WVU’s Konate Takes Another Step Towards The NBA
West Virginia University men’s basketball forward Sagaba Konate has moved on to the next step in making himself available for the 2019 NBA draft.
A few weeks ago the Mountaineer junior took the first step in the process by submitting the paperwork needed to request an evaluation for the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
Then on Monday, Konate took the next step and submitted his name for the 2019 NBA Draft, and he plans to sign with an agent.
That still does not completely slam the door on his college career. April 21 was the deadline to declare for the NBA draft, but that doesn’t mean Konate can’t still reverse course. As long as he signs with an NCAA-certified agent, he can withdraw from the draft by May 29 – at which time he also must disassociate from his agent. If he signs with a non-NCAA-certified agent, he does not have the option of returning to college.
Undergraduates who do not withdraw by May 29 can also still return to school if they do not get picked in either of the two rounds of the NBA Draft, which this year will be conducted on June 20. If they are selected in any spot in the draft, their college careers are over.
Also, if undrafted, an underclassmen can try another professional avenue, be it the G League or a foreign league, but the avenue would remain for them to return to college as well.
Thus while Konate has taken a second step close to attempting to play professional basketball next year, he does still have an open door to return to West Virginia, at least for now.
The junior from Bamako, Mali, played in eight games in 2018-19, averaging 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Against Pitt on Dec. 8, Konate set the WVU career record for blocked shots with 191. His junior season was hampered by a knee injury, which kept him from playing in the Mountaineers final 27 games this past year.
During his West Virginia career, Konate has scored 650 points and grabbed 450 rebounds.
“Every kid who plays basketball growing up has a dream of playing in the NBA,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “We wish Sags nothing but the best as he chases that dream.”