The Minnesota Timberwolves draft at first glance appeared to be one of the better drafts in recent history until one of their second round picks duped them into believing that he was younger than he actually was.
Targuy Ngombo was the 57th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft who claimed to twenty-one is actually twenty-six year old Tanguy Ngombo.
We get more from NESN:
On Friday, it was revealed that the team had actually traded for 26-year-old Tanguy Ngombo.
Ngombo, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Qatar, claimed to be 21 when he declared for the NBA Draft. Yet the Qatar roster for the 2012 Olympics states his birth year as 1984 — meaning that the 21-year-old is actually a 26-year-old. If this is the case, Ngombo was ineligible to be drafted.
Ngombo was selected by the Portland Trailblazers, who took the forward with a pick they acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Rudy Fernandez deal. Portland then traded Ngombo to Minnesota.
Sadly, the Minnesota Timberwolves appear to have egg on their face again.