Myles Turner Enjoys Last Official to Texas; May See Kentucky, Arizona

Myles Turner took his fifth and final official visit to Texas this week and enjoyed it.

“It was great,” David Turner, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Everything went really well. It was good.”

The 6-foot-11 Turner out of Euless (TX) Trinity has now taken officials to Texas, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, as well as unofficials to SMU and Texas A&M.

Asked how Texas coach Rick Barnes and his staff envisioned using Turner, David said: “Pretty much not pigeonholing him and letting him play 3, 4, 5, whatever was needed. He’s a good shot-blocker and scorer on the wings and in the post, so they would use him whatever way they can.” To read more of this story, click here

Texas Lands JUCO Big Man

Texas has landed a pledge from 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior college power forward Obi Oleka.

He also considered Gonzaga, Southern Miss, Oregon State and Old Dominion, among others. He will have two years of Division 1 eligibility remaining.

“He’s a bonified athlete,” his college coach, Elliott Williams of State College of Florida-Manatee, told SNY.tv. “He plays the 3/4 for us, inside/out. Definitely a guy that is a warrior in the block. Definitely is a matchup for most post guys.  To read more of this story, click here

Jordan Barnett to Texas

Jordan Barnett, a 6-foot-7 small forward from St. Louis Christian Brothers College High, has verbally committed to Texas.

Barnett also considered Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and Iowa, his father told SNY.tv.

“His favorite players are Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade and that played heavily into his decision,” Barnett’s father, Bob Bonner, told SNY.tv.

“Most importantly, my son is an honors student at a college preparatory high school. Therefore, the academic standards at Texas were the most important factor to his mother, myself and him. We evaluated the team, the young players already there and truly feel he can contribute and would fit in well both on and off the court.”

Barnett is ranked No. 85 by Rivals.com.

“I’m a hustle player,” he recently told UMHoops.com. “I’m a defensive player first and offense comes second.”

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Undrafted Kabongo to Miami Heat

Undrafted Texas point guard Myck Kabongo will play for the Miami Heat summer league team, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-1 Toronto native shares an agent, Rich Paul, with Heat star LeBron James.

Sources close to Kabongo say he is deeply disappointed at going undrafted, but will now get a chance to prove himself with the world champs.

Kabongo is no stranger to disappointment.

He played just the final 11 games of last season at Texas after the NCAA leveled To read more of this story, click here

Myck Kabongo to the NBA Draft

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

Myck KabongoAs the list of underclassmen declaring for the NBA Draft continues to grow, one of the more intriguing names out there officially threw his hat in the ring on Friday morning.

University of Texas sophomore point guard and Canadian sensation Myck Kabongo announced he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility. Currently projected as the No. 41 overall pick according to DraftExpress, Kabongo’s defection ends a 45-game tenure in Austin that showed great promise, but also brought its share of controversy.

“He’s fast and physically-gifted, but I’m not sure that he really understands,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He’ll go in the second round.”

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Frazier Enjoys Texas Visit, SMU Up Next

Keith Frazier, a 6-foot-5 unsigned shooting guard out of Dallas Kimball, enjoyed his weekend visit to Texas.

“Great visit,” Erven “Big E” Davis, Frazier’s mentor, told SNY.tv. “He really liked the guys on the team.”

Frazier saw Kansas beat Texas, 64-59, Saturday in Big 12 action.

Next up is a visit to SMU Feb. 2-4.

“He is really embracing the process,” Davis said. “He’s watching things closely in all aspects in order to make a good decision.” To read more of this story, click here

Kabongo Suspension Reduced to 23 Games (UPDATED)

Myck KabongoBy JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

After the NCAA crushed the University of Texas and sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo with a one-year suspension for receiving impermissible benefits and then lying about it, the NCAA cut the Longhorns and the Canadian sensation a break.

Early Friday evening, the NCAA announced it has reduced Kabongo’s suspension to 23 games following an appeal being heard by the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. Additionally, he will need to repay $475 in impermissible benefits to a charity of his choice.

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NBA Scout: Kabongo Suspension Hurts His Draft Status ‘Big Time’

Myck Kabongo’s impending year-long suspension for accepting impermissible benefits will hurt him “big-time” in the upcoming NBA Draft, a veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv.

“It hurts him big-time,” the scout said. “He played out of control last year. Most teams need to see him play five-on-five, running his team….His stock goes down.”

As of this writing, DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard from Texas going with the 31st overall pick, or first in the second round.

Asked what will happen to his draft status, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express told SNY.tv: “Depends what he decides to do between now and the draft. After his poor freshman season scouts needed to see how much he improves as a sophomore. I don’t think he’s shown enough to be considered a definite first rounder based on upside alone. He’ll have to show more somewhere. Unfortunately I’m not sure the D-League is an option for him because he was already enrolled at Texas.”

The news of Kabongo’s suspension was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by a source with direct knowledge of the case, who said the announcement will come online on the NCAA site on Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

Georgetown, Texas Story of Two Teams Going in Opposite Directions

NEW YORK — Unlike Texas, Georgetown doesn’t have two players sitting out.

But the No. 15 Hoyas — who destroyed Texas in the Jimmy V Classic, 64- 41, at Madison Square Garden — still appear to have a big upside going forward.

“We are a work in progress,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said after his team improved to 6-1. “I think that we are going to be much better than we are today.” To read more of this story, click here

Thompson Remains Patient on Kabongo’s Eligibility

By JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – As the NCAA continues to investigate whether or not University of Texas sophomore sensation Myck Kabongo received impermissable benefits during the offseason, his best friend and the man in the middle of it all, Tristan Thompson, has no choice but to sit idly by, unable to help as Kabongo has already missed the Longhorns’ first two games.

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