PTS: 26 at Boston College (1-20-19)
REBS: 12 vs. The Citadel (11-24-17), 12 at Miami (1-7-18), 12 vs. Missouri (3-16-18)
BLKS: 4 vs. Gonzaga (3-22-18), vs. Winthrop (1-1-19), vs. NC State (3-2-19)
STL: 2 vs. Syracuse (1-13-18), vs. Winthrop (1-1-19), Duke (1-12-19), vs. Louisville (2-9-19). vs. Virginia Tech (3-5-19)
2018 ACC Academic Basketball Team
2019 All-ACC (Honorable Mention)
2019 All-ACC Sixth man of The Year
2019 All-ACC Tournament (1st Team)
The No. 27 overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets on June 20, 2019…his draft rights were then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers…announced his intentions to enter his name as an early entrant candidate for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft on April 9, 2019 after only three seasons (one redshirt season) at Florida State…earned All-ACC Honorable Mention, was named the ACC Sixth Man of the Year and was named to the ACC All-Tournament First Team in leading the Seminoles to a record-setting year in 2019…the Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, won a school-record 29 overall games, won a school-record 13 ACC games, finished in fourth place in the ACC standings and played in the ACC Championship game for the third time in school history during the 2018-19 season…became the first player in school history to lead the Seminoles in scoring without starting a game…averaged a career-high and team-leading 13.2 points per game as a redshirt sophomore during the 2018-19 season…led the Seminoles in total points (489) and average points scored (13.2 ppg) despite playing only 21.6 minutes per game – the fifth highest average total amongst his teammates despite not starting a single game…a member of three NCAA Tournament teams during his career at Florida State…helped the Seminoles reach the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament during his redshirt season, the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2018 as a redshirt sophomore and the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament as a redshirt sophomore…played in seven career NCAA Tournament games…the Seminoles’ posted a 5-2 record in the NCAA Tournament games he played in…the Seminoles finished his final season at Florida State with a 29-8 overall record and in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 13-5 record in conference play…his incredible work with Seminoles’ Associate Head Coach Stan Jones during his redshirt season (2016-17) allowed him to gain confidence and increase his ability which allowed him to quickly become both an offensive and defensive force for the Seminoles in the ACC and nationally…dedicated himself to the game as he lost weight, reshaped his body and increased his physicality which allowed him to show his dominating presence throughout the 2017-18 season…his redshirt season also allowed him to observe, learn and study the game of basketball for the first time in his career…his workouts with Jones consisted of conditioning, ball handling and learning how to take the basketball to the rim…he has since focused heavily on his diet and workout routine to lose weight and alleviate pain on his knees…often had to play the center position during his redshirt freshman season for the Seminoles because of the injury to starting center Christ Koumadje that forced the 7-4 rim protector to miss 11 games in the heart of the season…helped Florida State earn a 9-2 record during Koumadje’s absence from Nov. 22 through Jan. 3…has been measured with a 7-1 wingspan…was a guard in high school until the end of his junior season when he grew three inches and began his senior season at 6-7…ranked as the 65th best prep player nationally by 247sports.com entering college for the 2016-17 season…ranked as a top-10 player in the state of Indiana according to 247sports.com following his prep season at Don Bosco…academically talented as he helped the Seminoles earn a team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC for the 2016-17 season…named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Basketball Team…earned the Unsung Hero Award at the Florida State Basketball Banquet in 2017 as presented by the Seminole coaching staff…named the Seminoles’ Most Improved Player and shared the Dave Cowens Chairman of The Boards Award at Florida State’s 2018 season-ending Honors Banquet…earned two awards at Florida State’s Honors banquet in 2019: presented with Florida State’s Sixth Man Award while sharing the Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player award.
