Longhorn basketball star Myck Kabongo is leaving school to join the NBA, the University announced today, making himself eligible for the 2013 draft.
The point guard played in the team's last 11 games, after serving an NCAA suspension for the season's first 23 games. According to the NCAA, Kabongo broke the rules by accepting a trip to Cleveland that he didn't pay for, and then lied about it twice while speaking with investigators.
In addition to missing playing time, the NCAA forced Kabongo to pay $475 to a charity of his choice as restitution.
Last night at the annual team banquet, sophomore team captain Kabongo was honored as MVP. In the games he played, he led the team in scoring, assists, steals, and minutes played.
After a losing season that saw his team finish 16-18, coach Rick Barnes will lose three top players. Sophomores Sheldon McClellan and Jaylen Bond have both announced they'll be transferring away from UT. McClellan was the team's leading scorer for the season.
Despite the disappointment of his limited playing time and tenure at the school, fans will remember Kabongo's career-high 31 points in an overtime victory over Oklahoma in February.