The class of 2016 player, who had offers from Pitt and George Washington, among others, visited WVU last weekend and gave head coach Bob Huggins his verbal commitment Oct. 1. The Kennedy Catholic (Pa.) product shows a sizeable wingspan and the ability to play the four or five positions. Konate is the second verbal in the 2016 class for the Mountaineers, who had already gained a verbal from shooting guard Chase Harler.
Harler, a shooting guard out of Central Cartholic High, and Konate give West Virginia a solid start to the class. The upside for Konate is significant, and his best basketball remains ahead of him as he continues to develop. Scout writer Brian Snow wrote that "Not too many had seen Sagaba Konate efore 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 definitely there.
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."
Konate's older brother originally played at Minnesota, and has now transferred to Boston University. Two other brothers play at Point Park. Check back with Scout and BlueGoldNews.com for more details soon.