Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 9/22/13
On Monday evening, we introduced you to the name Bakary Konate, a 6-foot-11 center out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, KS. Rick Pitino traveled to watch the unknown Konate play in an open gym session on Sunday. Konate’s high school coach Luke Barnwell tells Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal that following the workout, Pitino offered him a scholarship. Konate is originally from Mali and spent the previous four years playing in Spain. Because he has been overseas and didn’t play any AAU, Konate is basically an unknown prospect. He’s not listed in the database for Rivals, Scout or 247Sports. Barnwell tells the C-J that Konate still needs to take the SAT before he can take visits to any schools. While in Spain, he played for Spanish ACB squad Gran Canaria, which is actually a pro club. However, Konate has reportedly been able to maintain his amateur status and hasn’t received any benefits that would make him a pro. Regardless, I’m sure this will be something that the NCAA look...
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