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Layer Inks Konan to National Letter of Intent

April 15, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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On Wednesday Dale Layer inked his first recruit as Liberty's head coach.

On Wednesday Dale Layer inked his first recruit as Liberty's head coach.

Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer announced that Patrick Konan has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the 2009-10 academic year.

Konan, Layer's first signee as Liberty's head coach, hails from Ivory Coast on the southwestern side of Africa. The 6-5 wingman came stateside to play at The Rock High School in Gainesville, Fla., helping the Lions to a 24-5 record and a Final Four appearance in the Florida State High School Championship this season.

"Patrick is a guy I was recruiting while I was an assistant at Liberty," said Layer. "I closely followed Patrick's career over the past two years and he was the first player I called after being named head coach, gauging his interest in Liberty."

"We are very excited about Patrick signing with Liberty," commented The Rock Head Men's Basketball Coach Svend Wilbekin. "We think Liberty is a wonderful school and we are excited Patrick has the opportunity to play for Coach Layer. We were happy to hear about Coach Layer's hiring as Liberty's head coach, because he has known Patrick for a while and has watched him develop as a student-athlete. Once Coach Layer was hired, it turned the tide in the recruiting process for Patrick."
Konan led The Rock in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg), while hitting on 57.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 31.0 percent of his three-point shots. The North Central Florida 1A-2A Player of the Year tallied a season-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting to top Lakewood, ranked at the time No. 4 in Class 5A, 79-69, in the opening round of the prestigious 35th Annual Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Fla.

"Patrick is an extremely athletic wing player with a great body and developing skills," stated Layer. "We are getting a tremendous person and tremendous student who will make an immediate impact on our program as a student, person and player."

"Coming from a Christian school, many people around here are excited Patrick is going to Liberty because of the Christian education he will receive," commented Wilbekin. "Liberty is getting a great player with an incredible work ethic, bringing many things to the table. He is a tenacious rebounder, has good range from three-point range and possesses a high basketball IQ."

Konan selected Liberty over offers from Florida International, North Florida, Stetson and Utah State.

Liberty looks to announce more NLI signings before the May 20 deadline for men's basketball. Visit to check on the latest men's basketball news.