According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Canadian Myck Kabongo, a guard for the Texas Longhorns, will be suspended for the rest of the season by the NCAA.
Kabongo has been held out of the Longhorns’ lineup for the past few months while the NCAA has investigated whether the Toronto-native received impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul.
Paul currently represents LeBron James, as well as fellow Canadians and former Longhorns Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
Kabongo, at one point considered a potential first-round pick, is reported to have taken an expenses-paid trip to Cleveland to work out with professional trainer Jerry Powell. The NCAA is investigating how the trip was paid for, if the training was free, and whether Paul was involved.
Punishments for such cases require the benefits be repaid and usually hold a suspension anywhere from three to ten games. However, according to the report, Kabongo’s penalty will be harsher as he offered incorrect information to the NCAA when interviewed.
Powell told Yahoo! Sports in October that he had in fact worked out with Kabongo but the agent in question was not present. Powell also admitted to being questioned by the NCAA.
“I told the NCAA my side of the story,” Powell said. “I’m sure Myck told his side. I’m not trying to ruin nobody’s eligibility. It’s never been about anything but workouts with me. I’m a trainer. That’s all. I’m not aligned with anybody. I’m my own person. I don’t get caught up with any of that.”
This wouldn’t be the first time the NCAA has handed out such a penalty. Former Oklahoma State wide receiver and current Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant was suspended for the entire 2009 season for lying to the association.
Following the Longhorns’ upset win over North Carolina on Wednesday night, Texas coach Rick Barnes declined to comment on the report.
In 34 games for Texas last season, Kabongo averaged 9.6 points, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals.