The Mountaineers got some good news on Thursday as big man Sagaba Konate reportedly withdrew his name from the 2018 NBA Draft.
West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school next season. But news for the Mountaineers.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 24, 2018
Konate blossomed his sophomore season finishing third in the nation in blocks per game (3.2). He averaged 10.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game as well. With Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles gone to graduation, getting to bring back Konate to anchor the defense is a great step forward for the 2018-19 season. Konate will look to follow in Carter’s footsteps, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons.
This was a wise move for Konate, because if you’re not going to be a first-round pick in the NBA, coming back to school for another year of seasoning makes the most sense. Konate was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school and two years in already has put his name on the NBA map. He’s done a heck of a job with the talent he was given and watching him grow as a player and leader next season is going to be exciting for West Virginia fans.