After Ohio State’s 90-84 loss to Gonzaga in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, junior Keita Bates-Diop may have played his final game for the Buckeyes.
On the other hand, he may not have.
Ohio State’s star was asked after the loss to Gonzaga about his future plans.
“I haven’t really decided or thought about it,” Bates-Diop said. “I’m just trying to focus on spending the rest of my time here with the seniors that are definitely not coming back. I’ll talk with my family, talk with the coaches and all that and will determine that soon. I don’t know, I’ve never dealt with this before, so I don’t know how long it’s supposed to take.”
Bates-Diop still has a season of eligibility left, but his stock right now for the next level is as high as it has ever been. This season, the 6-foot-7 forward won the Big Ten Player of the Year award and led the Buckeyes to a 25-9 overall record after going 17-15 last season.
He averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season while shooting 48 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range.