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Shot blocking forward Sagaba Konate to withdraw from NBA draft, return to WVU

West Virginia University says junior forward Sagaba Konate will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to the Mountaineers. (WVU Athletics)

The shot blocker will be back.

West Virginia University junior forward Sagaba Konate, who has been making a name for himself on the court by swatting shots away with much authority, will withdraw from the NBA draft and will be returning to the Mountaineers next season, the school announced in a news release.

“I am glad that I was able to gain feedback and to get experience from being invited to the NBA Draft Combine,” Konate said in a statement. “It was a great experience, and I’m ready to get back to work with my teammates at West Virginia.”

A native of Bamako, Mali, Konate averaged 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in 2017-18. He finished the season second nationally in blocked shots with 116. Konate was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Third Team and to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team.

WVU Coach Bob Huggins said the school is “pleased that Sags will be back in a Mountaineer uniform. As with Esa, JC (Jevon Carter) and others in past, Sags went through the process in a systematic and professional manner. The experience and feedback from the NBA Draft Combine will help him in the future.”

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