Bates-Diop named USBWA District V Player of the Year, Holtmann Coach of the Year
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Junior Keita Bates-Diop added a few accolades to his resume as the Ohio State men’s basketball team prepares for the 2018 NCAA Tournament this week.
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced its All-District teams Tuesday. Ohio State was well represented on the District V team, made up of student-athletes from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Bates-Diop was named the District V Player of the Year while Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, was named the District V Coach of the Year.
For more on the 2018 USBWA District Players and Coaches of the Year click HERE.
The Sporting News All-America Teams were announced Monday. Bates-Diop was selected to the SN Second Team All-America squad.
For more on The Sporting News All-America Teams click HERE.
The last Buckeye to be named an All-American was D’Angelo Russell in 2015. He was a consensus First Team All-American.
The Sporting News along with the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the USBWA are the current organizations who select consensus All-America teams. Ohio State’s last second team consensus All-Americans were Greg Oden in 2007 and Scoonie Penn in 2000. Both Oden (student assistant coach) and Penn (director of player development) are current members of the Ohio State basketball staff.
In addition to the recent USBWA and Sporting News honors, Bates-Diop was placed on the 2018 National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award. He is one of 15 players named to the ballot.
For more on the Wooden Award click HERE.
A native of Normal, Illinois, Bates-Diop ranks second in the Big Ten at 19.4 points per game, third with 8.8 rebounds per contest and sixth with 54 blocked shots. His 12 double-doubles rank second in the Big Ten as the Buckeyes are 11-1 when he notches a double-double in 2017-18. Bates-Diop has scored in double figures in 30 of 32 contests, helping Ohio State to a 24-8 record.