Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was named a First-Team All-American by NCAA.com’s Andy Katz on Tuesday, marking yet another honor for the junior in the midst of a triumphant comeback season.
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Bates-Diop, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year last week, is averaging 19.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for the Buckeyes, who were eliminated by Penn State in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Bates-Diop scored 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting against the Nittany Lions, but it wasn’t enough to push Ohio State into the semifinals.
The junior missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his left shin, causing some doubt on his level of play upon returning. Bates-Diop has done everything to quiet the naysayers and more, leading Ohio State to numerous big-time wins and the No. 2 seed in the league tournament.
Here’s what Katz wrote about Bates-Diop:
“The Big Ten player of the year was the reason the Buckeyes were in contention for the league title. He returned to be a given for the Buckeyes. He averaged 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was a leader throughout the season. Stud.”