Sagaba Konate out for CBI; West Virginia will apply for a medical redshirt for forward

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Sagaba Konate will not be a game-time decision for any game West Virginia plays in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Instead, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said the school will apply for a medical redshirt for the 6-foot-8 forward.
“I think we’re kind of concentrating on working him and then maybe getting a [medical] redshirt,” Huggins said Monday.
The Mountaineers (14-20) will host Grand Canyon (20-13), at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the first round of the CBI.
West Virginia or Konate have yet to make any official statement on the forward’s status for next season, but this is an indicator Konate is leaning toward coming back next season.
In last week’s Big 12 tournament, program sources confirmed Konate was considered a game-time decision in the quarterfinal game against Texas Tech.
He practiced with the team during the public shootaround on Tuesday, prior to the first-round game against Oklahoma, but did not dress for that game. He did dress for the team’s games against Texas Tech and Kansas, but did not play in either game.
Konate declined interview requests during the Big 12 tournament.
In applying for a medical redshirt, West Virginia will submit Konate’s case at the end of the season to the Big 12, which would make a final ruling.
It is a similar process the Mountaineers went through with former standout guard Joe Mazzulla in 2009, after a growth-plate fracture in his right shoulder cost him most of his junior season.
To be eligible for a medical redshirt, a player must have suffered a season-ending injury and can not have participated in more than 30 percent of his team’s games.
Konate has played in eight games this season, or 23.5 percent heading into the CBI. If granted the medical redshirt, the forward would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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