Makan Konate enters his fourth year with the Patriots and is expected to challenge for playing time in the frontcourt... Shoots well from the outside... Has good speed, quickness and jumping ability... Solid defender who can guard multiple positions... Versatile player who can play outside and inside... Will gain additional minutes as he gets stronger... Majoring in global affairs.
2005-06: Appeared in 11 games for the Patriots, including Mason's NCAA Tournament win over Michigan State... Also appeared in the Final Four, playing one minute against Florida... Scored first collegiate basket against William & Mary, a turnaround jumper in the lane in the final two minutes... Also had a rebound in that contest... Had career-high three rebounds in three minutes against James Madison... Played career-high eight minutes against American.
2004-05: Saw action in nine games off the bench... Played 19 minutes... Attempted three field goals, including two 3-pointers... Earned first career steal vs. James Madison (2/5/05)... Corralled one rebound vs. Maryland (12/4/04) and William & Mary (1/29/05).
2003-04: Appeared in six games off the bench... Played 11 minutes... Took three shots, including one three-pointer... Pulled down one rebound at UNC (12/7/03) and one vs. McNeese State (12/18/03).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played one-year of varsity basketball for coach Mo Cassara at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts... Averaged 6.8 points as a senior at Worcester... Selected a 2002-03 McDonald's nominee... Named an Eastern Invitational all-star in 2002... Played in the Big Time tournament in Las Vegas... Garnered Midland-Wachusett League D Division first-team all-star status... Had an outstanding two-year varsity career at Ayer (Mass.) High School for coach Morgan Canara... Averaged 18.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game as a sophomore... Named 2000-01 team most valuable player... Played in the ABCD camp following his freshman season.
PERSONAL: Full name is Makan Oury-Fa Konate... Born August 22, 1983 in Bamako, Mali, Africa... Son of Fadiola Konate and Oury Nomoko... Has one brother, Bakary Konate, who plays men's basketball at Bowie State University... Enjoys reading and watching movies... 2003 graduate of Worcester Academy... Chose George Mason over Massachusetts, Maine, and Central Connecticut State.