Dec, 21, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Myck Kabongo (12) with the ball in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Basketball Roundtable: Will Texas Be Fine Without Myck Kabongo?

Texas sophomore Myck Kabongo was not cleared to participate during the Longhorns’ first press availability of the season.

This is because the NCAA is currently investigating Kabongo’s relationship with a professional agent.

Kabongo averaged 9.6 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game as a freshman last season. He finished fourth in the league in assists per game and third on the team in scoring.

He didn’t participate in Texas’ scrimmages against Davidson and Gonzaga. Kabongo was expected to be the face of this Texas program even as a sophomore.

With the regular season less then a week away, will Texas be fine without Myck Kabongo and how could this affect the Longhorns?

George: Kabongo is an assists machine, so if he isn’t cleared to play then Texas will be in trouble. I have a feeling that a clearance is soon to come, even still the Longhorns need help matching up with the elite of the conference.

Ricky: Kabongo is very important to this year’s Texas Longhorns team. In my opinion, he is Texas’ most important player this season. To not have him on the floor would be like the Kansas Jayhawks not having Jeff Withey or Elijah Johnson. If he is not cleared to begin the season, Texas should not struggle to much in their first five games, but will need Kabongo by their sixth and seventh games against the Georgetown Hoyas and the UCLA Bruins.

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