Myck Kabongo’s potential suspension puts damper on big win
Right after Texas coach Rick Barnes finally could enjoy a big win in a bumbling season, he deflected tough questions about whether his best player really is gone for good.
Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points and struggling Texas upset No. 23 North Carolina 85-67 on Wednesday night. The Longhorns hadn’t even sealed the badly needed signature win when Yahoo! Sports reported the NCAA had suspended guard Myck Kabongo for the entire season.Kabongo has not played this season while the NCAA investigates the sophomore’s relationship with Rich Paul, the agent of LeBron James of the Miami Heat
After the win, Barnes would not directly address the report that cited unnamed sources.
“There’s a process that every athlete goes through,” Barnes said. “All I can tell you is that process is not done.”
He would not take further questions on the Yahoo! report, which claimed that Kabongo provided inaccurate information to NCAA investigators when interviewed. Yahoo! did not disclose its sources.
Kabongo started 34 games last season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.0 rebounds.
Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels (8-3) with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was the first loss for North Carolina since being clobbered by then-No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 27, and this was mostly another humiliation after trailing by as many as 19 points.