The 2013 NBA Draft didn't produce much from the Big 12 overall and one notable name missing from the list of draftees was former Texas Longhorns point guard Myck Kabongo, who did not hear his name called after being widely projected to go in the second round following his early declaration.
Kabongo sent out the following tweet after the draft:
Congrats to the 2013 draft class salute !! I will continue to work , hold my head high and push forward! Definitely not the end of the road.— Myck Kabongo (@MyckK9) June 28, 2013
As J'Covan Brown did last year, Kabongo is expected to compete with the Miami Heat summer league team, meaning that his likely destination is overseas, though the good news for the 6'1, 180-pounder is that the starting point guard for the Heat last season, Mario Chalmers, is not under contract for next season, though it's hard to imagine that the Heat would promote back-up Norris Cole to the starting role, who will probably have his team option for next season picked up by Miami [Editor's note: Chalmers had his option picked up].
In other words, it's going to be hard for Kabongo to make the team taking that route, though he does also have a further connection to the team because of his agent, Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James, the same relationship that cost Kabongo most of his sophomore season after his Cleveland trip that limited his sophomore season by 23 games. The native of the Congo averaged a team-leading 14.6 points per game during his second season at Texas.
And with as much as Texas fans questioned the decision by Cory Joseph to declare for draft after his one season in Texas, and fans did the same with J'Covan Brown last season, Kabongo's decision will also come under scrutiny given his current tough road to the NBA.
What does seem clear is that each of the three leading scorers for the 'Horns last season wanted to get away from head coach Rick Barnes. In that, at least, they have all been successful.