Averaged 13.2 points (first on the team), 5.9 rebounds (second) and a career-high 1.5 blocked shots (first) while playing 21.6 minutes per game (fifth) as he enjoyed his best of two seasons of a Seminole…named the ACC Sixth man of the Year making him the first player in school history to earn the award from the ACC…played in all 37 games for the Seminoles but was not a starter in a single game…joined by only Robert Martin of Rice (32 games, 0 starts, 389 points, 12.2 ppg) as the two players in the nation who led their respective teams in scoring without starting a game…his play in leading the Seminoles in scoring helped Florida State reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament marking the second consecutive year the Seminoles had advanced at least as far as the Sweet 16…Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament…ranked 24th in the ACC in scoring and was the only conference player in the top-25 in scoring who did not start a single game…ranked ninth in the ACC in blocked shots with his career-high 1.5 blocked shots per game average…increased his statistics in ACC play as he ranked 18th in the league in scoring (14.1 ppg) and 16th in the league in rebounding (6.6 rpg)…also finished fifth in the ACC in blocked shots with a 1.7 blocked shots per game average in 18 league games…totaled 31 of his 56 blocked shots for the season (.607 percent) in ACC play…blocked six shots in three ACC Tournament games including three in the Seminoles’ second-round victory over Murray State (March 23)…was Florida State’s leading scorer in 14 different games including against defending National Champion Villanova (11 points, Nov 25) in the championship game of the AdvoCare Classic, in nine games against ACC Opponents and against both Vermont (March 21) and Murray State in the NCAA Tournament…also led the Seminoles in rebounding 13 times including against Villanova, in the Seminoles’ ACC opener against National Champion Virginia (Jan. 5), and against Vermont and Gonzaga (March 28) in the ACC Tournament…the Seminoles’ team leader with three double-doubles…his double-doubles came at home against Duke (24 points and 10 rebounds, Jan. 12), at Clemson (19 points and 11 rebounds, Feb. 19) and against Vermont in the NCAA Tournament (21 points and 10 rebounds)…ranked second among his Seminole teammates with four games during which he scored 20 points or more…totaled 26 at Boston College (Jan. 20), 24 against North Florida (Dec. 19), 22 vs. Louisville (Feb. 9), 22 against Murray State and 21 against Vermont…his 20 plus point outings came in consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn…tied for second on the team with three games of double figure rebounds…earned 10 rebounds against Duke in the Donald L. Tucker Center, 11 at Clemson and 10 vs. Vermont in the NCAA Tournament…totaled 12 points, five rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in Florida State’s victory at Tulane (Nov. 11)…totaled 18 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes of play in Florida State’s victory over Canisius in the AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 19)…Florida State’s hero with a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer to lift Florida State over No. 19 LSU, 79-76, in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 23)…his basket came from the right corner in front of the Seminole bench with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Seminoles the come-from-behind win…the Seminoles trailed by nine with 3:05 remaining in regulation before outscoring the Tigers by a 12-3 margin to close the second half and by an 11-8 margin in overtime…Kabengele’s 3-point shot made it certain the Seminoles would win the game after not trailing in the overtime period…totaled 11 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes of playing time against Villanova in the championship game of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational…scored 15 points, pulled down three rebounds, added one blocked shot and one steal in Florida State’s victory over UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Dec. 8)…scored 24 points and seven rebounds in Florida State’s 95-81 win over North Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 19)…scored 10 points to go along with four blocked shots, two rebounds and two steals in Florida State’s victory over Winthrop in Tallahassee (Jan. 1)…totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in Florida State’s game against No. 1 Duke in Tallahassee…was his third career double-double and first in ACC play (Jan. 12)…scored his career-high of 26 points to go along with nine rebounds at Boston College (Jan. 20)…led Florida State in scoring with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and one blocked shot in Florida State’s victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 22)…scored 17 points, pulled down six rebounds, blocked two shots in Florida State’s win over Miami in Coral Gables (Jan. 27)…totaled 12 points, two rebounds and two blocked shots in Florida State’s victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Feb. 2)…scored 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds, was credited with two blocked shots and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome…made a career-high 4 3-point field goals in Florida State’s victory