Chris Holtmann: Keita Bates-Diop is One of The Best Players in The Country

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IronPastor's picture

As KBD will this team.  Offensively, defensively and in support roles..glad he is healthy and on our team.


TJ1's picture

Strong team. You saw other guys step up. Don't be surprised by what they do. Keep it going. Go Bucks!

JJBuckeye's picture

KDB is a well spoken young man who seems very mature beyond his years.  He seems to be a great leader who doesn't seem to be the vocal guy, but leads by example.  I like everything about this team.  Because they are a TEAM.  Go Bucks

gobucks5413's picture

Bates-Diop is fantastic. That play late in the game where he drove baseline and hit a pull up jumper was an NBA move.

Also, Holtmann is starting to sound like a mini urban. How blunt he is with criticisms, but also how quick he is to stand up for his guys when they are wronged in some way, like being left off a wooden list. Good stuff.

joebuckeye5's picture

Holtmann and KBD have done nothing but impress the hell out of me this entire season.  I hope the Buckeye faithful are beginning to pay attention to hoops again after some rough years (it took the comeback against Michigan to get me to fully buy back in).  I think with these two leading the way (and throw in Tate's leadership) this team can truly accomplish things that were beyond even the biggest Buckeye homer's imagination (save for Dan Dakich).

southalabamabuckeye's picture

I liked how KBD didn't force things "to get his" against NW. He played within the game looking for team success.

Sanantonefan's picture

KBD has grown leaps and bounds as far as maturity, leadership, and effort is concerned from previous years. He always had the talent, but has taken it to a new level. Go Bucks!

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

BuckNutChicago's picture

I love how this team has come together with KBD as the leader.  Big game this weekend in MSG.

Go Buckeyes!!!

Huskerbuck's picture

KBD is one classy guy both on and off the court, mature and well-spoken. While individually he is an exceptional talent he is also a team first guy and great team leader, leading by example. 

brutus0717's picture

" I get a lot of the credit sometimes because I put up a bunch of points and rebounds, but the rest of the guys are doing a lot of good things"

Words of a champion, and a true "team first" guy. He knows he's the on-court leader of this team, but I get the feeling he leads off the court too. KBD, and this team, are really fun to watch.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

Buck68's picture

the cycle of progress in a circle, begins again.

a person improves to the point where he is very successful in part... and the hyperbole in everything about him...explodes.

Amazingly...other teams begin to adapt, and suddenly this skyrocketing  dominance... drops 50% [stats are so twue....]

And then the excuses and narratives start...

Be cause of what fanatics feel he is... or isn't... instead of what he is ever striving for...

...instead of part of a team, in a dynamic, competitive team game.

Welcome Buckeye team, welcome KBD ... to the challenge of maturity.  Here's how one person considered it:

If—  Rudyard Kipling, 1865 - 1936

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”; If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run— Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

ScarletGray43157's picture

I can't believe anyone downvoted Rudyard Kipling.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

bucksfan92's picture

When your star player doesn’t think about himself as a star and is quick to point out the good things his teammates are doing that is the ultimate sign of team chemistry. It also makes that star player an even more impressive player because he is a true teammate.  I’ve always liked KBD and it was clear to me 2 years ago that he and Tate were a very good nucleus to build a team around. It’s so much fun to see them finally having the kind of success that they expected when they came to OSU. 

Buck68's picture

relax, Coach!

You say it best, when less is more; when 'he's getting better in some aspects of the game', not "he's one of the best in America".

stpetebuck's picture

Winning a road conference game while the star has an off night shooting bodes well. 

Medals and promotions are in order. 

Stampeding Buckeye's picture

I love how KBD is playing right now. His maturity (praising teammates) while really improving his game has been a pleasure to watch.

-Yeah, Baby!

Icouldnotgofor3's picture

KBD is right as it is a team game and they are playing with confidence and having fun. Potter stepping up with attitude last night was not surprising as I suspected he can be an impact player coming off the bench. He played with some aggression and it was nice to see. Dakich needs to continue taking those shots when the opponent gives him the opportunity. Great to see A. Wesson hit that three pointer as well.

Jallow is doing too much thinking out there and playing tentative. He just needs to relax and let the game come to him and have some fun playing the game he loves. Kyle Young needs more PT and needs to play with 'tude" when he's in. If this team can get bench contributions, that will make them an even more dangerous team come March.

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

Seattle Linga's picture

I love watching him play now that he's healthy again.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

DP71's picture

IMO, KBD is one of the top 5 players in the country, especially since he has to lead a team with very few experienced players.  And, he and Tate, do that very very well.