Kabongo to miss opener as NCAA continues probe, Bond out with ankle injury

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Sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo will not play in Texas' season opener against Fresno State on Friday night as the NCAA continues its investigation into allegations that he received improper benefits from an agent earlier this year.

Kabongo averaged 9.6 points per game and a team-best 5.2 assists per game as a freshman last year. He has been practicing with the team but did not play in either of the team's scrimmages against Davidson last month or against Gonzaga last weekend.

The NCAA is looking into whether agent Rich Paul, who represents former Longhorns Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, along with reigning NBA MVP LeBron James, gave Kabongo any impermissible benefits while he traveled to Cleveland in May for workouts with Thompson in May.

Freshman Javan Felix is a prime candidate to serve as the Longhorns' starting point guard in Kabongo's absence. Fellow freshman guard Demarcus Holland and Ioannis Papapetrou, who can play multiple positions, are also among those that can play point guard if needed.

Head coach Rick Barnes said Wednesday that sophomore forward Jaylen Bond, the team's top returning rebounder from last year, will also miss Friday's season opener with an ankle injury.