over the Orange (Feb. 5)…Florida State’s leading scorer with 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot in Florida State’s overtime victory over Louisville (Feb. 9)……Florida State’s leading scorer with his fourth double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to go along with two blocked shots and one steal in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson (Feb. 19)…totaled 10 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Notre Dame in Tallahassee (Feb. 25)…Florida State’s leading scorer with 16 points, 5 rebounds, a career-high tying four blocked shots and 1 steal in Florida State’s 78-73 win over NC State in Tallahassee (March 2)…Florida State’s leading scorer with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in Florida State’s overtime win over Virginia Tech on Senior Night in Tallahassee (March 5)…scored seven points, added eight rebounds and blocked three shots in Florida State’s 65-63 overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament…basket in overtime tied the game at 60-60 with 2:08 left in the win and led to the heroics of both Phil Cofer and Terance Mann to send the Seminoles to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament (March 14)…totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in Florida State’s 69-59 win over No. 2 Virginia in the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (March 15)…totaled a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Seminoles’ ACC Tournament championship game appearance against Duke at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C…(March 16)…his fifth career double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Vermont in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. (March 21)…totaled a team-high 22 points, seven rebounds, a team-high three blocked shots and one steal in Florida State’s 90-62 win over Murray State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn…the win over Murray State sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season (March 23).
Averaged 7.2 points (sixth on the team), 4.6 rebounds (fourth), 0.9 blocks (third) and 14.8 minutes played while playing in 34 games as one of the top reserves in college basketball…scored points in bunches as he averaged nearly 0.5 points per minute played in his first season on the court for the Seminoles…helped lead the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament as he averaged 8.3 points and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds as the No. 9 seed Seminoles advanced to within one game of the second Final Four in school history…helped Florida State reach the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with three wins over higher seeded teams and two wins over top-10 ranked teams as the Seminoles won at least three games in the same NCAA Tournament for only the third time in school history (1972, 1993 and 2018)…helped lead the Seminoles to victories over No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 67-54), No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 75-70) and No. 4 seed Gonzaga (March 22, 75-60)…the Seminoles’ leader on defense in the NCAA Tournament with a team-leading 23 rebounds (5.8 rpg) and a team-leading eight blocked shots (2.0 bpg)…led the Seminoles to victories over No. 8 seed Missouri (March 16, 67-54) and No. 1 seed Xavier (March 18, 75-70) to reach the Sweet 16 then to a victory over No. 4 seed Gonzaga (March 22, 75-60) to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993…averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in Florida State’s victories over Fordham (Nov. 17, 67-43) and Colorado State (Nov 19, 90-73) to lead the Seminoles to the championship of the inaugural Jamaica Classic…helped Florida State to six wins over nationally ranked teams: at No 5 Florida (Dec. 4, 83-66), at home against No 11 North Carolina (Jan. 3, 81-80), in Tallahassee against No. 24 Miami (Jan. 27, 103-94 in overtime), against No. 11 Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 14, 81-79 in overtime), in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 3 Xavier and in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament against No. 8 Gonzaga – a win that sent the Seminoles to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993…finished 16th in scoring, sixth in rebounding and tied for 10th in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.385) among freshmen in the ACC…in finishing as Florida State’s sixth leading scorer, he scored in double figures in 11 games including two in ACC play (in wins over Syracuse and Pitt), against Louisville in the ACC Tournament and in his first career NCAA Tournament game against Missouri at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. … was Florida State’s leading scorer in two games (against Fordham in the Jamaica Classic and against Missouri in the NCAA Tournament)…named the Seminoles’ Most Improved Player at their 2018 Honors Banquet and began earning that award at the beginning of the season after redshirting and not playing during the 2016-17 season…averaged 12.3 points and shot .667 percent from the field (14 of 21) as he helped lead Florida State to victories in its first three games of the season…totaled 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal during his career-debut against George Washington in