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San Antonio Spurs | #31 | Forward

Keita

Bates-Diop

PPG

5.7

RPG

3.9

APG

0.7

PIE

9.2

HEIGHT

6'8" (2.03m)

WEIGHT

229lb (104kg)

COUNTRY

USA

LAST ATTENDED

Ohio State

AGE

26 years

BIRTHDATE

January 23, 1996

DRAFT

2018 R2 Pick 48

EXPERIENCE

4 Years

6'8" | 229lb | 26 years

DRAFT

2018 R2 Pick 48

BIRTHDATE

January 23, 1996

COUNTRY

USA

LAST ATTENDED

Ohio State

EXPERIENCE

4 Years

Player Bio

Keita Bates-Diop was born in Bloomington, Illinois in 1996. Bates-Diop's father, Richard, played collegiate basketball at Creighton in the early '80s. The younger Bates-Diop attended University High School in Normal, Illinois, where he blossomed into a superstar in his final two years. As a junior at University High, Bates-Diop averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 52 percent from the field to lead his team to a 22-6 record and Corn Belt Conference championship, its second in a row. The Pioneers won a third consecutive Corn Belt Conference Championship with Bates-Diop leading them to a 22-5 record. For his efforts, Bates-Diop was a three-time First Team All-State (Class 3A) selection by the Associated Press. Bates-Diop moved on to collegiate ball at Ohio State University, where he spent the next four seasons. You can follow Bates-Diop on Twitter @KBD_33. Bates-Diop was named as the 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year after his senior year at Ohio St. The Normal, Illinois native was also named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention list after his sophomore season in 2016-17. In the 2017-18 season, he led the Big Ten in total field goals (247) while leading Ohio State in points (19.8), blocks (1.6) and rebounds (8.7) per game. Bates-Diop opted to enter the 2018 NBA Draft after his redshirt junior season. He was chosen in the second round of the draft (48th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves.