Katz: As star PG sits, Texas' frustration grows

NEW YORK -- Texas coach Rick Barnes is adamant in his assessment of the Longhorns.

Get Myck Kabongo and Jaylen Bond back and the Longhorns will be just fine.

But when?

"We'll be a much better team when we're back,'' said Bond of the 5-2 Longhorns, who play Georgetown on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. "Myck and I do things that we don't have. Myck at the point and me being physical. Once we're back, we can be fine.''

In a T-shirt and sweatpants, Bond was working with a trainer throughout Tuesday's shootaround at MSG. He was trying to be as limber as possible as he deals with a nagging fascia foot injury. The 6-7 Bond lasted just five minutes in a disheartening loss to Chaminade in Maui. That's his only action this season and his return date is unknown, although surgery not needed.

But what about Kabongo, the team's starting point guard?

Barnes doesn't want to get into a verbal tussle with the NCAA as he awaits word, he said the organization hasn't kept Texas in the loop. So the Longhorns are totally clueless about when Kabongo will return.

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