Ohio State Forward Keita Bates-Diop NBA Draft

Ohio State Forward Keita Bates-Diop NBA Draft


Second Round to the Minnesota Timberwolves

Keita Bates-Diop was pick number forty eight for the Minnesota Timber Wolves in the recent 2018 NBA Draft, his name many are already familiar. Bates- Diop's place on the board into the second round of picks was unexpected because he has already demonstrated his skills as part of the Big Ten. With the experience that he has in college, he is expected to be a strong asset to the team.

Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota head coach, expressed surprise at him remaining after the first round of picks in the Draft. He attributes his late selection to the high number of skilled players from which to choose. Thibodeau stated they picked him due to his performance during a workout and his past year at Ohio State.

College Career

Bates-Diop's title of the Big Ten Player of the Year with the Buckeyes for 2017-18 was well earned. At 6'7" with a 7'3" fingertip to fingertip stretch, he averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Odds are he will play backup to Andrew Wiggins, but with a little work, he may be able to play the four, also.

NBA Promise

His range of skills ranges from his ability to pose a lob threat on offense, to using that impressive wingspan to block passes and switch between defenders, to extraordinary skills as a wing rebounder. As a major offensive player for OSU, his form when shooting shows promise. With effort, he can up his current percentage of 35.9 from three point range. In all, his remarkable adaptability makes him an excellent choice for the NBA.

Thibodeau and the staff of the Timberwolves are pleased with Bates-Diop as their pick for the upcoming season. He has a strong determination to grow as a player. With some strength building and work on his shooting skills, he promises to be a player to watch.

2018 NBA Draft Profile: Ohio State Keita Bates-Diop (Forward, Senior)

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
ESPN 5:00pm ET

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET