Tag: Tanguay Ngombo


Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick


This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog.

Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league in Qatar (yes, apparently they have a league there) was 26 years old, not 21 as the Timberwolves had believed.

If he was 26 he was ineligible for the draft. The league investigated and it was possible the Wolves could be punished, but that may not happen, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports (via Ball Don’t Lie and TBJ).

While we’re on the topic, sources say the Wolves expect a favorable ruling from the NBA office that they will be able to keep No. 57 pick Tanguy Ngombo despite a dispute over his age. Though information has come to light that Ngombo is 26 – and thus ineligible for the draft – sources say the Wolves have government documentation from multiple entities that Ngombo is, in fact, 21. The belief among some executives is that a team should not be punished if government documentation is inaccurate.

If the Wolves have government documents showing the native of the Congo is 21, then they should not be fined. That said, the fact the rest of the world figured this out within 24 hours of the draft but the Timberwolves were surprised calls into question the quality of research that was done here. At the end of the second round the Timberwolves took a crazy shot in the dark rather than drafting a guy who might actually make the league out of college. If one were cynical, one would say the Wolves intentionally drafted a guy they would never have to pay.

This is a 26-year-old nobody else had seen, not on anyone else’s draft boards, and now he is the Timberwolves property. This is the last we will hear of him. Good luck in Qatar, Ngombo.

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


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:http://bit.ly/kfxzqp (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.