NCAA Basketball

Keita Bates-Diop: 2014 Forward Adds Ohio State to List of Offers

Mike Mullins, director of the Illinois Wolves’ AAU program, tweeted out of Friday afternoon that 2014 forward Keita Bates-Diop has picked up a new scholarship offer from Ohio State.

The Buckeyes, who have handed out a number of offers this week, became the latest high-major and the latest Big Ten program to offer Bates-Diop.

In addition, Nigel Hayes (2013), Jalen Lindsey (2014), and Sindarius Thornwell (2013) are among those who have also picked up offers from the Buckeyes over the course of the past week or so.

As for Bates-Diop, the 6-foot-7 forward continues to blossom into one of the more highly-regarded recruits, not only in the Midwest, but in the nation.

An Illinois-native, Bates-Diop currently attends University H.S. (IL).

In addition to Friday’s offer from Ohio State, Bates-Diop also holds scholarships from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin.

In preparation of his junior year, the forward can look back at a very successful summer in terms of his recruitment.

Bates-Diop remains on the radar for many high-profile programs, ranging from a number of the nation’s power conferences. In fact, Mullins also tweeted on Friday that Florida is the latest school to express interest.

ESPN ranks Bates-Diop at No. 43 in the nation within the class of 2014. Rivals pins the forward at No. 42.


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