Keita Bates-Diop Named to Naismith Late Season Watch List

By James Grega on February 14, 2018 at 10:05 am
Keita Bates-Diop

The frontrunner for Big Ten Player of the Year is beginning to garner more national attention. 

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was named to the Naismith late season watch list on Wednesday, a list that consists of 30 of the nation's top players. It is the second such late season watch list that Bates-Diop has appeared on this season after he was added to the John R. Wooden award late season list, after being left off the midseason watch list in January. 

The Normal, Ill., native is also on the Oscar Robertson midseason watch list that was released in late January. All three awards honor the top college basketball player in the country, but the Naismith Award is considered by many to be the highest honor of the three. 

This season, Bates-Diop is leading the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game, and is third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 9.0 boards per contest. His 1.6 blocked shots per game also check in at No. 6 in the league.

The last and only Buckeye to win the award was Evan Turner, who took home the honor in 2010.

Bates-Diop and the Buckeyes are set to return to action Thursday at 8 p.m. against Penn State in State College, Pa. 

Naismith Award Late Season Watch List
Marvin Bagley III Fr. Forward Duke ACC
Mohamed Bamba Fr.  Forward Texas Big 12
Keita Bates-Diop Jr. Forward Ohio State Big 10
Joel Berry II Sr. Guard North Carolina ACC
Trevon Bluiett Sr. Guard Xavier Big East
Mikal Bridges Jr. Forward Villanova Big East
Miles Bridges So. Forward Michigan State Big 10
Bryce Brown Jr. Guard Auburn SEC
Jalen Brunson Jr. Guard Villanova Big East
Jevon Carter Sr. Guard West Virginia Big 12
Gary Clark Jr. Forward Cincinnati AAC
Mike Daum Jr. Forward South Dakota State Summit
Angel Delgado Sr. Center Seton Hall Big East
Carsen Edwards So. Guard Purdue Big 10
Vincent Edwards Sr. Forward Purdue Big 10
Keenan Evans Sr. Guard Texas Tech Big 12
Marcus Foster Sr. Guard Creighton Big East
Devonte' Graham Sr. Guard Kansas Big 12
Kyle Guy So. Guard Virginia ACC
Tra Holder Sr. Guard Arizona State Pac-12
Chandler Hutchison Sr. Guard Boise State MWC
Kevin Knox Fr. Forward Kentucky SEC
Jock Landale Sr. Center St. Mary's WCC
Caleb Martin Jr. Forward UNLV MWC
Luke Maye Jr. Forward North Carolina ACC
Collin Sexton Fr. Guard Alabama SEC
Landry Shamet So. Guard Wichita State AAC
Allonzo Triter Jr. Guard Arizona Pac-12
Trae Young Fr. Guard Oklahoma Big 12
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