It’s Official: Sagaba Konate Will Remain in the NBA Draft
Well, with Sagaba Konate it seems like nothing official. According to Jon Rothstein, Konate has told him he will remain in the NBA Draft and not return to WVU.
Sagaba Konate tells me that he plans to stay in the 2019 NBA Draft and will not return to West Virginia.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 28, 2019
The last year in Morgantown for Sagaba Konate has not went how he or Mountaineer fans would have hoped. After a 2017-2018 season that saw Konate make the All-Big 12 Conference third team and the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, he only played in eight games during his junior season.
As we reported earlier, Konate was not initially invited to the NBA Combine. This alone made it very unlikely for Konate to be selected in the NBA Draft.
Then just two weeks ago ten more players advanced from the NBA G League Combine to the NBA Combine. Even at this point, Konate did not receive an invite to the NBA Combine.
10 players advance from the @nbagleague Combine to NBA Combine:
Marial Shayok- Iowa St
Terence Davis- Ole Miss
DaQuan Jeffries- Tulsa
Cody Martin- Nevada
Dewan Hernandez- Miami
Tacko Fall- UCF
Jared Harper- Auburn
Tyler Cook- Iowa
O'Shae Brissett- Syracuse
Reggie Perry- Miss St
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 14, 2019
Despite the odds being against Konate being drafted, it still would be a realistic option for him to return to West Virginia University. Whether he was dealing with a serious injury last season or focusing on his future beyond Morgantown, it’s pretty obvious he has turned the page on his college career in Morgantown.
Good luck, Sags. Mountaineer fans and you alike will be waiting to hear your name called at the NBA Draft. Unfortunately we will all probably be waiting all night.