Timberwolves get 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and Consensus 2nd Team All-American
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keita Bates-Diop, a 6-foot-7-inch Ohio State forward from Normal, Illinois, was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“We are really excited for Keita and his family,” Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach, said. “This is a day he has certainly earned. He is a tremendous talent and an outstanding teammate. The Timberwolves are adding a pro in every sense of the word. Congratulations to Keita, his parents Richard and Wilma and his brother Kai on this exciting day and accomplishment.”
Bates-Diop completed his redshirt junior season with the Buckeyes in 2017-18 after sitting out the 2016-17 season with injury.
In three seasons as a Buckeye, Bates-Diop, who graduated earlier from Ohio State last fall with a degree in economics, averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over a total of 109 games and 70 starts. The 2017-18 season was his best in Scarlet and Gray. He led the Big Ten in scoring a year ago with 19.8 points a game and was second in the league with 8.7 rebounds a contest.
His efforts on the court led Ohio State to a 25-9 overall record, an eight-game improvement in the win column over the season he sat out in 2016-17 (17-15). The Buckeyes also finished 15-3 in Big Ten regular-season play last year, finished second in the league standings and earned a No. 2 seed in the annual conference tournament. The Buckeyes were selected as a No. 5 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, splitting games against South Dakota State (W, 81-73) and Gonzaga (L, 90-84) in the West Region.
Bates-Diop was named the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and an NCAA Consensus Second Team All-American under the direction of first year head coach Chris Holtmann.
D’Angelo Russell was the last Buckeye selected in the draft. He was taken with the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He is currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets.
Bates-Diop is the 53rd Buckeye overall selected in the NBA Draft. Since 2000, when Scoonie Penn, currently Ohio State’s director of player development, was taken in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks, Ohio State players have had their names called 14 times on draft night. Eight Buckeyes have gone in the opening round in that time since Greg Oden, a student-assistant coach with the current team, was taken No. 1 by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007. Mike Conley Jr., currently with the Memphis Grizzlies, was the No. 4 pick in 2007 and Daequan Cook was claimed with the No. 21 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers that year.
Kosta Koufos (2008/Utah Jazz), B.J. Mullens (2009/Dallas Mavericks), Evan Turner (2010, Philadelphia 76ers), Jared Sullinger (2012/Boston Celtics) and Russell are the most recent first-round Buckeyes.
Jon Diebler (2011/Portland Trail Blazers) and Deshaun Thomas (2013/San Antonio Spurs) are Ohio State’s most recent second-round selections.
Bates-Diop’s Career Accomplishments
2018 Big Ten Player of the Year (media, coaches)
2018 First Team All-Big Ten (media, coaches)
2018 Associated Press Second Team All-America
2018 Sporting News Second Team All-America
2018 USBWA Second Team All-America
2018 NABC Second Team All-America
2018 Wooden Award All-America
2018 USBWA District V Player of the Year
2018 USBWA All-District V Team
2016 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (media, coaches)
2017-18 Bates-Diop Season Highlights
USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
Naismith Player of the Year semifinalist and Julius Erving Award finalist
Big Ten Player of the Week (12/11, 1/8. 1/15, 2/5)
Naismith Trophy, USBWA and NBCSports.com National Player of the Week (1/8)
Recorded third double-double in as many games with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Texas Southern (11/16)
Recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Stanford (11/24)
Tallied double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Butler (11/26)
Posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards to go along with five assists at Wisconsin (12/2)
Went for a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds against Michigan (12/4)
Scored a then career-high 27 points while pulling down five rebounds against William & Mary (12/9)
Scored 26 points against North Carolina (12/23)
Went for 19 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks against Miami, Ohio (12/30)
Notched a game-high 27 points and 13 boards at Iowa (1/4)
Went for a 32 points to go along with seven boards and three steals vs. Michigan State (1/7)
Tallied 26 points and eight boards against Maryland (1/11)
Notched eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 boards vs. Minnesota (1/20)
Totaled 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks against Indiana (1/30)
Went for a career-high 35 points to go along with 13 boards against Illinois (2/4)
Tallied double-double with 18 points and 11 boards at Purdue (2/7)
Went for 17 points and seven rebounds at Michigan (2/18)
Totaled 24 points, 14 points, four assists and four blocks at Indiana (2/23)
Tallied a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds against South Dakota State (3/15)
Scored 28 points against Gonzaga (3/17)
Bates-Diop by the Numbers in 2017-18 at Ohio State
7.2 Defensive rebounds per game for Keita Bates-Diop, second in the Big Ten
7.3 Field goals made per game by Keita Bates-Diop, tops in the B1G
8.7 Rebounds per game for Keita Bates-Diop, second in the Big Ten
9.2 Rebounds per game for Keita Bates-Diop in B1G Conference games, second in the league
13 Double-doubles for Keita Bates-Diop, second most in the B1G
His 13 D-Ds tie for the No. 24 spot for a single season in OSU history
16 Players with 600-point scoring seasons in Ohio State history (672/Bates-Diop in 2018)
19 Career double-doubles for Keita Bates-Diop (18-1 when he posted a D-D), tied for 16th all-time at Ohio State
19.4 Scoring average for Keita Bates-Diop in B1G Conference games, second in the league
19.8 Season scoring average for Keita Bates-Diop, highest since Deshaun Thomas (733/19.8 ppg.) in 2013 Bates-Diop led the Big Ten in scoring with 19.8 ppg.
20.4 Keita Bates-Diop’s scoring average at Value City Arena in 2017-18 (18 games), an Ohio State record
23 Seasons all-time with a 600-point scorer in Ohio State history (672/Bates-Diop in 2018)
28 Points scored by Keita Bates-Diop vs. Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament, 10th highest in Ohio State history
30.1 Average of Points, Assists, Rebounds (PAR) per game for Keita Bates-Diop, tops in the B1G
33 Players all-time to score 500 or more points in a season (672/Bates-Diop in 2018)
35 Points scored vs. Illinois by Keita Bates-Diop, most in a game since Jared Sullinger (40) vs. IUPUI in 2011
128 Career blocked shots by Keita Bates-Diop, ninth most in Ohio State history
132 Field Goals Made for Keita Bates-Diop at VCA in 2017-18, second most in a building history (1999-2018)
296 Total rebounds for Keita Bates-Diop, second most in the B1G
368 Points scored at VCA by Keita Bates-Diop in 2017-18, second most in a season in building history
515 Season field goals attempted by Keita Bates-Diop, tied for ninth most all-time
672 Season points for Keita Bates-Diop, tied for 10th all-time