After putting together a season that saw him lead Florida State in scoring despite coming off the bench, ACC Sixth Man of the Year Mfiondu Kabengele has declared for the NBA Draft.
The redshirt sophomore has affirmed his intention to hire representation. With new draft rules in place, this no longer means the player cannot return to college, though it is a strong sign of what he would like to do. His deadline to withdraw from the draft is in June.
Kabengele was a force for the Seminoles this season, averaging 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, both significant improvements from his numbers the season before.
Our own Michael Rogner had this to say about Kabengele following Florida State’s loss to Duke in January of this year:
Mfiondu Kabengele played the best game of his career. The scouts noticed. This is a kid who was destined for a fringe Division I program before FSU scouted and offered him a scholarship. I can’t repeat the words that described how he looked in his first practices at Florida State. Against Duke he had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, which was the sophomore’s 3rd career double-double.
Though the top of the draft will be dominated by big names, Kabengele consistently showed out on national stages, boosting his profile and resume for the next level.