Keita Bates-Diop Earns Second Straight Big Ten Player of the Week Award

By James Grega on January 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm
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Another week, another Big Ten Player of the Week award next to Keita Bates-Diop's name. 

The redshirt-junior was named the conference player of the week for the second consecutive time Monday, following a week in which he averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Maryland and Rutgers. 

He earned the conference honors last week after the Buckeyes rolled over No. 1 Michigan State on Jan. 7, a game in which Bates-Diop poured in 32 points. 

Over his last four games, Bates-Diop has accounted for 105 points, helping Ohio State enter the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in nearly three seasons. The Normal, Ill. native leads the Big Ten in scoring this year, contributing 20.3 points per game while also averaging 8.8 rebounds per contest, good for third in the conference. 

Bates-Diop also recently collected his 100th career block in a win over Maryland, and swatted five shots on Sunday in a victory over Rutgers. 

The Buckeyes are set to return to action Wednesday night when they take on Northwestern in Rosemont, Ill. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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