COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior forward Keita Bates-Diop has been included in the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. The announcement was made on ESPNU Monday.
Bates-Diop has had a breakout out junior campaign after missing the majority of the 2016-17 season with injury. In 25 games this season, Bates-Diop averages a Big Ten leading 20.2 points per game. He also contributes 8.9 rebounds. He became Ohio State’s 55th player all-time to score more than 1,000 career points and is one of 28 players in Ohio State history to score more than 1,000 points and grab more than 500 rebounds.
A threat from both inside and out, Bates-Diop is shooting 37 percent from 3-point range (47-128) and is scoring at a 51 percent clip overall (186-365) from the field. The Bloomington, Ill., native scored a career-high 35 points his last time out vs. Illinois while adding 13 rebounds. He has been named the Big Ten player of the week four times this season, most-recently claiming the honor earlier Monday after averaging 24 points and 13 rebounds in wins over Indiana and Illinois last week. Jared Sullinger is the last Buckeye to earn Big Ten Player of the Week four times in a season (2011). He was the National and Big Ten Freshman of the Year that season.
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