The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Targuy Ngombo with the No. 57 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Timberwolves scout Pete Philo discovered the 21-year-old from Qatar and convinced general manager David Kahn to draft him.
One problem – – Targuy Ngombo is not his real name and he’s not 21, according to SB Nation Minnesota:
Except Targuy Ngombo is actually Tanguy Alban Harrys Ngombo, a soon-to-be 27-year-old forward who apparently duped everyone on his way to hearing his name called by Adam Silver on Thursday night.
Ngombo was first brought to the mainstream’s attention by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express earlier in the week when he mentioned there was a good chance that the Congolese native could get drafted out of Qatar (stay with me now). Timberwolves scout Pete Philo apparently discovered Ngombo and convinced Kahn he was worthy of a draft pick while assuming the small forward was only 21 as it says on his NBA.com page.
New revelations have shown that Ngombo is actually 26, a fact easily confirmed by looking at Qatar’s roster on the FIBA website in anticipation of the 2012 Olympics in London. This makes Ngombo ineligible to be drafted according to both Givony and ESPN’s John Hollinger.
This would only happen to Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves.