Last year coming out of HS just about everyone on the site except for me raved about how good Kabongo was, but once he stepped on campus he disappointed you all with his play. I still couldn't see how he was compared to Rondo at all and it took for me to throw out the Erick Barkley comparison out there for many to see he was more like Barkley instead of Rondo.
So far this year he has not stepped foot on the court which leads me to ask does he declare this year, how high are you on him and where do you rank him amongst the PGs in this years draft class?
Not high, looks like the second coming of TJ Ford to me
tj ford was actually good.. injuries killed him.. he had some bad spine problems..
Seasons still early, could come back and play really well, he's no scrub. I think the biggest question on him is his physically can he hold up in the nba right now at under 180 lbs? Probably not.
I question his ability to shoot the ball and not finish around the rim.
he was and is way too skinny, their is no way he can/could survive in the nba. physical point guards will go at him and eat him alive. kabongo sounds like a board game and physical point guards will be playing bowling with him.
If Kabongo submits his name he'll get drafted. 6ft2 180 isn't as small as you'd think. The league is full of players who were thought of as not big enough, strong enough, fast enough etc etc. Ellis is 6ft3 185. Jennings came in at 6ft1 170. Rubio is 6ft5 180.
Basketball is a game of deception and skill. Its not football. You can't just run your opponent over. If Kabongo moves his feet and stays infront of his man he'll be fine. Kabongo is lethal with the ball and has excellant passing and creativity. I'm sure he'll find a way to be successful under an NBA training and nutrion program.
Darren collison is 6 foot 175lbs and not super athlete. Hot snot you are right. Size in the NBA means little right now, teams are playing 2 point guards together. I think that he could be a similar player to collison. worst case for him, he is a quality back up
I still like him enough to have him as a late teens low twenties pick. He's a natural floor leader and playmaker with very good vision and length for his position. He might not finish well, but he does know how to seek contact on drives. Word is that he's up to 180 lbs so he's working hard on gaining bulk and strength (was around 160 in HS). I still have concerns about his jumper, but I don't think he's a lost cause in that area. It's not a broken shot.
He needs a lot of polish, you can see the upside handling, running the offense, and getting to the rim. He just needs time, coaching, and to better develop his fundamentals as a shooter and defender. He is like a poor mans Rondo