COMMITTED: Catching Up with Keita Bates-Diop

By Miles Joseph on November 18, 2012 at 9:00p
Bates-Diop is the first 2014 verbal for OSU

It was very important that Thad Matta and the Buckeye basketball class get off to a quick start on the 2014 class, after what many consider being disappointing classes in 2012, with just one commit, and in 2013, with two verbals so far.

Matta did just that today by getting a verbal pledge from Normal (IL) University SF/PF Keita Bates-Diop.

At 6-7/185, Diop is the first member of the 2014 hoops class, which figures to be an extremely important group for the future of the Ohio State basketball program.

In getting the commitment from Diop, the Buckeyes have established a good base, which will be important in recruiting other 2014 targets such as Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell, Jae'sean Tate, and many others.

Diop was on campus for the Ohio State vs. UCF football game and obviously liked what he saw on campus and in the basketball program as he pulled the trigger on the OSU offer this afternoon, which was a surprise to many.

We caught up with Diop to get the scoop on his commitment to the Buckeyes and much more.

Keep reading to learn more about the newest Buckeye basketball player, Keita Bates-Diop.

Why did you decide to become a Buckeye?

I felt really good about it. I had really good relationships with the coaches, and felt it was the right time, so I committed.

How did your commitment go down?

I called Coach Matta yesterday and told him I was going to be a Buckeye. I told him I was going to make it public today. Today my AAU coach publicly announced it on Twitter.

Which other schools did you consider?

I also considered Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Florida, and Purdue.

What do you like most about Ohio State?

The overall atmosphere – it’s a great town, a great campus, and will be a great place to play.

What were the biggest factors in your decision?

A lot of little things like my relationships with the coaches, the atmosphere, and the people are great.

Will you be at any games this year?

Yeah, I will definitely be at a couple of games. I'm not sure which ones I'll be attending just yet.

Who was your primary recruiter at Ohio State?

Coach Boals. We have a good, casual relationship, and talk about a lot of things that aren’t related to basketball.

How does OSU plan on using you?

Coach Matta told me he sees me playing the 3 position.

Do you have relationships with other top recruits in Illinois (Okafor)?

I talk to a few of them every once in a while, but I don't have a really close relationship with any of them.

How is basketball season going so far?

It's going really well. We've been practicing for a couple of weeks and we have our first game tomorrow.

What is the strongest part of your game?

My versatility. I have good size for my position so I can shoot over people. I’m also a good shooter for my size.

What would you like to say to Buckeye Nation?

I’m just looking forward to getting on campus and becoming part of the team. I’m excited to be a Buckeye.


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DMcDougal24's picture

I hadn't heard this yet. Great news! As a Cavs fan, I could use a new face to put with the name Diop

osubuckeye4life's picture

Welcome to The Ohio State University Keita!

dubjayfootball90's picture

Welcome, good Sir.... Excited to see you play in the future.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

TMargo's picture

maybe this will cool the jets on the "Matta is losing his touch" bashing. Since Matta took over we have experienced the best run of success the program has seen in my lifetime.  I am 30 and anyone under 50 has to agree with that statement.  He has the team focused on getting to the Sweet 16 for the 4th year in a row.  Pretty confident the man has an idea on how to get things done. 
Welcome to the family Keita!!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Interesting note: Diop plays for the same AAU program that brought OSU the NPOY and All American Evan Turner.

biggy84's picture

Welcome to the family! 

zbd's picture

Good to see a recruit early. Now other top players need to follow suit and come to Columbus.

bergy22's picture

When is that new basketball facility supposed to be completed? That could help reel in some of these big time players. Lots to celebrate in Buckeye Nation.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I've heard it should be completed in 2013, and they hope to have it ready for the 2013-2014 season.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Tremendous start to the 2014 class. Go Bucks!

Normal Buck's picture

Great to have you aboard, Keita!  Welcome.
. . . And let's beat M* ch*g*n!

d5k's picture

Matta loves 6'8 guys who can shoot the rock. With thomas and ross we will have guys like that for a while not to mention Loving next year!