Texas' Myck Kabongo Reportedly Suspended for 12 More Games by NCAA

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Texas' Myck Kabongo Reportedly Suspended for 12 More Games by NCAA

The Texas Longhorns' college-basketball season just got a lot more bleak, as sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has been suspended by the NCAA for violating its code of conduct.

 

UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Myck Kabongo's suspension is for 23 games, according to Andy Katz of ESPN

Katz tweeted on Friday:

He went on to clarify:

 

He will have to serve 12 more games before he is eligible to return on Feb. 13, according to Katz. Katz added:

---End of Update---

 

According to Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde and Adrian Wojnarowski, sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo will be suspended for the rest of the season after reportedly accepting impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul:

Texas guard Myck Kabongo will be suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

In most impermissible benefits situations, players usually are suspended from three to 10 games and ordered to repay the amount of the benefits received. In this case, the penalty was made more severe because Kabongo provided inaccurate information to NCAA investigators when he was interviewed, sources said.

Kabongo entered the season as arguably Texas' most important player, but watched his team from the bench as it took down No. 23 North Carolina in impressive fashion Wednesday night. He has yet to play all year.

He played over 30 minutes per game last year, and with the Longhorns having quite a bit of inexperience, his leadership and expected improvement was going to be key.

Despite the terrific performance against the Tar Heels, those shortcomings have been painfully evident in Austin this season. 

Texas, which has lost to Chaminade, USC, Georgetown and UCLA already, boasts one of the least efficient offenses (0.874 points per possession) and worst assist-to-turnover ratios (0.672) in the country.

Still, true freshman Javan Felix, the man who has been called upon to run the show in Kabongo's absence, seems to be constantly improving, and the team is slowly learning how to play without its star. 

This is just a minor bump in the road for Texas, and even if the Longhorns continue their setback of a season, contention for a Big 12 title will still likely come as early as next year for the young team. 

 

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