His name alone would seemingly make Myck Kabongo a fan favorite at the AmericanAirlines Arena but does the undrafted point guard who played two season for the Texas Longhorns actually have a shot at making the Miami Heat's opening day roster?
The 21 year-old 6' 2" 180 lb project was born in Zaire but is a Canadian citizen and was ranked as one of the top prospects out of high school, ranked #10 in the class of 2011 by Scout.com and ESPNU. Though his time in Texas wasn't a huge success he still had very respectable numbers averaging 14.6 points, five rebounds (!) and 5.5 assists per game and he showed plenty of talent that made many scouts and GM project him being taken in the second round.
Kabongo is a quick guard who has range, as can be seen in the workout video below from Slam. He also has more-than-decent ballhandling abilities and can be useful on both ends of the floor with his playmaking and solid defensive skills. While there is plenty of debate as to whether the Heat need another point guard behind Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, he will get a good look from Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat coaching staff during the Summer League tournaments in Orlando and Las Vegas.
We'll try to gather more info on Kabongo in the coming days and attempt to answer why he went undrafted and whether he truly could be an asset for the world champions. Knowing Riley's preference to go with veterans, especially in a win-now squad such as this one, the odds are not in Kabongo's favor as an undrafted rookie to make the squad. Then again, how many rings does Udonis Haslem have? Just like UD (and Jarvis Varnado) had to spend time overseas to work on his game before getting his opportunity playing in the NBA, that may be the path for Kabongo as well.
Or he truly impresses and gets an Opening Day roster.