Adding Upside


Toronto Raptors Sign Undrafted Free Agent Sagaba Konate

After going off the board by drafting Dewan Hernandez with the 59th pick in the NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors continued to put in more work.

With the undrafted pool still full with upside, the NBA champions – God that felt good – have signed West Virginia center Sagaba, Konate. The 22-year old is the all-time leading shot blocker in Mountaineers’ school history and was identified as one of the best rim protectors in the entire class.

Slightly undersized for his position, standing at 6-foot-8, Konate comes with a strong 246 pound frame and a seven foot wingspan. He’s characterized as a powerful athlete with offensive limitations, but incredible defensive instincts and fundamentals. Slow-footed due to his size, Konate will undoubtedly need to lose some weight while attempting to maintain his athleticism.

Born in Mali, West Africa, Konate averaged 13.6 points and eight rebounds per game, expanding his game out to the three-point line in his third and final year with West Virginia. Despite missing a majority of his junior season due to injury, Konate averaged three three-point attempts per game, making 39-percent of his attempts.

Still some talent remaining, will be interesting to follow Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster over the next 48 hours.


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