|Team: Minnesota, Junior|
H: 6' 11"|
W: 235 lbs
(22 Years Old)
|RSCI: 188 ||
High School: Sunrise Christian
Hometown: Bamako, Mali
Malian center Bakary Konate, one of the more experienced players on this African roster as a member of Spanish ACB squad Gran Canaria and someone we've seen play fairly extensively at the Euroleague junior tournament level, had just an average showing over the course of the week. His biggest limitations are physical ones. His body is still underdeveloped and his frame does not leave much room for optimism at the moment. His coordination and balance suffer in turn, making it difficult for him to establish himself as a presence in the paint at either end of the floor despite his excellent size and length.
With that said, Konate did drop some intriguing hints of potential. He showed nice timing rotating for emphatic weak side blocks, made some good interior passes and hit the occasional turnaround jumper in the post. He also has some feistiness to him (even if he lacks the strength to take advantage of it at the moment), and he is clearly still in a premature stage of development despite the exposure he received early in his career.
One of the younger players seen at this tournament, 16-year old big man and Mali native Bakary Konate did a very nice job acquainting himself with the European and American scouts in attendance.
Konate is very undeveloped physically as you can imagine considering his age—he possesses a poor lower body (with very skinny legs) that may limit his ability to develop moving forward, but does have a nice upper body. He’s a fairly mobile player who plays extremely hard and possesses a very nice feel for the game—three things that leave significant room for optimism regarding his long-term future. He is a very good rebounder and appears to have decent touch around the basket and when facing up, even showing some limited ball-handling skills in transition. His hands do not appear to be that great, but there is still time to work on this part of the game. Defensively he got pushed around quite a bit by the more physically mature players he went up against, and also showed his lack of experience on this end of the floor. Considering how young he is (he really does look it too), Konate is definitely a guy to keep an eye on for the future. The fact that he also plays for one of the best teams in all of Europe in terms of developing young talent is a big plus as well.