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21-year-old Timberwolves draft pick Ngombo is actually 26

Jun 24, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT


It’s hard for a 57th overall pick to make headlines less than 24 hours after being drafted, but Timberwolves draft pick Tanguay Ngombo has managed to do that for all the wrong reasons. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express made the discovery:

Uh-oh, looks like our guy T’Wolves draft pick Tanguy Ngombo has been busted for lying about his age: (hat-tip @sJacas )

As it turns out, the 21-year old Ngombo is actually 26, and will turn 27  in July. Ngombo was a long shot to ever play in the NBA anyways, but now the forward from Qatar’s NBA prospects are essentially officially done; in fact, according to the NBA rules, he was ineligible to be drafted. Somewhere, the undrafted Ben Hansborough and David Lighty must be fairly amused. Or angry. One of the two.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    How come he ineligible PBT? years ago I seen (chris winkey) misspelling sue me….but I think he was in his late 20s when he got drafted into the NFL!!!

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      just in case you were wondering, the NFL and NBA are two separate entities with different governing bodies that create different rules.

  2. bobulated - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    And the T-Wolves further cement their place in infamy as one of the most incompetent front offices in NBA history.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      No arguments there.

    • Justin - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      How is this the timberwolves fault? If anything it is the NBA’s fault for letting him be in the pool as someone who is draft eligible. I won’t disagree too much about the wolves being incompetent but at least use some of the other hundreds of examples.

      • iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        I wouldn’t say fault. More like destiny. The “other hundreds of examples” speak for themselves and this is just a cousin to those errors. Besides, there will be a human colony on Mars before the T-Wolves are no longer “in rebuilding mode.”

      • Justin - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:14 AM

        Touché. Especially on the Mars burn. I have to say that I am just not too upset that we won’t get the 57th pick to play for us. Was he really gonna amount to anything? It was destiny though.

      • theghostofwillisreed - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        how about the wolves do their due diligence and do a proper background check. you’re going to hand over millions of dollars to a kid and not request to see a birth certificate?

  3. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    NFL is apples NBA are oranges. 2 completely different sports, 2 completely different rules.

    • ryancheng78 - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      The Chris Weinke rule (NFL) is exactly like the Rafael Araujo rule (NBA) who was drafted at the age of 24 out of BYU.

      International athletes are automatically eligible if they turn 22 years old during that calender year of the draft.
      -They are least 22 during the calendar year of the draft.
      -Permanently resident outside the U.S. for at least three years before the draft while playing basketball outside the U.S.
      -Have never enrolled in a U.S. college or university.
      -Did not complete high school in the U.S.

      In Araujo’s case:
      -They have completed 4 years of their college eligibility. [He completed college when he was 24]
      -If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school class graduated.

  4. smitheye - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Bismack is next

    • connaniii - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      I believe somebody in this very same blog alerted over this unraveling situation!!!

  5. mogogo1 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Spent a bit of time searching, but couldn’t find an explanation as to why a player could be TOO OLD to be drafted by the NBA.

    But, it appears that nobody tried very hard to check this guy out because FIBA and other sources have him listed as being 26.

    • connaniii - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      Somebody didn´t do their homework, thats for sure!!!

    • tr975 - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      I read something earlier, not sure about the validity, but it had to do something with him being from Qatar and being too old to obtain a visa in order to play in the United States.

  6. Justin - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    “Ngo…. Ngo…. Notgonnaplayheranymore” (Office Space)

    • Justin - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      The thumbs down came from someone actually named Samir Nagheenanajar

  7. mogogo1 - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    This is a good example of how shallow this draft was (the 57th pick was viewed as such a total longshot that nobody felt the need to do any real research on him) but also how teams fall in love with the idea of finding the next great unknown overseas player. Looking at this debacle, they could have spent the pick on some longshot who played college here, known everything about him ahead of time, and at least the kid would have been a guarantee to show up for camp because he’d already be in the country.

    Some of these players from overseas are longshots just from the standpoint nobody is sure they’d even want to move here to play even if they had the talent. I have a hard time reading the draft report cards when the “experts” reason a guy was a good pick because if they finally get him over here a few years from now he might be able to contribute. Seems like the draft is hard enough going on talent alone, let alone trying to read the crystal ball about whether you’ll ever get the guy in your gym to see him play with your team.

  8. gunner1970 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Minnesota was a better state without the Timberwolves. You would think this team would somehow be able to do something right. Even when it isn’t there fault they look bad. Bottom feeders of the NBA. I grew up in Minny btw.

  9. mrklutch - Jun 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    KAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *raises fist*

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