Kabongo true to form in July

There are a lot of expectations placed on top 20 prospects every time they take the court on the AAU circuit. That is what faced the future Longhorn and he relishes the opportunity performing well as expected. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with the future Longhorn Myck Kabongo.

Myck Kabongo entered the July period as one of the top point guard prospects in the 2011 class. He ended the month in the same way after a solid showing in Las Vegas. The 6-2, 165-pound jet says he played well this summer and showed people a little of his perimeter capabilities.

"Well, I thought I played well," Kabongo said. "I'm never satisfied, but I think I proved that I'm one of the top players in my class. I've still got a lot of improving to do. Vegas was a good outing. I worked out pretty hard before Vegas and it helped me. I think I played well at Bob Gibbons too. People already know my strong points…leadership, on the ball defense, a playmaker and a winner. I showed people I can shoot the ball. A lot of people don't think I can shoot the ball, but I worked a lot on my jump shot. I made some shots beyond the arc and in the mid-range."

As Kabongo has always said in a very serious manner, he believes he can improve every part of his game. Until he is the perfect player, which the five-star prospect doesn't believe exists, he will look to improve on a daily basis.

"I can improve on everything. I say it every time, but it's really everything. I'm always in the gym working on everything. I work on every little thing. Leading the team this year, a lot will be on my shoulders losing some key guys. I have to keep improving as a leader," Kabongo said.

In Las Vegas, Kabongo got an up close look at future teammate DeAndre Daniels as the #36 prospect in the 2011 class dropped 31 points on Kabongo's Grassroots Canada. Kabongo came away impressed and sees a similarity between his game and Daniels.

"Man, he's very good. He's someone I can see myself playing well with. He's athletic, he can put the ball on the floor for a big guy, he can shoot and he plays hard and never gave up. I like that about him because that's how I play the game. I look forward to playing with him," Kabongo said.

For Texas fans, the best news that came out of the summer is that Kabongo remains 100% committed to Texas.

"I think that schools have backed off. I throw up the Hook'Em before every game. I'm 100% committed to Texas," Kabongo said.

Myck Kabongo Scouting Report

Kabongo is a jet simply put. At 6-2, 165-pounds with a 6'6" wingspan, he is both fast and quick with the ability to accelerate in the open court as well as in the half court. His strength of offense is blowing by defenders and getting into the lane to make plays for teammates or finish around the rim.

In transition, Kabongo sees the floor extremely well and the majority of the time makes the smart, correct play. He does a very good job of knowing where his shooters are and getting them clean looks in transition.

Because of his elite speed and quickness, he hasn't had to rely on a jump shot. While he will knock down the occasional three or mid-range jumper, that is an area he is working hard to improve knowing he will need to be able to catch and shoot as well as pull up in the mid-range at the next level and beyond. He also has a tendency to dribble to deep and commit player control fouls at times.

Defensively, Kabongo uses his tremendous length and quickness to cause fits for opposing guards. When beaten, Kabongo has the quickness and speed to recover and get back into a play or race to the passing lane and make a steal.


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