the Seminoles’ 87-67 win over the Colonials in Florida State’s season opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Nov. 14)…scored a team-leading 15 points and pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds in 12 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 67-43 win over Fordham in the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 17)…totaled 12 points, four rebounds and one assist in Florida State’s 90-73 victory over Colorado State in the championship game of the Jamaica Classic (Nov. 19)…scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds in 14 minutes in Florida State’s 101-90 double overtime victory over Syracuse in Tallahassee (Jan. 13)…scored 13 points (on a career-high nine of 11 made free throws), pulled down six rebounds, blocked one shot and earned one steal in 18 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ win over Pittsburgh in Tallahassee (Feb. 18)…totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in Florida State’s game against Louisville in the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center (March 7)…set his own tone in ACC play as he totaled 10 points, three rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes against Duke in his first career appearance in Cameron Indoor Stadium (Dec. 30)…tied for the Seminoles’ lead with two double-doubles during the season…first career double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds in 14 minutes of play in the Seminoles’ 113-78 win over the Citadel in Tallahassee (Nov. 24)…made six of nine shots from the field and was a perfect four of four from the free throw line in totaling his 16 points against the Citadel…second career double-double of 14 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds in Florida State’s 67-54 win over Missouri in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (March 16)…double figure rebounds three times including once in non-conference play against the Citadel as Florida State finished 11-1 on its pre-ACC schedule, once in ACC play as he pulled down his ACC career-high of 12 rebounds at Miami (Jan. 7) and in his first NCAA Tournament game against Missouri in the Seminoles’ 67-54 first round win over the Tigers…totaled at least eight rebounds in five different games…third on the team in blocked shots with 29 – the ninth highest total by a freshman in school history…his career-high of four blocked shots came in the Seminoles’ 75-60 victory over Gonzaga at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 22)…the win advanced the Seminoles to the Elite Eight for the third time in school history…earned three blocked shots in the Seminoles’ victory over Loyola (Md.) (Dec. 6) in Tallahassee, against Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and at Miami in the third ACC game of his career (Jan. 7)…multiple blocked shots came in eight different games as a redshirt freshman.
A redshirt season…helped the Seminoles to the 2017 NCAA Tournament…Florida State finished with a 23-12 record and earned a No. 3 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament…the Seminoles defeated Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament…practiced and traveled with the Seminoles throughout the season…one of the most active Seminoles in terms of preparation as he could regularly be found working on and improving his game…one of the Seminoles’ hardest workers in practice…worked directly with Seminoles’ Associate Head Coach Stan Jones before and after each daily practice and extensively before every home game…Jones put Kabengele through a more rigorous workout than what many players would see in a game as the two worked to improve his skill and prepare him for the remainder of his career at Florida State.
Averaged a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field, 81 percent from the free throw line and 38 percent from the 3-point line during his postgraduate year at the school…totaled a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds against Malcom X Junior College on Dec. 14, 2016…the Bosco Institute is located just about one hour outside of Chicago…Including Kabengele, current Florida State teammate Malik Osborne played at the Bosco Institute…Kabengele and the Seminoles will face Bosco alums Grady Eifert of Purdue, David Skara of Clemson and Luka Kraljevic of Boston College during the 2018-19 season.
Graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 2015…averaged 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior at Corpus Christi…totaled a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds against Vaughn High School…Vaughn is a top five team in the Ontario area…hit the game-winning 3-point shot to lift Corpus Christi past Halton High School in the Catholic Cup Finals as a senior.
Born August 14, 1997…Mfiondu is the son of Tshilongo and Tshimanga Kabengele…played with Notre Dame guard Nikola Djogo at Don Bosco in 2016…the nephew of former NBA standout Dikembe Mutombo…his mother is a sister of Mutombo, who entered the NBA Hall of Fame in 2015 and is widely known for his humanitarian work outside of basketball…Mutombo has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame…played for the Canada Drive Basketball AAU team…selected Florida State over Wisconsin, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Boston College…major is International Affairs.