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 him with a 23-game suspension, having found he received impermissable benefits, then lied about it. The original suspension was for one year, but an appeal from Texas got it reduced to 23 games on Dec. 21.
In those 11 games, Kabongo averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 assists as the Longhorns went 6-5 as part of a 16-18 season.
“It’s always hard when you don’t play and when you’re capalbe of playing,” Kabongo said at recent Knicks workout. “It was sad but it made me stronger. I’m a better person and a better player and I went through adversity and overcame it. So I’m fine with everyting that happened in the past. I love Texas to this day and I can’t wait to go back after the draft.”
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