It's tough to talk about the 6’1 Kabongo without discussing his playmaking skills … Kabongo is a special playmaker for others and really likes to look for teammates, whether it’s flashy or a basic kick in the flow of the offense … Plays the type of game that’s very fun to watch … An extremely quick guard, and really excels on the move and looks good in transition … Has very good floor vision, and is capable of making passes that make you say “how did he do/see that”? ... Excellent ball-handler who doesn’t have many problems getting where he needs to on the floor when you add in his speed and shiftiness … Really does a fantastic job of getting in the lane and finding teammates when his penetration draws attention defenders or attention to him … Understands how to play at different speeds and thus is hard to contain off the bounce ... Has an advanced ability to be almost equally effective in the transition game or in half-court sets, which is pretty rare for a young PG ... Feel for the game is impressive … Can operate in the pick and roll effectively … Pretty good athlete, with nice agility, leaping ability, and body control on top of his aforementioned speed and quickness … Also has good length … Is developing a promising 15 foot pull-up jumper, and has solid overall shooting mechanics that sporadically show when spotting up. If he's able to develop an automatic mid range jumper he is going to be a handful to contain … Will get his hands on passes defensively, and has quick reflexes … Shows very good leadership potential, and is a charismatic personality who’s vocal on the court … Will make contributions on the glass, despite his lack of size … Certainly a floor general … A charismatic young man with a reputation for being a strong character guy ... Has considerable upside
A 6’1 guard with a thin frame, Kabongo is not yet a man physically…He’s not strong right now and it shows when finishing around the rim in traffic and on D when he has to fight through screens and deal with physical play … Although he is an impressive passer and pure point, he can be unselfish to a fault, passing up shots ... Not a true scorer … Also needs to improve as a shooter, as teams will dive screens against him until he proves he can be more of a factor making jumpers … There are also times when Kabongo will attempt to go for the spectacular play when a more simple play is available, particularly as a passer … He has a definite flair to his game, but he will have to tone it down some to be a more steady PG … Although there are some sporadic flashes of a mid-range game with him at times, he needs to continue to work on his floaters and runners to alleviate his lack of long range shooting touch and lack of strength around the rim … Kabongo also is a gambler on D, and doesn’t show great fundamentals or physicality on this end, although his quickness and length allow him to be a pest pressuring the ball at times ...
Mid-Late Lotto 1st rounder
Well he's not the strongest player out there and is a liaiblity on defense because of his small frame. But his attributes as a floor general and quickness make up for that. A team looking for a good play maker who can see the floor well could really use a player like Kabongo.
are projected for 1-5th pick, but if we can get a mid 1st rounder I think we should really pick Kabongo up. We are in need of a legit playmaker whose quick and is not afraid to make mistakes with his ball handling ability. We have that in Calerdon, but he is slow and makes easy safe plays. I think its also a plus that he's from Canada, which will make him feel comfortable with the environment.
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