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Morgantown, West Virginia – Former West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate was scheduled to play today for alumni team Best Virginia in the 1st round of the TBT, but unfortunately he sat at the end of the bench and did not play a single minute.

It now appears that he will miss the entire tournament.

Reportedly, Konate signed with professional Italian League team Pallacanestro Trieste of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A last week and they have instructed him to not participate in the TBT.

This, of course, is particularly disappointing for Best Virginia, who was counting on Konate to be the primary defensive stopper and rim protector for the team.

Konate, West Virginia’s all-time leader in blocked shots, has bounced around from the NBA G League to professional opportunities overseas, and still intends to make a run at making an NBA team.

Best of luck to Konate in the Italian League, but Best Virginia will certainly miss his defensive energy and presence during the TBT.

Best Virginia is back in action on Monday night at 9:00PM against the winner of D2 and Bleed Virginia.  The game will be televised live on ESPN2.

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