February 28, 2018

Bates-Diop One of 10 Semifinalists for Naismith Player of the Year

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Feb. 28, 2018

VOTE for Keita Bates-Diop COLUMBUS, Ohio--Keita Bates-Diop, a junior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, was recognized as a semifinalist for the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy for the Men’s College Player of the Year Wednesday. The announcement was made by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. 

Bates-Diop was named the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2018 First Team All-Big Ten by both the league coaches and media Monday. 

A member of the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Player of the Year watch list and Julius Erving Award candidate, Bates-Diop was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season and earned Naismith Trophy, USBWA and NBCSports.com National Player of the Week honors Jan. 8. The 28th player in Ohio State history to eclipse 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds, Bates-Diop sits 38th in program history with 1,195 career points.

Ohio State, ranked No. 13 in the most recent Associated Press Poll, opens Big Ten Tournament play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ohio State will face either No. 10 seed Northwestern or No. 7 seed Penn State. The Buckeyes enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed.