Not too many had seen Sagaba Konate before the July evaluation period, but when coaches were able to see him they liked what they saw. At 6-foot-9 with a good frame, solid athleticism, long arms, and the ability to rebound, Konate is someone with major long term potential. Konate hasn't played too much basketball, but the upside is defintiely there.
"Sabaga has committed to WVU," said Konate's AAU coach Jeff Kollar.
According to Kollar everything about about the situation in Morgantown was right for Konate.
"He love it all, the campus, the people, the players,and he really had a great connection with Coach (Bob) Huggins and Coach (Larry) Harrison," said Kollar. "I could tell by the smile on his face when he speaks about the school that he just connected emotionally."
Konate picked West Virginia over Pittsburgh, Purdue, Minnesota, George Washington, and a host of others. With his ability and his long term potential, a lot of schools saw him as someone who down the line could be a major contributor down the road and someone who could play a role immediately.
At the AAU Nationals in Louisville, Konate showed his potential leading his team in scoring and rebounding on a regular basis. Look for Konate to compete for playing time for the Mountaineers right away. He will likely be a center going forward, though it is possible that he could play power forward down the line as well.
This is the second commitment for the Mountaineers in the class. Konate joins in-state standout Chase Harler