WVU’s Konate To Seek NBA Evaluation

WVU’s Konate To Seek NBA Evaluation


West Virginia men’s basketball player Sagaba Konate is again going to test the NBA waters this year, though to this point he still retains the option to return to college next season.

According to WVU officials, Konate will submit the paperwork to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate watches his teammates warm up

“Per NCAA rules, in order to gain feedback from people associated with the NBA, players are required to submit the necessary paperwork to request an evaluation,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “Sags plans to do this while leaving open his option to return.”

Konate also tested the NBA waters last year but ultimately decided to return to WVU for his junior season.

His 2018-19 campaign was limited to just eight games of action, though. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound native of Bamako, Mali, suffered a knee injury late in the 2017-18 season, though he didn’t miss any games at that time. He eventually underwent surgery to repair the damage last summer. Konate still complained of knee pain even after the surgery, though. He did play in eight of West Virginia’s first nine games this season, averaging 13.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.75 blocks per game. But after helping the Mountaineers to a Dec. 8 victory over Pitt with a 16-point, nine-rebound, seven-block performance, he would be unable to play any further. Because his playing time was so limited this past season, Konate actually qualifies for a medical redshirt, meaning he still has two seasons of college eligibility remaining if he chooses to use them.

As a sophomore in 2017-18, Konate averaged 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in starting all 36 games for West Virginia, which went 26-11 and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. A third-team all-Big 12 selection and member of the league’s all-defensive team, he had the second most blocks in the country with 116 last year. His 191 career blocks are the most in WVU history. A graduate of Kennedy Catholic (Pa.) High School, Konate also averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman.

This is the first year that college prospects can test the NBA waters with the help of an agent, though it’s unclear at the moment is Konate is using such a representative.

Under new rules adopted by the NCAA last year, college players can utilized NCAA-certified agents so long as they request an “evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.” They must end the relationship with the agent if they return to college.

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    WVU’s Konate To Seek NBA Evaluation West Virginia men’s basketball player Sagaba Konate is again going to test the NBA waters this year, though to thi
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    #88091

    Combine May 15 – 19

    Must decide 10 days after to return or not..

    #88097

    Actually, if what I read is correct, he can keep his name in the draft and, if he isn’t drafted, terminate his relationship with his agent and return to school.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him try that route.  Of course, then he would run the risk of getting drafted as a late throw-away pick, nullifying his college eligibility, with no real route to an NBA roster.

    #88098

    Doesn’t say he’s leaving…..

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvw9RVJH03u/

     

    #88103

    I can’t see where his evaluation will be any different than last year.  He didn’t play enough to fully develop a consistent outside shot and with the injury, the evaluation may be worse that last year for the NBA.

    I have no doubt that he could find an opportunity overseas or possibly in the developmental league but I do not see either path leading to the NBA at this point.  Staying at WVU may actually give him the best developmental route assuming Culver stays and Oscar adjusts well to college ball.  In this instance he would have the opportunity to play more of a forward role though playing near the basket may always be his best position just not in the NBA.

    #88119

    He looks a little out of shape in the article lead picture. He and Huggs need to have a crucial conversation before he gives up his eligibility. He needs to be all about team if he stays in Morgantown. Otherwise Huggs should facilitate his exit. He can make money playing ball next year, but I highly doubt it will be in the NBA.

    #88129

    Doesn’t say he’s leaving….. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvw9RVJH03u/

    Trying to read between the lines is frustrating, without question.

    #88133

    But if I’m a betting man and had to put the house on stay or go it would be go.

    #88189

    How does this effect our Recruiting.? Not sure on whether to Recruit another big man or not. It is getting late  in the year for  recruiting

    #88191

    How does this effect our Recruiting.? Not sure on whether to Recruit another big man or not. It is getting late in the year for recruiting

    We better bring in some bigs.  We’ve down 4…West, Harris, Gordon and Esa…and all but Esa should have been coming back.  I wouldn’t bet a dime on Culver and Sags being back either.

    #88192

    Why would Culver leave?

    Nor polishes enough for a pro career and I do nor see being late for a game as being a deal breaker.

    #88233

    Chol anyone??????

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