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Canadian Mfiondu Kabengele hires agent, declares for 2019 NBA Draft

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Canadian Mfiondu Kabengele has decided to forego his remaining two years at Florida State University by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft and hiring an agent, per his Twitter page.

Kabengele, the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, leaves Florida State after a successful two seasons in which he showed great growth and development, sharing that: "It's been an incredible journey and I have learned so much along the way, and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of it."

In a reserve role this past season, the 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore averaged a team-high 13.2 points to go along with 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.2 percent from the field in just 21.6 minutes per game. As a result of his performance in the 2018-19 season, Kabengele was named ACC Sixth Man of the Year and Honourable Mention All-ACC.

The 21-year-old recorded three double-doubles in 2018-19 including a monster 21-point, 10-rebound performance in an opening round over Vermont in the NCAA Tournament. With tournament averages of 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, Kabengele helped lead the Seminoles to the Sweet Sixteen where they would lose to Gonzaga,

Kabengele is now the fourth Canadian to have declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, joining Ignas Brazdeikis, Simi Shittu and Nickeil Alexander- Walker.

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