Ohio State Basketball: Buckeyes Pick Up Junior Forward Keita Bates-Diop

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst INovember 18, 2012

Keita Bates-Diop, a junior small forward from Normal, IL, has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com.

The 6'7" prospect later confirmed his commitment via Twitter.

"I felt really good about the school and the relationships with the staff," Bates-Diop told Scott Burgess of Hoops247.com about his commitment. "The academics are great too and the people I met around campus were great too."

Bates-Diop picked the Buckeyes over Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Kansas State and several other Division I schools.

He is considered the fifth-best small forward and the 21st-best players in the 2014 class by 247Sports.com.

ESPN.com said of the 4-star recruit:

This long and athletic power forward has good hands touch around the rim and runs the floor extremely well. He finishes over defenders with length as opposed to strength as this stage of his game. He scores in the low post with turn shots and faces with short quick attacks.

Last year Bates-Diop averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game as a sophomore at University High School. He was named first team All-State in 2A by the Associated Press.

He has a 7'3" wingspan which will help him play against bigger and stronger players underneath in the Big 10 conference. 

Bates-Diop is the Buckeyes' first commitment for the 2013 class, although they have two quality commits for the 2013 class in Kameron Williams and Marc Loving.

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