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West Virginia's Konate withdraws from NBA draft

| Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) reacts after scoring against Marshall during the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 18, 2018, in San Diego.
West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate (50) reacts after scoring against Marshall during the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 18, 2018, in San Diego.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for the 2018-19 season.

West Virginia announced Konate's intentions Thursday.

Konate entered the draft process last month but didn't hire an agent. He had until May 30 to decide whether to return to school or remain in the draft.

Konate averaged 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game as a sophomore. His 116 blocks were second all-time for a season in school history to D'or Fischer's 124 in 2003-04.

Earlier this month, West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad also withdrew his name from the draft.

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