Sagaba Konate

Height: 6-8
Weight: 255
College: West Virginia
Classification: Junior
Birthdate: 3/19/1997

2019 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 87
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Solid finisher around the basket
Adequate low post scorer
Adequate mid-range shooter
Excels at scoring on the move
Good free throw shooter
Good rebounder
Good defensive player
Gifted shot blocker
Solid athlete
Great motor

 
Cons:

May need to extend his shooting range
Needs to improve his passing ability
Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers
Can be undisciplined defensively
Undersized to play inside
Overshadowed by a higher profile teammate
Has missed considerable time due to a knee injury

 
Summary:

Sagaba Konate is an athletic, energetic big man that will look to make high motor plays on both ends of the floor.  He’s been West Virginia’s best interior player during the 2017-18 season, and he has been their rim protector, as he has helped lead them to the Sweet 16 this year.​

If he were four inches taller, Konate would be considered a potential or likely first round prospect.  However, he is undersized to play inside, and he does not seem to possess a whole lot of perimeter skills.​

But if he can manage to get invited to the NBA Draft Combine, and play well there as well as in workouts, Konate could perhaps end up going late in the second round if he decides to stay in the draft.​

 

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

RealGM Profile

WVNews Article on Konate Testing the Waters

Rivals’ Article on Konate’s Knee Injury