Keita Bates-Diop Named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List

By James Grega on January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Keita Bates-Diop

With 10 games left in the regular season, Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is getting national recognition. 

The Big Ten's leading scorer was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list Monday afternoon, a trophy that is given to college basketball's national player of the year. Bates-Diop is joined by Michigan State's Miles Bridges as the only Big Ten players on the watch list. 

Earlier in the season, Bates-Diop was left off of the John Wooden Award midseason watch list, something that Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann had a hard time believing. 

"For what it's worth, I don't look much into awards but you saw those Wooden things that came out midseason, I could not believe he was not on it," Holtmann said following Ohio State's 71-65 win over Northwestern on Jan. 17. 

Bates-Diop is averaging 19.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season, good for first and third in the Big Ten respectively. The Normal, Ill. native is also ranked fifth in the conference in blocks, swatting 1.8 shots per game. 

Pos First Team Ht Wt Yr Hometown
F DeAndre Ayton, Arizona 7-1 250 Fr. Nassau, Bahamas
F Marvin Bagley III, Duke 6-11 234 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz.
F Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State 6-7 235 Jr. Normal, Ill.
G Trevon Bluiett, Xavier 6-6 198 Sr. Indianapolis, Ind.
G/F Mikal Bridges, Villanova 6-7 210 Jr. Malvern, Pa.
G/F Miles Bridges, Michigan State 6-7 225 So. Flint, Mich.
G Jalen Brunson, Villanova 6-3 190 Jr. Lincolnshore, Ill.
G Jevon Carter, West Virginia 6-7 205 Sr. Maywood, Ill.
F Mike Daum, South Dakota State 6-9 250 Jr. Kimball, Neb.
C Angel Delgado, Seton Hall 6-10 245 Sr. Bajos de Haina, D.R.
G Devonté Graham, Kansas 6-2 185 Sr. Raleigh, N.C.
G Tra Holder, Arizona State 6-1 180 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
C Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s 6-11 255 Sr. Malvern East, Australia
G Trae Young, Oklahoma 6-2 180 Fr. Norman, Okla.
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