Minnesota center Bakary Konaté was recently profiled in the April edition of Ski-U-Mah Magazine. Below is an excerpt from Rick Moore's story.
Bakary Konaté flashes a wide, warm smile and reaches down to shake a visitor’s hand before ducking under some scaffolding that’s become a new fixture in the Bierman athletic complex—a precursor to the new Athletes Village rising to the east.
Upon entering a conference room, Konaté takes a seat at the end of a long table, his legs splayed everywhere, and suddenly you realize you don’t have it so bad on airplanes, after all.
By all accounts, the junior center on the Gopher basketball team is a blast of West African sunshine in the University of Minnesota community, with a personality even larger than his 6-11, 235-pound frame. But on this day he’s a bit reserved, especially after finding out his story will be shared at length to a broader audience.
That’s the price of endearing yourself to your teammates and adopted state and having a rich tale worth telling.
To read the full article along with the rest of the magazine, please visit SkiUMahMagazine.com.
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