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On the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Rick Barnes said he doesn't know what Myck Kabongo will do in terms of his NBA decision.
He did say he hopes the team plays hard for Kabongo since he worked hard to get back and play this season. He also said he's going to tell Kabongo to make the best decision he needs to for himself.
It almost seems like Barnes has been providing Kabongo with public cover in his comments since he returned to the team. Publicly, he is not nearly as hard on him when he screws up. Maybe it's because he appreciates his effort, and the way he handled himself during the suspension.
Personally, I would like for Myck to come back, but it seems like he has had his head outside the door since he got here. He could benefit by coming back and putting that head into maximizing his ability by having the best possible season next year for the team and himself. However, it seems that it might take a head transplant to make that happen; though, it might be fairer to say that he has seemed to be extremely conflicted. I am ready for some players who have their heads, hearts, and souls into being here, however long that might be.
Furthermore, I would hope that the team would play hard for the team and for what they can be in the future rather than playing hard for Myck.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BudreauReye 13 months ago
What's the deadline to declare? I think that's the only useful information we have at this point.
Disciplina praesidium civitatis
April 28. Let the countdown begin.
Truthfully, I'm far more interested in what Croaker and Randle are going to do.
I get that sentiment, but over the weekend, what Izzo and Self said really stuck with me - "you're only as good as your seniors".
While these uber freshman are exciting, I'd much rather have seasoned Kabongo than a freshman Croaker or Randall. Remember, Kabongo was just as high a prospect as these guys coming out now.
Disagree with Randle. He is not your usual high profile prospect. He is a program changer which this team needs in the worst way. This guy comes here and trust me he will not put up freshman numbers like Mycks and the freshman from this year. The offense will change dramatically. The worry I have now is the Croaker still has not committed. I hope it's not tied to Randle because if it is then all we have coming in next year is a three start point guard and, the guys from this years team that could also be minus Sheldon and Bond.
is isn't it pretty much a given that Randle isn't coming to Texas?
Texas will have zero senior next year, so will we be awful? Nonexistent?
I would think so. I am just explaining the difference between Randle and your usual Top 15 Freshman
With one 3 star point guard Croaker still hasn't committed), minus Myck, possibly Sheldon and Bond that doesn't sound good. Barnes will make probably get some 3 star players or players out of the country. Problem is he won't get another season like this one or IMHO a one and done tournament and survive.
Pardon my cynicism, but I find Myck Kabongo generally overrated and his impact (or potential impact) on the program overstated.
In my 20+ years of living by the Horns, I can remember 2 true difference makers - KD and TJ. So if you'll excuse my cynicism for thinking that it seems like we've never had anyone that wasn't a difference maker when we were recruiting them. Also, before Kabongo got here, he was also the difference maker point guard we've been looking for since TJ.
......So Ivey as PG goes to SS,Kenton Paulino takes the Horns to the Elite 8 as PG, DJ takes Horns to a round of 32 and an Elite 8.......those guys weren't difference makers?
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
Agreed. But Felix is much worse. We'd all rather have Myck again...
I think I'd just rather a new direction for the program. The Rick Barnes era has stalled. It seems the desire to get kids to the pros has come at the expense of consistency within the program. For example, if I remember correctly the fascination with Kabongo in the first place was that he would be paired with Tristan Thompson. Seems to be the theme of Barnes' tenure: "What might have been if X hadn't left early and could have played a season or two with Y." Seems tough to build a program that way.
This post was edited by John Haynsworth 13 months ago
hammer, meet nail
Exactly and if they get this guy he would rank up there with them
He is that good
The college deadline is irrelevant. The pro deadline is what matters. You can say you're coming back, but if you find a deal, you always can leave.
That's why Myck did the trip to Cleveland. It was after the college deadline but before the pro deadline.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
The early entry deadline is April 28th.
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