COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop has elected to declare for the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft. Bates-Diop, who has not yet hired an agent, made the announcement Monday at Value City Arena.
Bates-Diop, a second team All-America selection by The Sporting News, the NABC and USBWA, led Ohio State with 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures in 32 of 34 contests in 2017-18. The 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten pick helped Ohio State to a 25-9 record, 15-3 in Big Ten play, a No. 2 seed in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament and a No. 5 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. A native of Normal, Illinois, Bates-Diop has played in 109 career games, making 70 starts, while averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He finishes his junior season ranked 34th on the Ohio State career scoring list with 1,272 points
The 2018 NBA draft will be held at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Since 1947, 51 Ohio State basketball players have competed for roster spots on NBA teams as league draft picks, including 24 first-rounders. Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook were all taken in the first round during the 2007 NBA Draft with Oden going No. 1 (Portland), Conley No. 4 (Memphis) and Cook No. 21 (Philadelphia). All had just completed their freshman season at Ohio State. D’Angelo Russell is the most-recent Buckeye selected in the draft’s first round, going second to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. Jared Sullinger (2012, Boston) Evan Turner (2010, Philadelphia), B.J. Mullens (2009, Dallas then traded to Oklahoma City) and Kosta Koufos (2008, Utah) also are recent opening round Ohio State selections. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in 2010.