Keita Bates-Diop announced he will not be back at Ohio State for his senior season and decided to enter the NBA Draft.
This will be a big blow to the Buckeyes basketball team, but it was something the team most likely expected to come from the Big Ten Player of the Year.
Bates-Diop had a tremendous season and was the main reason the Buckeyes made the NCAA tournament and turned lots of heads this season.
Bates-Diop averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists per game . That’s a whole lot missing for the Buckeyes basketball team next season.
The big question is where will Bates-Diop fall in the draft in June?
His numbers sure show he was one of the best players in the country last season. However, I don’t believe he’ll be taken very high.
Personally I believe Keita is worth a lottery pick, but I don’t think teams see him that way as of now.
He’s a good shooter, he’s good at the rim, knocks down his free throws but his athleticism and size is a question mark for teams.
Will he play SF or PF in the NBA?
I think those kind of questions will make him fall in the draft. A strong combine could certainly change these things from now until June.
I think the perfect fit for Keita to fall is to a team like San Antonio. With rumors swarming about Kawhi Leonard’s future with the team and Greg Popovich as the coach, I think that would be the best case scenario for Bates-Diop.
Gregg Popovich has showed many times he knows how to get the most out of his players, and can utilize their talents like no other coach can throughout the league.
If Bates-Diop is lucky, the Spurs draft him in the the first round but I think it’s likely he’s going to be picked before the 20’s.