Q&A with Myck Kabongo
With the 2011-2012 season close on the horizon the Texas Longhorns are preparing intensely for their impending season. One of the biggest story lines for the Longhorns is their Canadian import freshman PG Myck Kabango and the impact he will have on this Texas team. Already this budding star has shown not only an ability, but also a willingness to lead this team on the court and Texas hopes he can keep up the recent tradition of strong Canadian players shining bright in Austin.
There were a lot of factors. The first one was the relationship I have with Coach Barnes. Our relationship is very strong. A point guard needs a good relationship with his coach. Secondly, the city of Austin is a great city. There is no place like it, other than home, which is Toronto (Ontario, Canada). I also loved the style of play here.
What do you like about the coaching staff?
They want the best from you and they want the best for you. It’s helpful to have coaches who care about you. These coaches are pushing all of us individually and as a team.
What else do you like about UT?
I like the tradition. The tradition is great. Texas has had guards like T.J. Ford, D.J. Augustin and Royal Ivey who have come here and made their mark. I am just trying to be one of those guys. I just want to leave my mark at The University of Texas when I am done. I love the culture here. Austin is a good sports town. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be here.
Tell us about your anticipation for the start of the season.
I’m very excited. The team that I am going to be playing with is probably one of the best groups of guys I’ve been around. There are a lot of talented players on this team. I am more than excited for the 2011-2012 season, for the fans to actually see the talent we have this year on this team. I am excited to be a part of this Texas team.
How well are you making the adjustment to college life?
Making an adjustment to a place like Austin is not that hard. People around here are like family. I see Austin as my second home. Coming to Austin has been a smooth and easy transition. I am just happy to be here and I am blessed.
How much did the coaching staff’s ability to send players to the next level contribute to your decision to become a Longhorn?
The player development here is unbelievable, so I knew I would be in good hands. The coaching staff here puts its players in the right position to be able to move up to that next level. They put us in the right spots as point guards, and I believe that the staff does that with every player here, not just the point guard. You’ve seen bigger guys like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant who got it done here. All the credit is due to the coaches who develop us and spend a lot of time helping us get better.
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