DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men's basketball head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Monday that Patrick Konan (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) will join the program and attend UNH this fall after transferring from Liberty University. He will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will be a sophomore when he begins playing in 2011-12.
"We've been looking to bring in a transfer the last couple of years so we're really happy to get Patrick from Liberty," Herrion said. "He will give us a head start with next year's recruiting class cause he has to sit out this year. He is a very good athlete, a very good defender and has a lot of upside on the offensive end of the floor."
Konan, a 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound forward, started 24 of the 31 games he played in as a freshman last season. He led the team in field goal percentage (.542), including 42.9 percent (3-7) from behind the arc, was third in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and blocks (9), and fourth in scoring (6.9 ppg). Konan, who originally chose Liberty over offers from Florida International, North Florida, Stetson and Utah State, led the team in scoring three times and rebounding four times.
Prior to arriving at Liberty, Konan prepped at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., where he helped the Lions to a 24-5 record and a Final Four appearance in the Florida State High School Championships. Konan was named the North Central Florida 1A-2A Player of the Year after he led The Rock in scoring and rebounding at 14.6 points and 8.3 caroms per game, while hitting on 57.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 31 percent of his 3-point shots. He tallied a season-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting to top Lakewood, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A at the time, 79-69, in the opening round of the prestigious 35th Annual Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Fla.