose a second piece of the puzzle: Myck Kabongo.

Kabongo took a while to announce his decision, before finally saying, “I think that being at Texas is the best thing for me.”

Kabongo came to the Longhorns as one of the most highly rated recruits of the 2011 class. Hailing from Toronto, Rick Barnes’ residential Canadian signee was considered to be one of, if not the best point guard in the nation. He did have a good season last year, but not the breakout year that most expected of him, averaging 9.6 points per game and 5.2 assists.

Now, with Brown gone, Kabongo will be the go-to guy for the Longhorns, as he looks to lead his team back to elite ranks in the Big 12. There is no question that he has the ability.

Texas is going to be a young team next year, bringing in, once again, a top-five recruiting class. As such, a good captain is going to have to be present to guide this ship and Kabongo is just that.

There is little doubt that Kabongo is a true point guard. He does not look for the shot immediately, instead opting to run plays and dole out passes to ensure that his team can get the score. He is a very intelligent player with great court vision and can find someone to put up points on the board better than anyone.

However, he is going to have to become a more vocal leader, like he was in high school. That said, Kabongo has shown in his career that he knows how to adapt, and now that he knows the complete weight of this team could be on his shoulders, he will become louder.

In addition, the great thing about Kabongo’s game is his offensive output. If teams can shut down the long post players of the Longhorns, Kabongo will be waiting in the wings to put up big numbers.

He is a reliable shooter, still getting better at driving the lane on his offhand and other skills, which causes defenders to pressure him. Therefore, he opens up teammates inside and can dish out the pass with ease to them.

Essentially, regardless of whether Kabongo is putting up big numbers in points or assists, he will be having an offensive impact on the game. It would not be surprising to see a good one-two punch develop between Kabongo and Cameron Ridley or Prince Ibeh, two of the best centers of this year’s signing class.

Myck Kabongo is the type of player that coaches dream about, and his recommitment to Texas proves that he is ready to take the court and lead the Longhorns next year.

The point guard is the most indispensable position in basketball, and this young man is poised to have a monster season next year and prove his importance with the environment that head coach Rick Barnes has built for him.