Texas head coach Rick Barnes is surprised to learn that one of his highly recruited freshmen is returning for a sophomore season.
Texas point guard Myck Kabongo will return for his sophomore season. The freshman announced his decision Monday morning on the Longhorn Network, allowing Texas to avoid losing a freshman to the NBA Draft for the third consecutive season.
Halle-freaking-lujah. Texas was due a break, and however much Kabongo wasn't able to meet fans' exceedingly high expectations for him coming in, his return is a huge, huge boost to next year's team. Particularly considering his upside and potential to improve, having an experienced Kabongo to run the point instead of another true freshman gives Texas a much stronger backcourt, with greater ability to take advantage of its other weapons.
I'm going to address J'Covan Brown's impending decision in a separate post next week -- needless to say, I'd love more than anything to have back one of my Top 3 favorite Longhorns basketball players of all time -- but for now I'm just going to celebrate the fact that we're not going to lose both of them. The offseason just got a lot more interesting, and with Kabongo at point Texas is now in much better position to compete for another NCAA Tournament berth; without him, the road to the post-season would have been an even steeper uphill climb than it was this year.
I hope that Kabongo's decision is equally fruitful for him and the Longhorns basketball program. Thank you, Myck!
Indeed. Hook 'em!