In last night’s NBA draft, Tanguy Ngombo was selected with the 57th overall pick late in the second round by the Portland Trailblazers (with a pick they acquired from the Mavericks) and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 6’6″ forward was listed by many expert draft websites as a 21-year old prospect out of Qatar with solid athleticism, but not much more was known about him, including his accurate date of birth. According to multiple outlets and information from Draft Express it looks as if Ngombo not only lied about his age, but also the spelling of his first name, as he was drafted under the name “Targuy Ngombo” instead of “Tanguy”. Here is a picture of his Fiba profile page for the upcoming 2012 Olympic games:
Qatar’s own player profile page for Ngombo lists him as being born in 1984, which would make him 26 and some change instead of the suspected 21. If this all is indeed true (which is looking very likely) then this means that Ngombo was ineligible to be drafted. Sucks for him and Minnesota. Somehow in what was shaping up to be a good draft for the Timberwolves, David Kahn strikes again.