U-High Grad Keita Bates-Diop Named Big Ten Player of the Year
University High School Graduate and Bloomington-Normal native Keita Bates-Diop has received the Big Ten Player of the Year Award. Bates Diop came to Ohio State University in 2014 and is a redshirt junior.
As many remember, Bates-Diop drew much interest from recruiters across the nation during his time at U-High. He committed to OSU on November 18 ,2012.
At the time, ESPN noted, "This long and athletic power forward has good hands touch around the rim and runs the floor extremely well. He finishes over defenders with length as opposed to strength at this stage of his game. He scores in the low post with turn shots and faces with short quick attacks."
U-High Principal Andrea Markert congratulated Bates-Diop in a comment to AdaptBN, "U-High is so proud of Keita Bates-Diop. We have been able to watch him grow from a freshman in high school to the player and person he is today. Keita has always been a hard worker and has always been focused on his goals. He is athletic, smart and most important, a good person. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. We are proud he is continuing to represent his hometown well."
A Look at Bates-Diop's Basketball Career:
Cleveland.com (Feb. 2014): Ohio State Can't Shoot Now, but Help is on the Way Next Year with Keita Bates-Diop, D'Angelo Russell
"Though Bates-Diop's team lost to St. Vincent-St. Mary, he finished with a game-high 31 points. He knocked down six threes, had a consistent mid-range jumper and earned points by driving to the rim and getting to the free-throw line. Bates-Diop, a five-star small forward, was the whole package, one coach Thad Matta probably wishes he could overnight to Ohio State." - Ari Washerman
The Lantern (Feb. 2015): Keita Bates-Diop Providing Spark Off the Bench for Ohio State Men’s Basketball
“He played really well against Rutgers. He knocked down some shots for them so he gives them another outside threat,” [Nittany Lion coach] Chambers said after the game. “He’s long, he’s athletic and he’s rangy so he’s going to be a really good player for years to come. But he gives you another guy you have to worry about out there other than No. 0.” - James Grega
The Columbus Dispatch (Nov. 2017): Keita Bates-Diop Shines in Opening Act of Comeback
“He’s much bigger and longer than he looks on film, for sure,” Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole said. “He’s just so smooth and really effortless with a lot of his decisions, the way he was able to rebound the ball, the way he was able to shoot the ball. He’s just so skilled and talented, he’s a hard matchup.” - Adam Jardy
The Lantern (Jan. 2018): Men’s Basketball: Keita Bates-Diop Emerging as Legitimate Contender for Big Ten Player of the Year
“There’s so much left to be played. There’s a lot left for us to prove. He’s just got to be Keita and whatever comes out of that, comes out of that,” Holtmann said. “But certainly [the NBA’s] a more and more real possibility. And if that were to happen, we’d be really happy. But we’ve got so much left to kind of learn when it comes to that situation.” - Edward Sutelan
Over the past four years at OSU, Bates-Diop has emerged as a star. He now has 1,195 points throughout his OSU career, with serious prospects of entering the NBA draft after his fourth season at OSU.