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West Virginia lands power forward Sagaba Konate

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Thursday evening West Virginia landed its third commitment in the Class of 2016, as three-star power forward Sagaba Konate made his pledge to join Bob Huggins’ program next year. Konate, who attends Kennedy Catholic HS in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, also held offers from programs such as Pittsburgh, Purdue, Dayton and George Mason.

The 6-foot-8 Konate comes from a family that has produced multiple college basketball players, with older brother Bakary playing at Minnesota and three others having completed their respective college playing careers.

Konate joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class to date, and in regards to strength and athleticism he should fit in well with the big men the Mountaineers utilize. Jonathan Holton and Marshall transfer TyQuane Goard are the lone seniors in the WVU front court this season, with Holton being a critical factor in the team’s full-court pressure defense.

Among the front court players with eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming season are juniors Devin Williams, Nathan Adrian and Brandon Watkins, redshirt sophomore Elijah Macon and freshmen Esa Ahmad and Lamont West. Watkins, who has struggled with health issues throughout his sophomore season, underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in late May and is likely to sit out this season as a medical redshirt.

Kansas forward Coleby sidelined with torn ACL

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While he wasn’t eligible to play for Kansas this season after transferring in from Ole Miss, power forward Dwight Coleby was expected to help the Jayhawks in practices. With Kansas having three seniors in its current front court, those practices were expected to help prepare Coleby for a spot in the Jayhawks’ front court rotation in 2016-17.

Unfortunately that won’t be the case, as Kansas announced Wednesday that Coleby suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury, which occurred during a team workout September 25, was of the non-contact variety according to the school.

“It was a non-contact injury that was unfortunate for him, particularly because he came here this year to practice against our guys and get better,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said Wednesday. “Even though it is a setback for him, through hard work, he’ll come back and he’ll be stronger than he ever has been by this time next year.”

Coleby averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Ole Miss last season. Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor are all seniors, with redshirt junior Landen Lucas and five-star freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg having eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 campaign.

Report: Iowa State admins ‘nickel and dimed’ Hoiberg’s program

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When it was announced during the summer that Fred Hoiberg would be leaving his position as head coach at Iowa State to take on the same role with the Chicago Bulls, few were surprised. “The Mayor” made a name for himself in his hometown of Ames as a high school and college player at Iowa State, and returned to lead the program to multiple NCAA tournament appearances and two Big 12 tournament titles.

However due to his experience in the NBA as a player and executive, a move to the pro game was seen by many as a matter of “when” it would occur as opposed to “if.” What many may not have bargained for was some of the circumstances that reportedly may have influenced Hoiberg’s decision to make the move to Chicago.

Wednesday Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune wrote a story detailing some of the issues Hoiberg’s program reportedly had to deal with away from the court, with the athletic administration “nickel and diming” the team in the years leading up to the head coach’s departure.

One example of this occurred following the team’s winning of the 2013 Diamond Head Classic on Honolulu.

The day after claiming the Diamond Head Classic championship in Hawaii in December 2013, the Iowa State men’s basketball team used luggage as beds and pillows in a hotel ballroom.

The Cyclones, on their way to the best start in school history, went without hotel rooms in order to save ISU from paying an extra night’s rate as they waited hours for their return flights to Iowa, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told the Ames Tribune.

“It was bush league,” one source said. “It was a mid-major move.”

It should be noted that both Pollard and Hoiberg were guests on 1460 KXNO-AM in Des Moines Wednesday afternoon, and they denied having issues with each other (in separate segments). That was one of the other issues cited in the story, with the two being “professional” but not all that close. Hoiberg also touched on the hotel room incident in his interview.

While that may not seem like a big deal, being used as a reason for the increase in prices “concerned” Hoiberg according to the story. And given the fact that he grew up in Ames, that’s certainly an understandable concern to have.


With Hoiberg having moved on, the question now is how this will all impact Steve Prohm as he looks to pick up where “The Mayor” left off. While on the court the talent is there for Prohm to have an immediate impact in his first season as head coach, financial support will factor into the efforts to make sure Iowa State basketball is successful for years to come.

And if there are issues between the administration and the head coach, that task becomes far more difficult.