New redshirt rule’s impact on Ohio State; draft day for Keita Bates-Diop
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How will new NCAA redshirt rule impact Ohio State?
Starting in 2018, the NCAA will allow players to play in up to four games in a season without burning a year of eligibility once during their college careers. The new rule should be welcomed by most college coaches, as it gives them more flexibility with their rosters and provides an opportunity to get first-year players some playing time. But how will the rule impact Ohio State? Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn answered that question, saying “the good seems to far outweigh the bad.”
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Keita Bates-Diop awaits draft fate
Thursday night is the night for Keita Bates-Diop, who is hoping to hear his name called in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. Bates-Diop had a breakout 2017-18 campaign and the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year is projected by many analysts to be a first-round selection. Bates-Diop was predicted to be the 20th overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in The Ringer’s mock draft. CBS Sports projected him as the 29th pick to the Brooklyn Nets. The draft starts at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Ezekiel Elliott has third-best selling NFL jersey
Only two players in the NFL have a more popular jersey than Ezekiel Elliott. According to DICK’S Sporting Goods, the former Ohio State star has the third-best selling NFL jersey, behind only Giants rookie and fellow NFC East running back Saquon Barkley and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Elliott is entering his third NFL season after running for 983 yards in 10 games in 2017.
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